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Alamaailman Vasarat



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Anthony H.
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4 stars Alamaailman Vasarat: Huuro Kolkko [2009]

Rating: 8/10

After 2007's wonderful Maahan, Alamaailman Vasarat had shown the progressive/avant-grade musical community (or whatever scene their music appeals to, if any at all) just how excellent of a band they are. That album took everything enjoyable about the band's sound and synthesized into a consistently engaging forty minutes of music. Huuro Kolkko does the exact same thing. AV have never been particularly interested in modifying their sound; they know what style of music they play, and they play it well. Huuro Kolkko shows the band further cultivating the elements of their style: instrumental interplay, catchy instrumental hooks, genre mashing, and tight musicianship. The result is an album that, while not necessarily better than Maahan, is at least on par with it.

'Mielisaurus' opens the album with an infectious cello/brass riff. This is a fantastic track that makes me want to play air-trombone while listening to it. Helminen and Manninen's sweeping cello lines really shine on 'Liskopallo', particularly on the medieval-sounding conclusion. 'Meressa Ei Asuta' features fantastic interplay between the warbling organ and the bombastic reeds/brass. 'Natiivit' is a surprisingly pretty piece from these crazy Finns. This sounds like something that could be played during the credits of a mainstream film. 'Lounto Tuli Lahelle' is a strange combination of funk and klezmer that actually works enormously well. 'Tujuhuju' is a heavy track with strong Middle-Eastern style sax playing. The rhythm section is ferocious here. 'Luola' is a long jazzy piece with absolutely superb sax playing. The unusual 'Omalla Ajalla' sounds like something out of a Western film. The bass-tuned cello and pump organ make this track excellent. The album closes with 'Lautturin Viivat', a smooth-jazz piece that ends things in a pleasant fashion.

Alamaailman Vasarat have created yet another gem with Huuro Kolkko. All of these tracks feature airtight musicianship and irresistible songwriting. Various styles, including funk and country/western, have been added into the insane genre-blender. AV have polished and re-polished their style over their decade-long career, and it has culminated in an album full of unique, catchy, and downright fun compositions that should not be missed by fan of progressive music. I will continue to support and follow this band, and I can't recommend this album highly enough.

Anthony H. | 4/5 |


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