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4.03 | 5 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lasitunturi (3:35)
2. Jääpuikko (5:29)
3. Turkoosi planeetta (8:28)
4. Sumuinen uni (4:27)
5. Korpi (10:34)
6. Ruska (6:36)
7. Tundra (6:22)

Total Time 44:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Esa Kotilainen / performer, composer, arranger, production & mixing

Releases information

Artwork: Jani Ramo with Leena & Esa Kotilainen (photo)

CD Presence Records ‎- PRECD 018 (2009, Finland)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
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Review by Matti
4 stars I have found it quite hard to enjoy some of ESA KOTILAINEN's recent albums, but this is a happy exception. By the way, this Finnish keyboardist legend - who has played in Wigwam since Nuclear Nightclub (1975) and on the albums and gigs of dozens of other artists, in addition to his own distinctive one-man band discography starting from the seminal Ajatuslapsi (1977) - is again actual as his new album is arriving to shops. Turquoise Planet is the most enjoyable Progressive Electronic album I've heard for a long time. Inspired by the untouched nature of our blue-green planet, or more precisely, the arctic nature, it contains plenty of melodicism and - what's the most important - emotion to keep the listener charmed, and the multilayered sounds from his massive keyboard arsenal are pure joy to friends of VANGELIS, TANGERINE DREAM, J-M. JARRE, STEVE ROACH etc. In the liner notes Mr. Robert Moog is given special thanks "for inventing such a fabulous instrument".

The album includes seven tracks between 3½ and 11 minutes in length, all of them interesting. 'Jääpuikko' (= Icicle) is majestically slow, and in its brightness it paints icy images. Slightly reminiscent of "Antarctica" soundtrack by Vangelis. The 8½-minute title track sounds pretty orchestral. 'Sumuinen uni' (= Foggy dream) is also a slowish track. The melancholic accordeon sound arriving in the halfway is a nice addition into the otherwise quite Berlin school oriented sound. 'Korpi' (= Backwoods) begins with dryly experimental screechy sounds but for the latter half it returns to the more normal synth music expression.

To summarize, there's usually the steady, pulsative low level and the upper level with wailing notes and ghostly Moog decorations. This album is less pop-flavoured - and averagely notably slower - than the usual JARRE stuff but much more compact than the likes of KLAUS SCHULZE. He's not as romantic and soft as the latter-day VANGELIS, which may be a good thing to many listeners. He doesn't actually sound like any particular artist, but on the other hand this music wouldn't strike you as something very unexpected in the high quality nature documents on TV. I noticed that it makes a greater impression when listened with headphones after you've put yourself into bed for night-sleep, than with less concentrated listening in daytime. If you give it your full attention, it may lead you to fascinating inner movies.

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4 stars Kotilainen is a veteran of the Finnish Prog music scene, whose contribution to many of credible artist's works span about four decades. A solo artist, he is much less adored and perhaps there is a reason for that. Embracing rather minimalist approaches as a one-man band, he is prone to be hel ... (read more)

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