Tenhi
Kauan


4.5
superb

Review

by FictionalFlames USER (64 Reviews)
August 15th, 2012 | 28 replies


Release Date: 1999 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An essential collection of ethereal songs within the neo-folk genre.

The best way to describe Kauan is tranquility. The whole album is a masterpiece of melancholic melodies that are composed with acoustic guitars that center on melody and rhythm, complimented by a bass that also centers on rhythm and melody. As well as chanting vocal arrangements, rhythmic drums, pianos, and orchestration. But what makes this album so amazing? It’s the atmosphere and the ideal that centers on the composing of the music that doesn’t overdo anything and everything to the point of redundancy, incompetence, or even blandness within the music. The balance that is presented on Kauan is what truly takes the album to its utmost potential in a peaceful atmospheric way.

From the start of the album, the opening song Nakin Laulu immediately captivates the listener with a melody that vaguely reminds the listener of an Agalloch or even an Opeth bridge. If that’s not enough to make the listener to believe that there’s a reminiscence of Opeth or Agalloch - then the upcoming harmonium and bass melody should be receiving an Opeth vibe of some sort, while the vocals give off an Agalloch feel of tone. What’s amazing is that this album doesn’t center on metal of any sort, but instead takes Ulver’s Kveldssanger to a new level; a new level that expresses a deeper feeling of emotion; an emotion of tranquil solitude. But that tranquility doesn’t always last. Songs like Revontulet has a Romanian Gypsy feel that is mainly controlled by the melody of the violin and the rhythm of the guitar chords, which ultimately makes this song the most upbeat in the entire album. To our own pleasure the gypsy feel is very limited (let’s be honest, Gypsy music can get overwhelming pretty quickly), and the album soon goes back to the ethereal neo-folk that was on the first two songs on the proceeding song after Revontulet. Another interesting aspect of this album is the versatility presented on this album. I’ve already mentioned that there’s a Romanian Gypsy influence, and an influence of style that’s been derived from Ulver’s Kveldssanger – around half way through the album we see a more sinister sound that revolves around the Romanian Gypsy style, which turns out to be quite interesting rather than annoying. But what’s most daring in the album is at the very end. The fact that they’ve taken an approach of string instruments taking the lead on every melody isn’t a surprise, but the album closer itself isn’t expected. A lead taken on by the piano holds the album’s closing with a firm grasp for about eight minutes. By this action, we see a band that is willing to take on many directions with their music, which makes this band (and album) more interesting than its competitors.

Overall, Kauan is an album that should be praised within the neo-folk genre as one of the best. It’s also an album that will be enjoyed by many black metal fans that are accustom to hearing the occasional folk influence in some of their trvest of the trve album, especially Bergtatt. Kauan is a must have.



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FictionalFlames
August 15th 2012


1528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ggdgsdhthrg



tell me if i need to fix something, and/or constructive criticism.

FictionalFlames
August 15th 2012


1528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

if you like this song, then check it out



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3ShRM7mHZY

ZedO
August 15th 2012


1096 Comments


good song...

Crysis
Emeritus
August 15th 2012


17429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gotta get this that song ruled

Aids
August 15th 2012


24460 Comments


@Riff/Baseline



YankeeDudel
August 15th 2012


9342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hell yea

FictionalFlames
August 16th 2012


1528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Crysis, you gotta get this ASAP.

Crysis
Emeritus
August 16th 2012


17429 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Crysis, you gotta get this ASAP.




Already listened and it was pretty great.

Janeeet
September 9th 2012


355 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah Captain, you are wrong.

JamieTwort
September 9th 2012


26988 Comments


Rules.

FictionalFlames
September 9th 2012


1528 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

lol

JamieTwort
September 9th 2012


26988 Comments


Still haven't given Saivo a proper listen yet.

Ignimbrite
September 9th 2012


6573 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I've only heard Maaaet but it ruled hard, so I'll probably check this out.

YankeeDudel
January 7th 2013


9342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dark, chill, and european



the way i like my women





YankeeDudel
January 7th 2013


9342 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

damn^

VinVal
March 24th 2014


1167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Amazing album

VinVal
March 24th 2014


1167 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Edit: double post

Atari
Staff Reviewer
October 23rd 2014


25256 Comments


this is taking some time to sink in, but Lauluni Sinulle is gorgeous


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CaptainDooRight
October 10th 2016


4210 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Really good album. It really helped me with my studies.

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bnelso55
October 10th 2016


1338 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Agreed. This music is perfect for most any "quiet" time. I love this band.



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