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3 stars Where could Kytäjä have gone with this debut? Let's hope it's not too long until we see where they go next!

This eponymous set from Kytäjä is a work of varied textures, starting out with an almost post rock minimalist feel, before heading off into a myriad of places. There are licks of Canterbury, jazz, funk and folk dotted throughout; times when you can hear a possible King Crimson influence; and then others when psychedelia comes to mind with what seems to be a touch of a Bo Hansson or Vincent Crane influence with the synths and organs. Indeed an eclectic mix!

With 10 tracks and chiming in at a little over 36 minutes Kytäjä is a short album by today's standards. There are only two tracks that step over the five minute mark, leaving the listener feeling there was more improvising and experimentation to be had. "Pato Murtuu, Metsissä Tuulee" is the track that brought this thought to a head for me. It starts off with some energetic acoustic guitar and flute, with the drums kicking in a while later before getting into some low-key synth undertones with a second synth busying itself over the top. The track starts to build in power until, at the 4:46 mark some really sweet fuzzed guitar fires up only to hear that peter out after 20 seconds when the track finishes, leaving a bit of a hollow. To my mind "Pato Murtuu, Metsissä Tuulee" seemed like it was begging to go on a much greater voyage.

Along with "Pato Murtuu, Metsissä Tuulee", the other tracks to catch my attention were "Väärän Koivun Ranta" and "Aava". The former is a psychedelic number that almost had me expecting to hear Arthur Brown singing on a track that very much reminds me of Vincent Crane on the organ circa 1968; "Aava" is the where I thought, "King Crimson!", until it segued into a jazzy little piece with spacey keyboards floating about in the background.

Overall Kytäjä is an entertaining album. For a young duo beginning its musical journey this is a serviceable debut. A solid 3 stars from the Dinosaur!

T.Rox | 3/5 |


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