Opener "Puun Loitsu" ("Prayer to the Tree Goddess") is a 19th century rune song offered as a near tribal chant.
Langeland's voice and kantele are accompanied only by the bassline until two-thirds of the way through, when Trio Medieval adds a stunning modern polyphony.
A concoction of jazz, progressive rock, techno and everything in between fill the soundscapes of Ninja Tune artists Jaga Jazzist.
The South Fyn Archipelago is an old Ice Age landscape and is very varied.
For example, Ristinge on Langeland, Drejø, Avernakø and Birkholm are all drumlins.
In other places, like on Lyø, you will find deep tunnel valleys which are the result of melt water rivers that ran under the ice.
Langeland also enlisted the vocal ensemble Trio Medieval, setting this date apart from virtually everything else she's done while retaining her musical character.
The source material digs deep into the sense of place that the world tree represents, a pillar that connects not only earth to sky -- literally and poetically -- but the spiritual in pagan and Christian traditions.
Project On “The Land That Is Not”, Norwegian singer and kantele player Sinikka Langeland builds upon the blueprint established with “Starflowers” with her quintet.The great glacier from the Baltic Sea moved from south-east to north-west, forming two glacial tongues which created the Great Belt and the Small Belt respectively and whereby the Fyn Archipelago was formed with a lot of drumlins.Drumlins are characteristically long and rounded hills that indicate the direction of the moving ice.These songs continue her long study of Finnskogen (music from the "forest of the Finns") lore based on fragments and traces she discovered in texts, stories, and songs about the axis mundi or "world tree." For this date she reassembled her full Starflowers quintet (named for her 2006 ECM debut) of trumpeter Arve Henriksen, saxophonist Trygve Seim, bassist Anders Jormin, and percussionist Markku Ounaskari.
The group also played on her 2010 offering This Land That Is Not and has backed her in concert settings for a decade.“The Land That is Not” (“Landet som icke är”) was amongst her last poems, and has been compared to Chuang-Tzu’s “Homeland of Nothing Whatsoever”, a work of spiritual detachment, claiming its distance from the chaos of human society.