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Stäni Steinbock / Press

“Ahvenanmaalla asustava Steinbock on yhdistänyt levyllään monta asiaa, jotka toimivat ainutlaatuisella tavalla yhteen – pärjäämisen ”vain” viidellä kielellä, arkaaisen estetiikan, leikkisyyden ja yllättävät soitinyhdistelmät. Minun on mahdotonta nimetä yhtä suosikkikappaletta, sillä tälläkin levyllä kokonaisuus vaihtelee sopivasti ja toimii hienosti.”

“Med sin originella och lekfulla folkmusik har multi-instrumentalisten Steinbock profilerat sig som en excentrisk alternativmusiker. Steinbocks femsträngade kantele klingar ren och klar och de ultramelodiösa instrumentallåtarna svävar som dun i lätt luftdrag. Rymdkalkonernas Återkomst, Insektäventyr, Binnikemaskens Klagan, Vilsen O-Vals, Katt På Hal Is eller Väinön Pölyfööni – skivans enda sånglåt – signalerar redan för titlarnas del att det inte är fråga om tungsint musik. Här gäller uppriktig spelmansglädje, folklig jargong och sparsamt inflikade finesser.”

"Even if you have heard Stäni Steinbock's music via the band KRA or some other constellation you will once more be surprised by the variety of sound and the songs recorded with a humorous seriousness on the new CD "The Runaway Kantele". Stäni, who nowadays lives on Åland has for some time played the kantele, and on the CD he presents songs where the melodic material is limited to just five notes. For variation he uses six differently tuned kanteles. The results could have been monotonous (sorry pentatonous!) in the long run, but fortunately it's a playful and professional team of musicians on every song. Cello, violin and guitar abound, likewise the early music instrument krummhorn. The latter is played by Jonte Knif (known from the early music group Oliphant) and contributes to many a splendid sound, for instance in "Insect Adventures" or "Karjaa Seuraava" (where the sound effects are as many as they are mischievous)" (Ingmar af Hällström, Åbo Underrättelser, Turku, Finland

"The melodies aren't very complicated. Earthy, affable and everyday moods run like a red thread through this album. In spite of the simplicity of the music there are both dense and elaborate arrangements. And there's a wealth of instruments too: Strings, plucked instruments, woodwinds and percussion. A full-bodied cello creates both character and sensuality on many a track. The material is varied, as in the blues "Pluus" which also contains long-drawn snores. The music takes off in different genres, but not conflictfully, but in a modest interaction. You can hear Western Country (!) Pop, The Beatles, mediaeval, Eastern sounds and of course Scandinavian folk tones. "The Tapeworm's lament" feels like a medieval pastiche of John Dowland (with tabla? - Comp. Note) Anyway it is one of my favorites. The tranquil waltz "A Battery-powered Sea-villain" also swings pleasantly propelled by Stänis villain-organ and Jonte Knif's clarinet. ... the music is very beautiful ...