Tapani Varis / Jews Harp
Album: Jews Harp   Collection:World
Artist:Tapani Varis   Added:Feb 2008

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2008-03-02 Pull Date: 2008-05-04 Charts: Reggae/World
Week Ending: May 4 Apr 27 Apr 20 Mar 23 Mar 16
Airplays: 1 2 4 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Aug 19, 2011: Music Casserole
4. Apr 25, 2008: The Rent Party
G-Taklax (In A)
2. Aug 14, 2010: Music Casserole
Metapelta D
5. Apr 22, 2008: At the Cafe Bohemian
Omsk - Avoid Kaupunki
3. Apr 29, 2008: At the Cafe Bohemian
6. Apr 18, 2008: No Cover, No Minimum
Gammal Brollopspolska

Album Review
Ragnar of Ravensfjord
Reviewed 2009-01-03
Mr. Varis creates 14 varations on a Finnish jews harp (aka: mouth harp). Very springy sounding as you might imagine. Often fun and sometimes just odd. Features a number of traditional Finnish and Norwegian tunes mixed together with fiddles and even Indonesian bamboo harp. Interesting stuff.

((((1))))) Sounds like a bunch of bed springs hopping madly through Finnish coast.
((((2)))) Vocoder-like vocal tones through the harp. Whoa! Fiddle comes in around 1:30 and provides some nice accompaniment.
(((3))) Well coiled, reverbating and slow gets better when the viola and guitar come in.
((((4)))) “Typical” uppity Finnish polska with plenty of fiddle. The mouth harp certain takes away any “orindary” sound, though.
(((5))) Really vibrative to the point of sounding like a cartoon sound effect.
(((6))) Slow, kinda trippy and sort of melancholy. I say “sort of” since mouth harp has too much of a comedic effect at times.
((((7)))) Airy, bouncy, tribal that sounds like a mix of tones ranging from Aborigine Australia to Tuvan Throat singing.
((8)) Slow and creaky, nothing too special.
((((9)))) Melodic and kinda sing-songy
(((10))) Mid-paced waltz, some interesting tones.
((((11)))) Almost like jews harp led uh, “folk-techno”. Strange but worth your time.
(((12))) Slow prayer song/piece with a decent amount of space between notes.
((((13)))) A good mix of mouth harp and Asian/Eastern tones.
(((14))) Norwegian folk melody with stretched out notes and a bit louder, too.

Track Listing
1. Gammal Brollopspolska   8. Menuetti
2. Polska   9. Palkintopolska
3. Munniharppuuna   10. Valssi
4. Metapelta D   11. Tantsun Paalle
5. Fanitullen   12. Jesus Din Søde Forening
6. G-Taklax (In A)   13. Omsk - Avoid Kaupunki
7. Mannitus   14. Sordølen