Tenhi is a Finnish band formed in 1996, playing neofolk music which is truly the only one of its kind; a very minimalistic music with melancholic, cold and dark atmospheres… Somehow, the rhythm of instrument lines follow the customs of modern rock music. The melodical instruments and vocals are however very heavily folk-influenced. The basic instrumentation of the band consists of acoustic guitar, bass and drums. Frequent additional instruments include piano, violin, viola and flute and less frequent didgeridoo, mouth harp, harmonium, cello, udu and synthesizer.
The lyrics are written in Finnish, and they follow the musical themes perfectly; esoteric moods, withdrawn feelings, fragility and the mystical side of nature… The combination of visual arts and music came fluently as all members are into visual arts. The music and the visualizing fulfill each other to bring out the wanted auras. The word “Tenhi” is an old Finnish word meaning a village elder, wise old man or seer.
In tandem with “Saivo”, November 25 will also see the release of an opulent wooden box including Tenhi’s collected works on vinyl. The 33x33x7 cm sized box is limited to 500 copies only. It is made of heavy birch wood and the top comes ornated with a branded Tenhi logo and “The Collected works”. Apart from all Tenhi releases in their vinyl version (see below) the box also features a 160(!)-page and approx. 21×15 cm sized book including selected full-color and black/white graphics of all Tenhi album artworks as well as all lyrics and liner notes. Also included are posters of all Tenhi cover artworks and a numbered and handsigned authentication certificate.
- Kauan (LP)
- Väre (LP)
- Maaäet (2LP)
- Airut:Aamujen (LP)
- Folk Aesthetic 1996-2006 (3LP)
- Saivo (2LP)
Tenhi is on a league of its own. Their stunning sad and dark-dreamy melodies let you sink into their tunes while ripping your soul gently and leave you breathless when the music stops. By all means - DON'T MISS ANY TITLES you can possibly come across by [ Tenhi ]. As much as the new release is an absolute must their previous works are also stunning as well.
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