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3.65 | 117 ratings | 9 reviews | 16% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Gone (5:52)
2. Fading Out (3:35)
3. Shells (5:57)
4. In That Room (4:55)
5. Andrum (1:25)
6. No More Rollercoaster (4:15)
7. Breathing (5:56)
8. Smärtan (4:30)
9. Surrounded (4:47)
10. Ploing, My Friend (0:56)
11. Precious (4:25)
12. Over & Out (3:31)

Total Time 50:04

Line-up / Musicians

- Peter Nylander / guitars
- Ricard "Huxflux" Nettermalm / drums
- Petronella Nettermalm / vocals
- Ulf "Rockis" Ivarsson / bass

Releases information

CD: Glassville Records 2011, released 2/21/11

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PAATOS Breathing ratings distribution

(117 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(16%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(39%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (8%)
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)

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Review by Finnforest
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Hard to define, easy to embrace

"did you know how precious life would feel when time's your enemy" -from "Precious"

That line hit me hard at work today as I thought about my Dad, gone three months now and still hanging in my mind constantly. Precious indeed are those moments and the smile you won't see again but in photos. Sorry to start with that but it was my experience with this cool album. Paatos is a difficult-to-classify crossover prog band from Stockholm, whose origins date to the late 1990s. "Breathing" is their fourth full length studio album and their most accomplished to date. The band who describes their own sound as "cinematic rock" have a new line-up and sound clearly inspired and refreshed. This is one of those groups for whom a straw poll of twenty people may well yield twenty unique descriptions of just what they are: crossover prog, pop, alternative, post-rock, gothic, electronica, art rock, or various combinations thereof and some I didn't think of! I'm sure they've heard it all and probably laugh over some of them. I guess I'll go with "ethereal art-rock" on the "Breathing" album.

I feel "Breathing" is quite a leap over the "Kallocain" album I also have. The songs have less general drift, they are focused, smart, and not really a lagger in the bunch. The rhythm section is amazing, with new bassist Ulf Ivarsson more than able to handle the very busy style of drummer of Ricard Nettermalm, whom I can best describe as playing like the guy in Oceansize. Atop these guys who sometimes elevate the rhythm to lead you have guitarist Peter Nylander who plays with such command of atmosphere, and reminds me of the late great Robert Buck in his ability to alternate jangly, whispy, sparse chords/notes with more than sufficient power when necessary. Finally the vocals of Petronella Nettermalm have never been lovelier, often drenched in harmonies that are so full and luscious. (For those who've not heard her voice, she can sound like Julianne Regan, Siouxsie, Bjork, or Hope Sandoval at various moments.) Some tracks sport nice embellishments like strings or brass. Some feature that chilly Scandinavian keyboard with slightly dark guitar vibe while the vocal mood runs more hopeful for contrast. The combined result is this sonic hug that lifts you with interesting melodies, mostly upbeat and energetic, accessible songs, and some lyrics that were quite moving.

"Breathing" is stunning work for which Paatos should be very proud. Occasionally sporting haunting and laid-back "icy" feel, but also powerfully engaging, the album's carefully constructed songs harvest some of the best traits of progressive rock and creative art-pop music in one tight package.

Review by Bonnek
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars It's amazing that 5 years have passed already since the previous Paatos album. And despite the passing of years the band still operates in relative obscurity, being stuck with a Prog tag that does them more bad then good IMO. If someone would just promote them as an indie band they might easily reach the larger crowds following bands such as Elbow. Certainly with a strong album such as this 'Breathing' as their ambassador.

Paatos seems to have fully focused on the songwriting this time, and next from the debut, this is the Paatos album that doesn't have any lows or lulls. What I'm probably missing a bit is a real high. I can't immediately spot tracks here with an awesomeness to match older classics such as 'Sensor', 'Hypnotique', 'Tea' or 'Gasoline'. The musicianship is brilliant, exactly as I like it, very accomplished and with brilliant arrangements, intelligent virtuosity and touches of jazzyness, but without any unneeded guitar solos or keyboard runs. Petronella's voice has never sounded better, putting a lot of variation and heart in her performance.

Overall a strong ambassador for modern prog/rock/indie that deserves a larger audience.

Review by Conor Fynes
4 stars 'Breathing' - Paatos (7/10)

The term 'progressive rock' has come to mean a wide variety of different sounds and styles over the course of the past forty years. To some, Swedish band Paatos may sound like an indie act more than anything, but this art rock group should be of some interest to anyone who is looking for a more modern sound in prog. This is a female-fronted band whose music is highly song-based, and melodic. Although this band has been around for a while, they have always treaded on the underground, but hearing this latest album 'Breathing' as my first introduction to them, they appear to be one of those groups that doesn't get nearly as much respect as they deserve. 'Breathing' is a charming collection of songs that are instantly likeable; a great record to put on for any time a progger is looking for something a little less challenging to enjoy.

