Sara Pajunen and Teija Niku live more than 4000 miles apart, but their debut album "In Transit" illustrates that their talents were meant to merge. While their Finnish ancestors resided just hours from one another, Pajunen grew up in northern Minnesota while Niku remained in Haapavesi, Finland. After meeting in San Diego at FinnFest 2011, the two began collaborating and named their newfound group Aallotar after a character from Finland's national epic "Kalevala." While both women share deep roots in Finnish music, the transatlantic team also embraces the ways in which living in different countries has undeniably influenced their musical preferences and playing styles. As a result, "In Transit" is an eclectic blend of both traditional Finnish songs and newfangled original arrangements.Many songs are entirely instrumental, where the folksy flirtation between Pajunen's violin and Niku's accordion can be truly appreciated in the absence of lyrics. Some tracks feature only Finnish vocals, one is sung entirely in English, and a few demonstrate a mixture of both dialects. As such, their musical style has been described as "exquisite, sophisticated, chamber folk music." While we certainly agree with that sincere statement, some sounds spark internal responses that can't be put into words; give "In Transit" a listen and decide for yourself.