Uho - Single (2017)
Review By Catherine Lewis
August 2, 2017
The Finnish "vocal folk hop" group Tuuletar strikes again with its new single Uho. This is a group whose dissonant harmonies and original compositions impressed me on its debut album Tules Maas Vedes Taivaal. The group's new single Uho isn't quite as easily-accessible as that previously released work, but it grows on you after several listens.
The vocal lead here is harsh and spitting, and the angst is reflected in the song's title (which translates to "Fight") and some of its darker lyrics ("a gun is lighter than a broken heart"). The song starts and ends with a beautiful, sweet melody, and Tuuletar tosses in different vocal elements throughout the song, not being scared of quieter whispers or breathy breakdowns. My only major struggle with Uho is that unlike the songs on the group's first album, it's hard to tell what's going on without reading the lyric translation alongside the melody. However, once a listener has the gist of the story, Uho's sound totally falls into place and adds to Tuuletar's impressive, growing legacy.