The songwriting of Paatos on 'Breathing' is very melodic and concise, with no moments where the instruments jump out of the song structure and do their own thing. Everything here is meant to contribute to the song, and back up the lovely vocals of Petronella Nettermalm, whose charismatic and sultry delivery bears a resemblance to the voice of Bjork. These songs are quite beautiful and have an optimism to their sound that I find really refreshing in prog. Beyond the songwriting alone though, these songs are backed up and driven by great instrumental arrangements, although things are kept pretty conservative when it comes to musicianship. The album has a somewhat Floydian approach in the sense that it is quite mellow and dreamy, especially in the flange of the guitars.

The highlight here are the vocals of Nettermalm, whose voice is distinctive enough to distinguish Paatos apart from other acts. The instrumentation is not particularly inventive or dazzling, but it is enough to make these songs sing. I did not expect to hear anything challenging or life-changing with Paatos' 'Breathing', and truth be told; there's nothing here that seeks to shake boundaries and leave a big mark on prog history. What we experience here however are well-crafted songs, and a kind presentation of something that much prog seems to lose in translation; the art of melody.

Review by lazland
3 stars This new 2011 release from Swedish band Paatos is my first taste of the band, but will not be my last, for this is a pleasing album. If, like me, you have a particular taste for rich female vocals, a well produced work, and a clever ear for mood swings, then this album might well be for you.

It starts of with a mighty statement of intent on Gone, a very clever pop/rock track which also creates a wonderful wall of sound. I particularly enjoy Ivarsson's bass work, and there is definitely enough clever musicianship abound in this track to keep most prog fans happy.

Fading Out follows, which is a single length track which brings to mind, for me, Bjork in her Post era in the vocals and music at the start, but then a more traditional prog sound with Banks like keyboards takes over, prior to a reprise of the opening bars at the denouement. This is a nice short track with lots going on.

Shells is a fine piece of music, combining some lovely vocals, pastoral keyboards and orchestration. Perhaps the highlight of the album for me, it is melancholic and almost yearning.

If that, however, was melancholic, things turn quite a shade darker on In That Room, with many passages reminding me of the extremely clever, and haunting, movements on the two Lunatic Soul offerings. Another very clever, and very good piece of music.

Andrum is a short piece with some good woodwind and brass and ethereal chanting, and, especially, more very clever bass work between the orchestrals. This takes us into No more Rollercoaster, which takes the mood elsewhere again, and is, essentially, a post modern rock track. It's good enough, but I, for one, would have far preferred the band to have developed Andrum more as an extended piece of music, simply because it was more interesting.

The title track is the longest on the album, coming in at just short of six minutes, and is a return to form. Again, I hear quite a lot of influences at play here, and I am sure that the band have listened to some of Gabriel's more ethnic influenced stuff in addition to the aforementioned Lunatic Soul. This is another darker track, with Nettermalm's vocals losing any sense of innocence, and combined with understated guitar, a thumping rhythm section, and cello, it creates a rather doom laden pastiche very effectively.

Smartan continues the theme with mournful cello, piano, and effects linking with some more extremely fragile vocals. It is, again, extremely well executed, but you do, at this stage, however, begin to look for a somewhat lighter touch in the mood, and this is brought to us by Surrounded, which is a very good pop/rock song with delicate prog sensibilities and reminds me a bit of some of Magenta's lighter moments. It is, however, very welcome as taking us back to the mood of the opening tracks before the gloom totally took over.

I have no idea what Ploing, My Friend is all about, except to say that it is just short of one minute of percussive noodling and plinking. Perhaps it was Petronella's tea break, I don't know, but, whatever, when things return to normal with Precious, it is welcome. This is a very good commercial track that will have prog purists running for cover, I suppose, but I like it in much the same way as I still enjoy the better indie music that is out there. I especially like the keyboard work on this track.

The album closes with Over & Out, which is rather like its predecessor in terms of impact and influence, excepting it's not as good.

This is a good album, and I would recommend it to those who enjoy intelligent, modern rock music, without necessarily having to have prog in every note or passage. I especially like Nettermalm's vocals - she is a real talent, and, overall, the band are a very tight and effective unit.

Three stars for this. A very good album that is not remotely essential in terms of a prog collection.

Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Ethereal vocals. That's the main catch of this album called "Breathing". But beware, unlike a drowner, catching his breath frantically, this album is rather calm, deep swallowing of air around you.

