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3.53 | 5 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2016

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Gone A Little (4:59)
2. Pieces Of he Unknown (5:41)
3. Hold That Thought (5:29)
4. Plasterlove (3:59)
5. Safest Place (2:43)
6. My Kind Of Lullaby (5:31)
7. Skin (3:41)
8. Holy Song (5:01)
9. My Friend Sorrow (8:14)
10. Knight In Armour (3:05)

Line-up / Musicians

- Petra Poutanen / all vocals, guzheng, kantele, sansula
- Teemu Kiiskilä / electric guitar
- Iida Savolainen / viola
- Aku-Pekka Kurjenniemi / drums, percussion
- Tony Sikström / double bass, percussion, midiwind
- Katri Antikainen / cello, electric cello
- Margit Urantowka / piano, keys

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self-produced CD released 1st April 2016

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UTU Pieces Of The Unknown ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
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Review by Matti
3 stars Already five weeks since my last PA review! Well, I've been very busy with my book script on Finnish prog all-time, but anyway I'm continuing my reviewing activity here - especially on new releases whenever I get them.

This one is the second album of UTU, a Finnish art/alt-pop group led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Petra Poutanen, also known as a member in the ethnic group AALTO . With only slight differences in line-up and instrumentation, Pieces of the Unknown continues in the vein of Songs in Flesh-minor (2012). Poutanen is a personal, modern female singer-songwriter comparable to e.g. Bj'rk or Regina Spektor, her smoky voice full of girlish sensitivity. The songs are, again, in a minor key and sort of introvert in spirit, as if the protagonist was a social outcast watching the sad world from a distance. Without a deeper dive into the lyrics I can't say if this image has anything to do with the artist's own intention.

On vague listening the album probably feels quite monotonous, joyless and too artsy for its own good. There may not be very memorable melodies, and the rather dry, ethnically flavoured sound featuring uncommon Instruments such as kantele, electric cello, viola -- and guzheng and sansula of which I have no clue -- rarely gives any easy hooks. But the more one concentrates on this music, the more rewarding it gets.

The dark-toned strings are effective on 'Safest Place', and Teemu kiiskil''s spatial guitar chords are beautifully interwoven with other Instruments on 'Skin' (which is inspired by novelist Monika Fagerholm). The 8-minute 'My Friend Sorrow' is the most progressive and dynamic composition. As a whole this album is emotionally strong and original music for dedicated listening. 3' stars.

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Finnish band UTU have existed in one variation or another since sometime around 2005, and the band itself notes 2007 as something of a formative year of their ensemble. They have released three studio albums to date. "Pieces of the Unknown" dates back to 2016, and is their second album. Since then they have also released one further album, "Russian Poets".

Music has traditionally been considered as one of the art forms rather than as mere entertainment, and Finnish band Utu showcase that it is still possible to create music that by most listeners will be perceived and experienced as art rather than entertainment on this production. A production that may well find favor among fans of bands such as Bent Knee, despite exploring rather different landscapes in a markedly different manner: Bent Knee being the exponents of a modern sound and approach to a type of music where Utu represents the shapes and forms looking back to times rather more ancient.

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