Cats of Transnistria

Cats of Transnistria is a Helsinki based duo of Tuomas Alatalo and Henna Emilia Hietamäki. They create slow and hypnotic music, filled with both experimental noise and lots of sensitivity and softness.

We are really close friends and used to play together in a rock group for many years. Cats of Transnistria was born when we started to compose songs together in a bedroom. We had no clear plans or references, but suddenly the direction was very clear. We had accidentally managed to do something that felt really good at heart. Our songs tend to be quite dark, but they really make us smile.”

Some words on Cats Of Transnistria

“…we can also tell you that its staggeringly good – but none of that gets anywhere close to illustrating just what a prodigious experience Tuomas Alatalo and Henna Emilia Hietamäki have crafted.” Gold Flake Paint

“Finland’s Cats Of Transnistria are not a duo who are in any kind of a rush, musically speaking. Formed out of a loose arrangement of starting to make music in a bedroom without any real agenda or ambition beyond “hey, let’s see what happens!”, this languid approach is reflected in the slowly building nature of their music, too.” Ja Ja Ja

“…lightly picked guitar notes, touched every so carefully so as to allow the strings to ring on for a bit as new notes are picked; it creates a quieted wall of sound that allows for the airy vocal entrance Henna.  Her voice spectacularly floats in, floats out, fades away and is occasionally obscured by these brief bursts of discordant guitar.” Austin Town Hall

Cats of Transnistria is an exciting blend of dream pop vocals and fuzzy, psyched guitar and keys by the duo of Henna Emilia Hietamäki and Tuomas Alatalo.” Glue/Rosvot

“I discover the Helsinki based duo Cats of Transnistria, it’s not to the beach now though, more likely an introspective hour sitting lonesome surrounded by a dense darkening forest or some personal space in the seclusion of your own room” Just Music I Like

“Comprised of Tuomas Alatalo and Henna Emilia Hietamäki, the Helsinki-based duo’s sound conjure an evocative and serene nocturnal imagery of the scarce daylight season, with windy tremors seeping into the chasms, lulling the listener into a dreamland. ” Prefix

“Finnish duo Henna Hietamäki and Tuomas Alatalo make up the shadowy hypnosis that is Cats of Transnistria. With a sound that is ghostly but enticing” The Monitors

“San Francisco is dark and claustrophobic in intent and delivery living up to their doom/dream pop, whilst Henna’s vocals almost float over and through the changes in tempo from black noise to subtle understated electronica.” Even The Stars

Cats of Transnistria photos by Sofia Okkonen, Silja-Riikka Seppälä & Eetu Maaranen.