A new spiritual folk act from South Ostrobothnia, Finland have released their debut single ‘Vainolaannen’ and it is hauntingly intense and powerfully shamanic. Gói are a female duo (Rauni Hautamäki and Iida Mäkelä) whose music is unique for Finland in that they are the first to sing in Ostrobothnian dialect and use ancient instruments to create authentic and intensive soundscapes.
A near comparison is a hybrid of Wardruna, Heilung and Rán. ‘Vainolaanen’ is a hypnotically drum-laden linear piece with an overwhelm sense of foreboding, perhaps fear, running from the darkness towards the light. It starts off relatively slow at an andante pace before building up, layer upon layer into a progressive rate. You can sense your heartbeat raise with it as the lulling drones of the darker forces underneath a female presence form uncertainty and confusion in the first part then it develops into a second movement where the female’s breathlessness increases to evoke a feeling of desperation to escape.
At this point the drumming is rapid and the vocal chanting comes in. Then stops to take breath. And then we resume our running through the forest, through the darkness away from the dark force within that pursues us. Steeped in mysticism and folklore and fashioned with beauty to a very high level of quality – if not magical – Gói will no doubt become a very popular name soon in the northern spiritual folk circle. Highly recommended.