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Reviews of KALLIO
Experimental, fiery and filled with a passion, Kallio is a real triumph.
Chris Nickson, RootsWorld, 09/2022
"Kallio is a triumph."
A Green Man Review, 09/2022
I"t’s easy to see why the album has just appeared new at #15 on The Roots Music Report's Top 50 World Album Chart in early September 2022."
Joe Ross, Roots Music Report, 09/2022
"Päivi Hirvosen uusi soololevy on haukkamainen ja normeja rikkova syöksy läpi väkevien tunteiden ja laajojen elokuvamaisemien. Se liitää kirkkaan voimakkaana syksyisellä taivaalla ja yllyttää mukaansa."
"Kallio-levystä tulee pakostikin mieleen Apocalyptica, sillä Päivi Hirvosen musiikki on kotonaan elokuvallisen jylhissä ja mahtipontisissa maisemissa. Lisäksi mielessä välähtelee (1990-luvun) CMX, sillä kumpaisessakin on jännällä tavalla samansukuista rokkaavaa energiaa ja mystiikkaa. Tässä on ison hallin verran ääniaaltoja yhden ihmisen toteuttamana. Aivan omanlaisenaan."
Satu Saga, Audiovideo.fi, 09/2022
Reviews of ALKU - THE BEGINNING
"Päivi Hirvonen approaches music with focus and attitude, but then lets it speak for itself. Her music-making is quite intimate but at times incorporates a lot of different layers, expanding herself into an orchestra or a choir."
Finnish Music Quarterly
"The contemporary Finnish folk is very fascinating, but you have to learn to discover them, bit by bit. Just as you also have to go to a three-star restaurant for your very first dinner outdoors: you have to build up your knowledge, your experience slowly and your musical taste buds have to be able to develop little by little. Then you discover, as here, a very refined musical dish that is perfectly capable of proving that good music has no boundaries: this record is contrary to all laws that direct the music landscape today. Päivi Hirvonen will not immediately sell 100,000 copies of this, but those people who purchase the plate will undoubtedly belong to the class of gourmets. Wonderful debut!"
"The fact that "Alku" is instrumented absolutely thin and very unadulterated, you forget in the course of time. Päivi Hirvonen creates so much variety and movement through the lively musical events that one thinks of an ensemble rather than of a solo artist. The focus is on her sometimes archaic sounding and in some moments reminiscent of the Joiken singing. The instruments are used either for voice leading, accompaniment or dialogue.”
Global Music Magazine
"It’s true, the world really is full of magical things, and discovering new music is among the best of them. It’s out there if you look, and sometimes you’ll find a real gem like Alku – The beginning, the first solo album from Finnish fiddler and singer Päivi Hirvonen. It’s beautiful; sometimes gliding, sometimes raw and roaring, mostly her own compositions, with breathtaking, utterly committed performances, assured yet intensely emotional. Music to crack open stone.”
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