Almost psychedelic (hypnotical is the word) experience, some of you will be caught in a weird trance-like state, gasping for more. But more of what you may ask - well, as many acts here in Crossover Prog genre, Paatos too is slowly rolling forth and back from Prog to Pop Rock territory, catching some Prog elements along the way, but in overall, this is certainly easy listening album, but the point is its variety, even in a very subtle way. You will get sometimes almost symphonic experience, while sometimes it is aforementioned PopRock style. But beware, it is never a cheap sound.

4(-), great harmonies and calmness.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars I've seen PAATOS described as Art Rock meets Post-Rock to Cinematic Rock but whatever name tags you want to throw at these guys know for certain that this is Swedish melancholia at it's best. The clear and pure voice of Petronella is the focus as usual and she just continues to impress me. The one thing I kept thinking while listening to this album was how well these songs would go over in a live setting.

"Gone" stands out for me because it reminds me of THE GATHERING when Anneke sang for them. Just a killer intro with bass as the sound explodes with vocals. It settles back but the contrasts do continue. Killer drumming late in this powerful opener. "Fading Out" is also powerful in it's own way and I like the guitar expressions. "Shells" features strummed guitar before it kicks in with vocals. Lots of depth and atmosphere as usual. Check out the vocal melodies 3 1/2 minutes in. "In That Room" has a dark atmosphere to start. Vocals and a beat before 1 1/2 minutes and chunky bass 3 1/2 minutes in. "Andrum" has lots of atmosphere, piano and more.

"No More Rollercoaster" has a nice drum intro then vocals before a minute. Some huge bass lines as well. The guitar after 3 1/2 minutes is inventive. "Breathing" has an experimental intro then it kicks in after a minute. Vocals follow. Powerful sound before 4 minutes then the vocals return. "Smartan" opens with atmosphere and sparse piano as dreamy vocals join in. Drums follow in this powerful track. "Surrounded" and the next two songs are my least favourites. This song is still good though especially late. "Ploing, My Friend" is a very short piece that sounds like toy piano or something. "Precious" is laid back with vocals. It's okay. "Over And Out" ends the album in style. The bass and drums are killer. A much better song than the previous three.

An solid 4 stars from me.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "Breathing" is the fourth full-length studio album by Swedish progressive rock act Paatos. The album was released through Glassville Records in February 2011. It´s the successor to "Silence of Another Kind" from 2006, although the two studio albums are bridged by the 2007 "Sensors" live album. The latter was recorded while touring in support of Porcupine Tree and after the tour, Paatos went on a longer hiatus during which bassist Stefan Dimle and keyboard player Johan Wallén left the band. Upon reuniting Paatos replaced Dimle with Ulf "Rockis" Ivarsson. Wallén wasn´t replaced and therefore all keyboards/piano were recorded by guitarist Peter Nylander (who also plays some trombone and bansuri on the album).

Stylistically the material on "Breathing" continue the melancholic female led progressive rock of the last couple of releases. The focus is mainly on Petronella Nettermalm beautiful voice and strong emotional delivery, but there are some great instrumental performances here too. I will mention the drumming by Ricard "Huxflux" Nettermalm as pretty exceptional, but the many grand keyboards/synths and the organic sounding guitars and bass are also great assets to the band´s music. The instrumentalists manage to keep the songs interesting although most are in a relatively regular vers/chorus format.

"Breathing" features a powerful, organic, and detailed sound production, which suits the material perfectly, and upon conclusion it´s through and through a high quality release. Paatos have a relatively unique sound and they should be praised for that. Hitting the balance between progressive rock sensibilities and alternative/indie/post-rock ideas isn´t easy, and they master that to perfection. The cold Scandinavian mood of the music is maybe slightly one-dimensional for the duration of a 50 minutes long album, but on the other hand that´s also the attraction of Paatos. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

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4 stars A FANTASTIC BUNCH OF GREAT PROG RELATED SONGS After I had listening to this album dozens of times, I must admit that Its music really touches my inner self so deep. Up to the Sublime opener "Gone" to the closing song "Over and Out" I coudn't find any single weak track on it. On this 4th stu ... (read more)

Report this review (#549813) | Posted by Moneypulated | Thursday, October 13, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars This is my first Paatos album, and I am impressed by the good song writing, good instrumentation and musicality. With good instrumentation I do not mean unusual instruments, but the way how the well played instruments (guitars, bass, drums, keyboards) contribute to the harmonies and melody lines. Wo ... (read more)

Report this review (#505360) | Posted by Formentera Lady | Thursday, August 18, 2011 | Review Permanlink

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