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4.17 | 30 ratings | 5 reviews | 23% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Laya (4:22)
2. Death By Hanging (5:57)
3. Cristao ~ Peasants' Revolt (5:47)
4. Hallelujah (7:04)
5. Frozen Shoulder (5:08)
6. Meat Powdered Bones (5:47)
7. It Came From ... (4:27)
8. Somewhere In Time (7:19)
9. D.N.A. (11:18)

Total Time: 57:27

Line-up / Musicians

- Junzo Tateiwa / tabla, percussion & drums
- Kazuo Ogino / piano, keyboards
- Shigekazu Kuwahara / bass
- Akihisa Tsuboy / electric & accoustic violin

Guest musicians:
- Keiku / voice (1)
- Ryuichi Imai / oud (4)

Releases information

TUTI-0008 Tutinoko Label

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POCHAKAITE MALKO Laya ratings distribution

(30 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(23%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(53%)
Good, but non-essential (23%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars "Laya" is one of the most brilliant examples of how well has the RIO trend of prog aged for the new millennium. With one less keyboardist and the addition of violinist extraordinaire Akihisa Tsuboy, Pochakaite Malko was prepared to create and release yet another catalogue of challenging, energetic music. The melodic ideas in this album are as extrvagant as they are captivating, full of exotic elements (Far East, Arabian, Hindu, North African), perfectly blended in a jazz-fusion atmosphere to be matched with the sense of adventure and multicolored creativity inherent to the band's most obvious Occidental infuences: Univers Zero, Present and a bit of early Magma. All in all, despite the tension that feels so patently demanding, this band does not emulate the cerebral darkness of the aforementioned RIO bands, only their density and their orchestral equilibrium. Tsuboy, being the 'new kid on the block', really owns the starring role in the band's overall sound, while the rhythm section guys interact in a display of total versatility all through each and every intrincate number. Last but not least, Ogino knows how to create precise bridges between the violin and the rhythm duo, effectively filling the melodic spaces among the violin leads. 'Laya' and 'Death by Hanging' bear a playful spirit, with the former leaning toward the colorful side of RIO and the latter going for a jazzier road. 'Cristao' finds the musicians organically focused on the elaboration of disturbing dreamy ambiences, with a simplistic bass line whose minimalistic impulse sets the pace for the other instruments to create a sonic polyphonic nightmare. After this emergence of sheer disturbance, comes a very convenient contrast, 'Hallelujah', which is obviously more joyful, mostly due to the special fusionesque vibe used by the band. PM's style doesn't let things get too comfortable here - we must remember, after all, that this is a RIO-inspired band. But the playfulness goes on with 'Frozen Shoulders', one of the most amazing pieces of this amazing album: its mixture of Celtic cadences and traditional Japanese colors is solidly displayed on a 7/8 tempo, with the added percussions being somewhat more featured than the basic drum kit input. Next comes a couple of solemn tracks, 'Meat Powdered Bones' and 'It Came from.', which are when PM get the closest they can to Present's prototype. But even then, of course, we must keep in mind that this band always gets to keep its sound from getting beyond the reasonable tortuous. 'Somewhere in Time' meets the best of PM's both worlds: starting with what seems a tight commitment to jazz-fusion, there are some climatic interludes in which the explosive dangers of RIO arise with fire and steel. A special mention goes to the marriage of organ and bass that erupts somewhere in the middle - quite Magmaesque, indeed. This would have made a perfct closure for the album had the last 11 minutes of the album not been occupied by 'D.N.A.'. This is real music from and for the underworld, made out of Vulcanus' fire to set heat in the listener's brain. The initial 4 1/2 minutes of languid ambiences may seem deceiving at first, but the listener should suspect that there's a subtle air of danger hanging around. Then comes a 2-minute section of sinister orchestrations, controlled yet positivley creepy. At 6:30, teh creepy thing turns a bit more pompous and schematized, even including carnival-like adornments. The return of the creepy section feels particularly strong due to the augmented dose of energy portrayed by the violin and the piano, while Tateiwa and Kuwahara sustain the climax in a very consistent fashion. The final solitary piano chords bid a proper farewell to the listener. "Laya" couldn't find a more proper ending than this, and definitely, Pochakaite Malko should already be regarded as masters of current avant-prog.

[I dedicate this review to my prog friend Jaime Akira]

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars A major lineup change for this their second album as one of the keyboard players has left and the band has replaced him with violinist extroadinaire Akihisa Tsuboy from the great fusion band KBB. This is major because the violin was absent from their debut record, and on this album the violin is the main focus. Huge change really. Yes the music is still dark with heavy bass and drums, but the Zeuhl flavour is not nearly as obvious. I do prefer the debut better but this one comes close. Interesting that Ogino (keys, piano) from GHOST composed most of the songs on the debut, but on this record every band member composes at least one track, with bassist Kuwahara composing 5 of the 9 songs.

