Label: Blood Music
Taking inspiration from the horrific, mysterious Dyaltov Pass incident, Sorni Nai by Kauan is a lesson in how to take something terrible, and to be inspired to create something beautiful from it. Spacious post-rock soundscapes form a large part of the album, with mournful violins in particular carrying a lot of emotion. The structure of the songs and flow of the music is a lesson in how to tell a narrative without having to use words, with even those who don’t speak Finnish being left in no doubt as to the tragedy unfolding.
Sorni Nai is a deeply affecting album, full of emotional power, and though it is incredibly gorgeous to listen to, it is also full of sorrow. Even so, it is easy to sink in to Sorni Nai for hours at a time – especially during these winter nights – and to lose yourself within the world it creates. The inclusion of harsh vocals at points, as on second track ‘Kit’, helps add texture and geography to the album, and makes the album’s more welcoming characters all the stronger for the contrast. Sorni Nai is not always an easy listen, such is its emotional power, but it is a deeply rewarding one.