J-P PIIRAINEN – Twined (2017) review
An impeccable acoustic guitar album for folk/world music lovers who are fans of greats like Gordon Giltrap, John Renbourn, Paul Brett, Bert Jansch and the general ilk. While the bulk of the recording is Piirainen playing a gorgeous custom made Modern elite jumbo guitar by Anders Liljeström, there is occasional accompaniment by Venla Ilona Blom (beatbox), Maija Kauhanen (kantele and percussion) and Petteri Sariola (acoustic guitar). Subtitled ‘Nordic Guitar Music’, the compositions are written from J-P’s various moments of joy and sorrow in his life. He follows his own path and throughout the disc, are introspective, perky and sombre storytelling tunes. The whole affair is fully captivating with a very intimate feel, as if the musicians are right there live, in your living room.