Värttinä

Oi Dai

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Once a 15-member chorus with pipes and girth to rival the Bulgarian women's choirs, this formerly traditionalist Finnish chorale slimmed to a four-woman brat-pack to deliver a bracing disc of speed-folk. Reportedly, one in every hundred people in Finland bought a copy when it was released in 1990. The nightmarish joy of bright, unison singing, and merry-go-round tempos pays off in surprising Finno-Ugric lyrics. Who would guess that the cheerful chipmunks of "Marilaulu" darkly fantasize, "The old hags nag with their jaws clanking. I should cut out their tongues and fill up their mouths with hot tin"?

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