Solju – Ulla Pirttijärvi and her daughter Hildá Länsman, combine their heritage of northern Sámi language and traditional chant, known as yoik, with a desire for new and innovative music, providing a dialogue of traditional and modern Sámi culture. They’re proud of their indigenous roots and want to show it to the world!
Sámi culture and identity lie at the heart of the music, reflecting mythology and aspects of the traditional lifestyles of their homeland, taking the listener to the far north of Europe: Sápmi. Their soundscape ranges from the expansive wilderness of the tundra to the most intimate lávvu fireplace.
How do this dainty duo describe themselves in five words? Vivacious, colourful, earthy, ethereal, genuine.
Solju’s debut album Odda Áigodat (New Times) is produced by Samuli Laiho and Teho Majamäki, mixed by Riku Mattila and featured by Czech National Symphony Orchestra – strings, Paavo Lötjönen – cello, Mikko Neuvonen – throat singing and Janne Puurtinen – synth bass, synth.
Year of Release: 2018