Stinako releases a cover of Paavoharju’s “Ikkunat näkevät “ and original song “Toukokuu”

The twofer single arrives on the 21st April 2023 via Soliti

Stinako (Stina Koistinen)  follows her much praised Ghostina album with two new tracks, a cover of Paavoharju’s “Ikkunat näkevät “ and self penned song “Toukokuu”

Listen to Stinako – Ikkunat näkevät / Toukokuu (Soliti 105)

Stina tells us of the tracks
“It was years ago I first heard Ikkunat näkevät. I’ve been haunted by this song ever since. Paavoharju’s original version will always be the best and I only wish we’re doing the song justice. The melodies are completely mesmerising, I just love to sing it.”
“Toukokuu is a tiny song of saying goodbye and moving on – while still loving one another. The singer is asking for permission to leave in mutual understanding. Where the person is leaving while talking of winds of May and verdant trees – we don’t know. A wild summer? Afterlife? It’s up to the listener’s mind to tell.”
“I feel like these two songs are like sisters in terms of harmony and the tones in them. It happened by accident, because I wrote Toukokuu way before I decided to ask Paavoharju for acceptance to do a cover of their masterpiece.”

Initial Reaction

“‘Haunting’ is an overused word in reviews like this but that is exactly what it is. As is often the case I’ve tried to identify a film where it could be the soundtrack. One of the scenes in Don’t Look Now where Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie are chasing around the back alleys of Venice in pursuit of the little girl in the red coat perhaps? Or the final scene in the original Blade Runner where Rutger Hauer gives his farewell soliloquy?…immerse yourself in these two gorgeous songs.” Nordic Music Central

Premiere via Soundi

Stinako Photo by Heli Blåfield.

Ikkunat näkevät:
Music & Lyrics by Lauri Pekka Ainala and Olli Pekka Ainala (Paavoharju)
Arranged by Stina Koistinen, Aili Järvelä, Mila Laine, Tapio Viitasaari
Vocals by Stina Koistinen
Violin by Aili Järvelä
Cello by Mila Laine
Synthesizers by Tapio Viitasaari
Recorded and mixed by Joonas Saikkonen
Produced by Joonas Saikkonen and Stina Koistinen
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova

Music & Lyrics by Stina Koistinen
Arranged by Stina Koistinen
Vocals and Piano by Stina Koistinen
Synthesizer by Joonas Saikkonen
Recorded and mixed by Joonas Saikkonen
Produced by Joonas Saikkonen and Stina Koistinen
Mastered by Philip Shaw Bova

Upcoming shows
21.4.2023  Malmitalo, Helsinki
19.8.2023  Helsingin juhlaviikot / Helsinki Festival

Praise for Stinako’s Ghostina album

“Stinako’s second album, Ghostina (2022) flows into the listener’s consciousness and pierces the being with its spirit as if looking at the dark water of a river flowing under fragile ice.” Totuus

“In a way, Ghostina is a journey through problems towards a better tomorrow, in the minutes and seconds of which painfully personal issues are dealt with. And still nothing is said, so-called directly, that’s not necessary. Themes and unsaid words tell enough, but do not exclude anything.” Mika Roth, Desibeli 4/5

“Small and big. Pop, electro, chamber music, folk, folk music. The texts are almost poetry, the wonder of human life with its pains and joys. Sometimes I wonder if we Finns even realize what a treasure we have in Koistinen” Helsingin Sanomat albums of the year

“The playing of Koistinen, Aili Järvelä, Mila Laine and Tapio Viitasaari and the brilliant production of Joonas Saikkonen make Ghostina multi-threaded and surprising. Electronic twists and string patterns that create chamber music atmospheres intertwine, and the border between synthetic and organic becomes blurred.” Soundi 4/5

“The art-pop outburst that reaches dreamy colors does not leave a trace of Kate Bush’s and Björk’s ambitious takeovers”. Ilkka-Pohjalainen 5/5

Radio Helsingin viikon levy “The skill of songwriting and its presentation is the album’s primary trump card”

“So what’s it worth? I’m not into awarding 10/10, I think I’ve only ever done it once before (Anna Calvi for ‘Hunter’), but I will here and for two reasons. Firstly on the strength of two fabulous tracks, ‘Ave Maria’ and ‘Pelasta mut’, both supremely powerful in their own way and yet so different in their composition that it is hard to reconcile that they came from the same artist.Secondly, because Stinako is one of few solo artists across the entire Nordic spectrum who is consistently working at this creatively cutting edge level.” 10/10 Nordic Music Central

Best Albums of 2022 via Soundi

‘Pelasta mut’ single of the year via Nordic Music Central

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