Solju is formed by Ulla Pirttijärvi and her daughter Hildá Länsman, who combine their heritage of northern Sámi language and traditional chant, known as yoik, with a desire for new and innovative music. Solju provides a dialogue of traditional and modern Sámi culture. Solju is proud of their indigenous roots and want to show it to the world.
Sámi culture and identity lie at the heart of the music, reflecting mythology and aspects of the traditional lifestyles of their homeland. The listener is taken to the far north of Europe: Sápmi.
Solju soundscape ranges from the expansive wilderness of the tundra to the most intimate lávvu fireplace. The music can be described as vivacious, colourful, earthy, ethereal, and genuine.
Solju’s debut album Ođđa Áigodat (New Times) is produced by Samuli Laiho and Teho Majamäki, mixed by Riku Mattila and featured by Czech National Symphony Orchestra – strings, Paavo Lötjönen – cello, Mikko Neuvonen – throat singing and Janne Puurtinen – synth bass, synth. The album consists of selfpenned material and was released on 25th of April 2018 by a Finnish record label Bafe’s Factory.
Digital EP – Ođđa Áigodat (New Times) and Heargevuoddji (Reindeer Driver) -songs was released on 6th of February 2018, the Sami National Day. The Sami National Day is celebrated in Finland, Norway, Sweden and Russia, the four countries where the indigenous Saami people live today.
In May 2019 Solju’s debut album was awarded as ‘Best International Indigenous Release’ by Canadian Indigenous Music Awards.
Solju live performances:
Hildá Länsman – vocals, yoik
Ulla Pirttijärvi – vocals, yoik
Teho Majamäki – percussions
Janne Puurtinen – keyboards