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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 4Jun 27Jun 20Jun 13

 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