For those addicted Charon fans out there who cannot wait for a new album should definitely check out Harmaja's second release "Lento". But warning, you might not expect this outcome, which is one of the most beautiful, carefully written and captivating albums sung in Finnish in a long time!
So yes, JP Leppäluoto is singing, but with Harmaja he reaches new highs and spheres far beyond Charon. He can actually show that there is more to him than just being a hottie, he is also playing the guitar and the Rhodes piano. Each of the twelve song from "Liian pimeää" to "Kuuletko" are wonderful proof for how deep, melancholic and sweeping Finnish music can be. Harmaja stick to traditional patterns and move between energetically light-footed and joyful, and sadness-filled, withdrawn, heavy-hearted, telling more to a Finnish mind than every book ever could. Especially songs as "Murheenlaulaja" and "Hauras" drag you deep down into your own being, provoking even unknown feelings if you are ready to open your heart to the captivating melodies and emotional lyrics.
Harmaja managed to create a piece of music that is just like a Folk tale: deep in its meaning, simple in its structure and worth remembering. It evokes images of long Finnish nights in June, summer weddings, having a run across the country or sitting in a dark room totally isolated from the outside world - whatever your imagination allows you.
Finland-interested should definitely swop their Uniklubi, Negative and Kwan albums for "Lento". For native Finns Harmaja should be on the agenda anyway, because sometimes Metal or Doom are just not enough to touch you deeply.