Tenhi
Saivo


3.5
great

Review

by fireaboveicebelow USER (108 Reviews)
December 20th, 2011 | 34 replies | 6,061 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist


10 of 11 thought this review was well written

Folk is one of the most consistent genres, and I only say that because it doesn’t seem to be of general consensus or even considered for that matter. Not only is it the oldest genre, but for it to have survived this long ever-flourishing, albeit at a snail’s pace, is no less than noteworthy. Tenhi is a Finnish folk band, dabbling in neo-folk and the like, and have always maintained an undercurrent of natural beauty, and what I mean by that is the songs sound improvised, as if all the sounds are instinctual. This is a fantastic quality - not that this takes anything away from arranged music - because, and especially for the genre, they can paint you into the world of the album and it feels so effortless that you can get just as much out of it from inside your head as you could from within the woods or a river. Saivo, probably their most “night-time” album, continues their quality and continues the journey.

The most noticeable element of the album is that it is quieter overall compared to their other records, due to a little less layering. The first two songs give this away immediately; Saivon Kimallus begins the album like an awakening, the creaking of wood, soft harmonium, and omnipresent piano runs build into the standard muttered vocals, but only as a crescendo whereby Pojan Kiiski solidifies the ideas Saivon Kimallus introduced. Pojan Kiiski also shows that the vocals are granted more emphasis than ever by adding what amounts to a vocal ensemble, an element carried out evenly through the album, and somehow adds to the old sound - Pallu Joelle exemplifies this perfectly.

However, a lot of these songs are also their most complex, giving an interesting dichotomy to those who know the band and a change of pace to folk fans. Speaking of folk, Saivo has, moreso than their other albums, melded the traditional sound of folk with the sounds that forsake the pure folk idea - post rock and ambient for example - which is both funny and great (see Siniset Runot with its three minute ambient interlude or the both ambient and folk Savoie); the standard drum kit works wonders with small pinches of jazz influence but instead of keeping the flute (its in two tracks only), they add a contrabass and electric guitars.

The album is as long as the others, around an hour, and the band didn’t do many favors by arranging the less interesting tracks all near the end, so it will probably start to drag for those who aren’t enamored (luckily, Siniset Runot revitalizes interest). The only other qualm noticeable is the chorus in Pojan Kiiski was just a bad idea, for everything surrounding it is wonderful; the last thing you do when you build up emotion that way is go into an extremely simple, out of place dirge, but that may be just me. That’s not to say Tenhi is bad at mixing up emotions. Haaksi, one of the few long songs, ebbs and flows almost like a river from a tranquil sunset to a somber lamentation, back and forth with no effort whatsoever. Basically, despite a couple missteps, Tenhi represents basically the only good Finnish export this year, and seemingly with no effort whatsoever, as per usual.



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StrangerofSorts
Contributing Reviewer
December 20th 2011



2714 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree. Good review, pos.

fireaboveicebelow
December 20th 2011



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been meaning to check out more folk though tbf my knowledge on the genre is pretty shit. Double pos for this and that Coil review as well.
Finally someone else read that Coil review, thanks. Also, start with a previous album by these guys if you're new to folk.

Fugue
December 20th 2011



7352 Comments


This has a review? I love you.

Fugue
December 20th 2011



7352 Comments


...and that's honest to god bro-on-bro full-homo love I'm talking about.

fireaboveicebelow
December 20th 2011



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love is love man

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2011



5985 Comments


Excellent review, pos.

Interesting band, will investigate.

Digging: Lisa Gerrard - Twilight Kingdom

seedofnothing
December 20th 2011



3425 Comments


One of my favorite folk bands who add many nontraditional folk atmosphere's. Excellent review too, very enjoyable read. I haven't heard this yet but will asap.

ShousoStrip
December 20th 2011



574 Comments


This initially came as a disappointment, but it's grown. :^( still disappointing

fireaboveicebelow
December 21st 2011



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thank you all

Thanntos
December 21st 2011



318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No where NEAR as good as Maaaet, which was my favorite album of the past decade really. But this has a very similar vibe and sound to me. A little slower paced and like you said much quieter, but it still has that Tenhi feel. But the violin, ughh! As immense and romantic as anything you will hear this year. (cept maybe on Of the Wand & The Moon)

Digging: Prawn - Kingfisher

fireaboveicebelow
December 21st 2011



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There's a new Of The Wand & The Moon this year?

Keyblade
December 21st 2011



14625 Comments


heard a few tracks and dl'd the album, didn't even give it a spin yet. nice review, will check out now

Digging: Kacica - Kacica

MO
December 21st 2011



18441 Comments


heard this had dropped, must listen

Digging: Immolation - Dawn of Possession

seedofnothing
December 21st 2011



3425 Comments


"Butt the violin, ughh! As immense and romantic as anything you will hear this year. (cept maybe on Of the Wand & The Moon)"

Sorry I couldn't help but notice how you spelled "Butt" in that sentence.

Thanntos
December 21st 2011



318 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry I couldn't help but notice how you spelled "Butt" in that sentence.


Was a mistype hah

There's a new Of The Wand & The Moon this year?


Yup, and it's BRILLIANT.

Gyromania
December 21st 2011



15461 Comments


Glad you posted this; now I don't have to write one. I really love this album.

CaptainDooRight
December 29th 2011



28728 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5kWmRilQjE

Digging: Tukaaria - Raw to the Rapine

Killerhit
December 29th 2011



5249 Comments


Saw them live once

Will never forget it

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
December 29th 2011



28387 Comments


anyone else read terri schiavo?

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

CaptainDooRight
December 29th 2011



28728 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

@killer

Was it the best show ever?



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