”Although highly original and astonishingly innovative, there’s also a quietly classical sense of respect and reverence to Sulkunen’s ambient masterpiece. I can touch and feel the echoes of nature’s elements re-emerging from a long distant past, living and breathing peacefully within the composer’s borderless music.” Mike Gates. Ukvibe. 5/5
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SAID ABOUT 'KOAN' : "Very fascinating album from an artist who dares to take a step outside of the established." Lira Musikmagazine. Se “With its finely-detailed solo composition, »KOAN« is closer to contemporary, complex layered vocal and sound worlds by Holly Herndon and her colleagues than to everything else that is heard in this country from the house of ILK and from the Copenhagen (jazz) scene” Nordische Music, De
Danish based, Finnish singer Johanna Elina Sulkunen, is one of a kind: a songwriter and singer that writes and performs her melancholic, eccentric, and in many ways quite simple songs. Music is almost dramatic, very style conscious, and implemented in avant-gardic way. Ivan Rod, Gafffa.
“Johanna Elina continues to cultivate her style.” – Helsingin Sanomat ★★★★ “Denmark based singer/songwriter with a jazz background is even more fearless and abstract than before” […] “ in the outstanding expression of the voice, that plays along with a small group- keys, guitar and drums – that has played and produced in many layers. ” – Helsinging Sanomat
“I det hele taget er pladens titelsang, ’Our Garden’, og dens dynamiske arrangement lidt af et mesterstykke.“ Politiken
“ Her new found language and manipulated voice are used as a provocative Kōan. Forcing the listener to adopt a fresh, a deep listening-meditative approach, sometimes even dream state of mind to language and voices.” Eyal Hareuveni. Salt Peanuts.
"Hier gilt es Gedanken und musikalische Ideen zu entdecken, die aus einem sehr individuell gestalteten, oft aber auch naturbelassenen Gartenreich stammen. Fantastisch!" Jazzdimensions, DE
” ... Johanna Elina - whose voice one immediately falls in love with - does not think in categories. She just writes magnificient somber tunes. She tells her own stories, accompanied by her international top class band that knows exactly what kind of sound the lady behind the mic needs.” ****Jazzthetik,Germany