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4.02 | 4 ratings | 2 reviews | 50% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Osa yksi (4:04)
2. Osa kaksi (4:28)
3. Osa kolme (4:33)
4. Osa neljä (4:04)
5. Osa viisi (5:31)
6. Osa kuusi (9:39)

Total time 32:22

Line-up / Musicians

- Joonas Hietala / organ, sythesizer, piano, guitar, accordion, percussion, clapping, bass on "Osa yksi"
- Vesa Makkonen / bass, voice on "Osa neljä"
- Heikki Korhola / drums, clapping
- Sini Palokangas / soprano saxophone, vibraphone, violin, alto saxophone on "Osa kolme", voice on "Osa kuusi"
- Jussi Hurskainen / alto saxophone
- Nico Kanerva / clarinet
- Heikki Puska / harp
- Janne Vuorensyrjä / turntables

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VITKASTE Lestinjoki ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(50%)
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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars Finnish ensemble VITKASTE has been around in one form or another since 2004, describing their activities as "modern/traditional electronic/acoustic audio/visual composed/improvised trio/collective music" ? a multimedia art collective in short. The most recent output from the music part of this outfit is the CD "Lestinjoki", issued in the spring of 2011.

Positive, instrumental art rock referencing mid 70's Camel and jazz rock from about the same era is what the Finnish band Vitkaste has to offer on their album "Lestinjoki". Good quality music, well performed and adequately produced, and a fine album for those with a fancy for instrumental music going back and forth between symphonic art rock and fusion in stylistic expression.

Review by Matti
5 stars What an amazing piece of music! After hearing two parts of this 6-part suite from YouTube, I knew to expect a highly original and interesting instrumental album, but the whole -- despite being short, roughly 32 minutes -- truly exceeds my expectations.

VITKASTE from Finland had existed for several years before they released their only album. Around the time of release they gave a lot of gigs, but sadly it seems that the band is history now. The core trio is the composer and multi-instrumentalist Joonas Hietala, bassist Vesa Makkonen and drummer Heikki Korhola. The album also features Heikki Puska (of UZVA) on harp, Sini Palokangas (of DASPUTNIK) on saxes, vibes and violin, Jussi Hurskainen on alto sax, Nico Kanerva on clarinet, and Janne Vuorensyrjä on turntables.

Divided in six untitled parts, the whole suite flows as an unbroken entity, occasionally bringing MIKE OLDFIELD's early albums from Tubular Bells to Incantations into my mind. There are the similar folky nuances while the album is jazzier than Oldfield has ever been, and there are also flavours of Psychedelic Space Rock and electronic music. This is music to surrender to completely, letting your mind wander freely along the warm & positively charged soundscape.

I prefer just enjoying rather than analyzing this music, but I want to give you the idea of the sonic richness: Pt.1 is rather slow and dreamy, vibes and violin make charming little roles. Pt. 2 speeds up and slightly resembles the unique Fusion of PEKKA POHJOLA. On the 3rd part my attention is grabbed by the delicious drum work and lovely multi-layered melodic lines for guitars, keys and reeds. Pt. 4 starts silently and hypnotically with harp in the leading role. Makkonen adds some distant wordless voices... a solitary piano, accompanied soon by other instruments... a soprano sax solo...

And so on. I don't kow how well the album is available (and it's a shame that I'm only the second person to even rate this album here), but count yourself lucky if you manage to get a copy and enjoy it half as much as I do. A masterpiece of modern, boundary-free instrumental music!

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