"Laya" is the only song to feature some vocals and they come and go briefly each time. After a short percussion / vocal intro, violin and drums take over. Some ripping violin 2 minutes in before piano arrives and a lot of bottom end as bass and drums pound away."Death By Hanging" opens with piano and violin before a bass and drums join in. A slight jazz flavour to this one as violin and piano are prominant throughout,although it would be better described as heavy fusion perhaps.Great tune regardless. Check out the violin 4 1/2 minutes in ! And what's even more incredible is that the violin sounds like a lead guitar 5 minutes in.This guy is fantastic ! "Cristao-Peasant Revolt" opens with a heavy pulsating sound as mellotron and other sounds come and go in this atmospheric intro. Piano comes in and then violin as the heavy pulse comes to an end when the tempo picks up. Intense scorching violin 3 minutes in as the tempo continues to shift. "Hallelujah" opens with an instrument called an Oud. Drums sound outstanding and violin follows. Love the drumming here and heavy bass lines as violin solos overtop. Oud is back after the piano comes in 2 1/2 minutes in. Then back to the incredible drum / violin / bass melody. The violin smokes during the final minute of the song. "Frozen Shoulder" opens with more great drumming as flute and violin come in. This song has a Celtic feel to it surprisingly.

"Meat Powdered Bones" opens with a violin / piano melody. Drums and bass before a minute create a great sound. Check out the drumming before 4 minutes ! This is followed by some chunky bass. Nice. "It Came From..." opens with piano as drums and then violin come in. This has some intricate melodies that are impressive. Very cool song. "Somewhere In Time" is an uptempo, frantic piece at times. The bass player is quite active and then drops some heavy lines when the song slows down 4 minutes in, we're talking Zeuhl-like heavy bass as organ comes in. Wondrous section. Perhaps the best on the album and it reminds me of their debut. "D.N.A." is the final and longest song at over 11 minutes. It opens with dark piano melodies as cymbals and bass can be heard. Violin is added to the mix before a minute, and it become quite mournful before 2 minutes. After 3 1/2 minutes the sound gets a lot louder for a minute before settling back down and then blasting off again to a dark and heavy passage. The violin is scorching. Piano and a calm 6 1/2 minutes in before a sinister sound starts to creep back in. It's back ! Piano takes off and a bombastic sound returns including more sizzling violin. A violin shred-fest ! Check out the drumming 9 minutes in. The song ends in a pastoral fashion with piano. What a ride !

First of all i'm going to seek out some KBB music, and also POCHAKAITE MALKO's latest EP. Easily a 4 star release. I'm so impressed with this band.

Review by snobb
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Second (and the last to time) studio album from Japanese band with strange name ( "pochakaite malko" means "wait for a minute" in ... bulgarian). Absolutely outstanding music - mostly zeuhl, but over-loaded, and led by electric violin attacks! Differently from their debut, violin sound there are in front of all music, and really virtuoso violinist Akihisa Tsuboy is a hero of the day!

Best way to imagine this album's music is just take Magma (on steroids), with dark Orffian atmosphere, bass pulsation, distorted piano sounds and classic influence, and add someone great jazz fusion violinist over it. Just note that Michal Urbaniak or Jean Luc Ponty are both far from Akihisa Tsuboy's ecstatic energy and speed. So, melted mixture from above components, spiced with some avant elements. Plus some ethno influences (Balkan, North African, etc). And heavy sound of high density.

Even if Magma's influence is obvious, band's music is very different. And in many moments is more modern, more interesting and more experimental. And ,possibly, it is a biggest compliment!

Very recommended album for zeuhl fans and some heavy jazz fusion lovers. Zeuhl new breathing.

My rating - 4+.

Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams
4 stars Look at their album sleeve, how do you feel? I've been very amazed (and shocked) at the kinky world.

Honest to say I've not known about Bulgarian music previously (as you may know, "Pochakaite Malko" is a Bulgarian phrase, that means "wait a minute" in English) and tried quick listening. Bulgarian melodies, ways of singing, tuning, voicing up-and-down ... something of affinity for me is here. Do not know the truth they have named themselves for Bulgarian stuffs (in near future they will mention about the origin of their outfit signboard, surely), but feeling close to them as Eastern people should be one of important issues I imagine.

This was my first POCHAKAITE MALKO's album, that could at first fascinate me by Akihisa TSUBOY's violin solos. And furthermore, here is a flood of music fruits ... Junzo TATEIWA's stateless percussion (with tabla), Shigekazu KUWAHARA's deep bass phantasmagoria, and Kazuo OGINO's beautiful, and somewhat cynical keyboard fantasista ... all of them can twine around together, absorb all listeners in front of them, and sublimate themselves without breathing. POCHAKAITE MALKO world cannot exist even if here's not one of four keen creators, methinks.

Terrifically complex and delightful music front line and rhythm nation are around them. Amazingly, these four-piece talented gang can play such an eccentric and complex kaleidoscope as if they could do naturally, without any hard effort. Actually Japanese likes, and tries to get "Technique", but we can be immersed in their unaffected skill and power surely.

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4 stars Rating: A- Without a doubt, Pochakaite Malko's Laya CD is the second best example of violin playing in all of prog music (not counting jazz-fusion, where violin is common). While their debut was almost entirely keyboard driven (often to it's detriment, as it got bogged down in unseemly, tophea ... (read more)

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