Lately I seem to have been listening to, and writing about, a lot of high-energy, aggressive music and I've maybe been neglecting the sort of music that characterised the early 'Griff says' pieces; namely, gentle and melancholic freak-folk. However, fear not, fans of that genre, as tonight's offering takes us very firmly back into that world - and what a strange and exciting world it is!
Violeta Päivänkakkara hails from Finland and makes music of such a delicate yet contrary and spectral stripe that it reminds me of something half-heard in a dream; all whispered female vocals and fragile melodica. Imagine waking from a deep sleep to find yourself naked and alone in the forest with just the last few bars of a song slowly fading into the still silence of the wilderness. Well, that's the sort of music Violeta makes.
Her music can be found, and freely downloaded, on her bandcamp page. She has also recently joined up with La Gramolan Netlabel, who have released Kuu, a 5-track collection of personally selected tracks, which is available as a free download from their site or from the Free Music Archive.
This is music best heard in a suitably magical ambience, such as lying on your back in the middle of a stone circle, but even if you're somewhere a little more mundane have a listen to the tracks below and prepare to be entranced: