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4 stars This "almost self-titled" album has been released in 2014 as Koutus' debut creation. Very curious how the rock sound combination with an accordion goes, and we have never got betrayed at all. Overall in this album Harri's accordion play has a role of exclamation ... sometimes gentle like a breath of air, sometimes tough like a metal, sometimes weird like a Pierrot, and always magnificent like a planet. Interesting his powerful accordion play makes the audience feel hugely "rock"-ish via their chamber soundscape. The first shot "Introduction" consists of their complete essence ... here are Harri rushing out, Veikki's electric guitar making another distorted dimension, and Tatu cooling the two fighters down with his sincere, precise footsteps.

All tracks are not so long but various colours we can touch and enjoy. "Reindeer Derby" has strong percussion irregularity and avantgarde melodious hotchpotch (one of my faves really). In "February Oblivion" or "Waltz From The Past" quiet, bluesy atmosphere is thrown out through the three instrumental actors. Via "Joik" we can hear psychedelic fantasia tinged with Krautrock eccentricity. "Fragile", like a plate of thin glass or a clean cool mirror, injects their kaleidoscopic vibes with post rock hints. And in their titled track their eclecticism flooded with heaviness leaning toward King Crimson gets exploded. Plenty of rock / pop / anti-pop elements are into this creation. Also an excessive mysterious sleeve is impressive. Keep rockin'!

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