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Eetu Pellonpaa
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3 stars Only thing I knew about this band before listening was the keyboard player Florian Fricke, who's Popol Vuh soundtracks for the Werner Herzog records are known to me in some extent. I also detect both early 1970's and German Krautrock scene as promising starting points.

The sound of this record does not try to replicate American Indian folk music excluding few moments, more likely it is based on the American folk/rock sound of the white man. The record begins with a positive, peaceful & spiritual feeling, flowing music which acoustic guitar and piano drives. Strong male/female vocal harmonies bring a human touch to the sound. We get some Mellotrons painting a strong vision over subtle electric guitar solo, and also some amplified rock phases and waving mantra-like sequences. Maybe if Neil Young would have done prog it might have sounded something like this. Also Florian's piano sounds often familiar; Fast chords running in still a peaceful manner, supported by guitar and other musical instruments.

My version did not have the bonus track, so I can't evaluate do they bring much extra value to the record. From the Kraut repertoire this is an accessible choice, maybe not pleasing all space heads, but still quite fine record. It did not create a huge sensation to me though. In addition I got quite immersed to Popol Vuh's records later, and stuck to those more ethereal sonic psalms myself.

Eetu Pellonpaa | 3/5 |


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