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4 stars Hey, KATAYA lives on. ... this is an album featuring live recordings from 2012 where they are on a roll, absolutely. Hailing from Finland this is a trio in the first place when it comes to the studio work, but here - for those two partially documented concerts - the line up is enhanced with several additional musicians. 10 predominantly instrumental songs are offered, taken from their two regular albums, exactly proportioned in 5/5, however starting with the later recorded 'Voyager' section first. Well, overall they are implementing an atmospheric flow which is priceless, really fantastic.

This is hard to describe, contradictive somehow. On one hand I hear accessible and catchy music which alone would bring them close to popular bands. Otherwise it's so playful, rich in mood, variety, bears some complex nature here and there due to some twists and turns and the musicians' skills and interplay, that I finally would deny any doubts about their prog character. The opener Blue Cranes Over Korso for example lives from different fragments like puzzled together by accident, an unusual composition without a doubt. Or on Canto Obscura they temporarily drive weird, seem to lose control in between.with some avant leanings.

Both guitarists are often changing between acoustic and electric, additionally a lot of keyboard finesse is to state. The basic mood is relaxed, but they know how to play a heavier pace too like on Sun Geese. Ambient and spacey moments are often present due to spheric keyboard patterns. Recommended! This is a collection which convinces me much, where I'm occasionally inclined to hear traces of SBB, Pink Floyd, Sky Cries Mary or Camel, just in case to offer some orientation pretty much. Now it's your turn!

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