Finnish Song in the Landscape

The Oak Tree, the Dirt, the Well, the Road.

These are the titles of some of contemporary finnish guitarist and singersongwriter Mirel Wagner songs. Singing in english, the stark melodies are evocative, the timbre of the songstresses’ voice equally so. While the texts are relatively simple, and the melodies unembellished and repetitive, the haunting despair that soaks Wagner’s landscape is nearly palpable.

Here are two of her better known songs.

 

The Dirt

 

 

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