Wimme / Instinct
Album: Instinct   Collection:World
Artist:Wimme   Added:Apr 2004

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2004-06-07 Pull Date: 2004-08-09 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: Jul 4 Jun 27 Jun 20 Jun 13
Airplays: 1 1 1 2

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 05, 2009: Music Casserole
To Have to
4. Jun 17, 2004: Civil Society
2. Jul 02, 2004: Memory Select
The Ice Hole
5. Jun 12, 2004: The Literate Pop Fans
The Meat Pot
3. Jun 22, 2004: At the Cafe Bohemian
To Have to
6. Jun 11, 2004: No Cover, No Minimum
Morning Coffee

Album Review
Reviewed 2004-06-02
Joik! (Say “yoyk”.) It’s a singing style of some inhabitants of the northernmost reaches of Sweden and Finland. It’s near chanting in this unadorned, rustic format where frequently the only accompaniment is the crackle of a fire. Wimme Saari here channels ancient songs of his Sami people as authentically as possible (minus the electronic ambiences of his other albums). His trained but cracked “old man” voice (he’s only in his mid-40s) is one factor in putting you mentally in his exotic, remote environment. The aforementioned crackling fire and the presence of some wordless voicings make the feel even more atavistic. Finally, though much of the lyrical matter is of snow, birch trees, and ice, which dominate the Sami’s environment, some of the songs exhibit humorous modern statements, such as the one that explains that it’s simple to skip school – you just have to not put your hand up when the bus comes: no hand up, no stopping the bus, no school, and back to the warmth of your Arctic tent! That’s track 11.
Tracks 9 and 10 are simple but direct statements on the value of words (over idle diversions) even though words often fail where singing is meant to convey difficult emotions. This reflects a deep system of belief in the power of the art form he’s practicing. Tracks 27 to 33 are hymns, thus less “Sami” though Wimme’s voice is still evocative of the vast north. Most tracks are well under 3 minutes so give a few a try.

Track Listing
1. Morning Coffee   18. June
2. Noon   19. Orbus-Niku
3. Instinct   20. The Wild Youth of Rostu
4. The Meat Pot   21. Nils-Heaika
5. I Stall   22. The Fox
6. The Butterfly   23. The Grouse
7. Govdda   24. The Reindeer
8. The Cold and Frosty Wind   25. The Dream Stream
9. Speechless   26. Listen
10. I Know It Myself   27. Take Me Under Thy Wings
11. To Have to   28. To Me, My Lord
12. The Ice Hole   29. Come with Me
13. Sakari Kukko   30. The Bright Light
14. The Shore   31. Our Mother
15. White Clouds   32. I Thank Thee
16. The Berry Mound   33. One Day Only
17. Father   34. The Mountain Haldi