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Uzva - Tammikuinen Tammela CD (album) cover




Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.52 | 29 ratings

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Eemu Ranta
4 stars The title is finnish for "Tammela in January" (Tammela is a small borough in southern Finland). Having suffered several inhumanely icy Januaries in Finland, it is incomprehensible to me that UZVA has chosen such an improper title for a record consisting of so pleasantly warm and uplifting tunes. Or perhaps these melodies were designed to shine during the snowy days the sun doesn't. Nevertheless, this debut is capable of first astonishing, and then amazing me with its complicated yet easy-to-like jazz-prog.

"Intro" is introduced by electric bass, with a swarm of acoustic instruments soon revealing Uzva's elaborate timbre. This lovely piece sets a high standard only to be overshadowed by the following 44 minute suite.

Parts I-V are independent compositions, who together take you to a journey through intriguing backwoods which they scrutinize with a child-like curiosity. The carrying effect lies in the eloquent clarinet, the witty acoustic guitar, the omnipresent electric bass, the incalculable drums and the ethereal violin. Electric guitar makes an occasional visit, during which it remains subtle and refined, reminiscent of MIKE OLDFIELD.

My only criticism is surprisingly aimed at the melodies I hold so dear. The themes often progress impatiently to the other, and it is difficult to get a firm grip of the entity. Every new listen is a new journey where you only see as far as the following curve. Every new listen is a solemn enigma you just quite can't understand. A highly recommended album for those winter evenings you rather stay at home.

Eemu Ranta | 4/5 |


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