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Magyar Posse

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3.68 | 29 ratings | 3 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2002

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sleepwalker (4:07)
2. Witchcraft (4:55)
3. Singlesparks Are Spectral Fires (4:16)
4. Pacific Ocean / Death In The Desert (10:42)
5. Untitled (5:44)
6. Enemy Within (3:11)
7. The Endless Cycle Of Violence (6:44)
8. Lufthan (6:49)

Total time 46:28

Line-up / Musicians

- Harri Sippola / guitars
- Jari Lähteinen / keyboards
- Pasi Salmi / keyboards
- Olli Joukio / drums

- Laura Sorvala / voice (3)
- Sami Sänpäkkilä / musical saw (2)

Releases information

Artwork: Herra Ylppö

CD Verdura ‎- verdu-8 (2002, Finland)
CD Oscill ‎- OSC-000 (2005, France)

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(29 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
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Review by Warthur
4 stars Magyar Posse's debut album reveals a post-rock collective clearly inspired by the likes of Mogwai - particularly Mogwai's busier material, as showcased effectively on the Rock Action album - but at the same time achieve their own individual take on post-rock by taking on the motorik rhythms of krautrock masters such as Neu! or Kraftwerk. Thus, the band are a product of the cross-fertilisation of post-rock and prog rock which really got underway in the early 2000s, and We Will Carry You Over the Mountains is a fascinating product of that cross-fertilisation experiment which is a very accessible introduction to the band's music - and post-rock in general, if you happen to be a Neu! fan.
Review by Neu!mann
3 stars The first album by Finland's Magyar Posse (named after a cheap local wine, or so I'm told) announced the arrival of a promising new band: yet another gem from northern latitudes. Their style was always a little too unique for the Post Rock pigeonhole, resembling instead a series of atmospheric, ersatz film score instrumentals, but with a melancholy Krautrock vibe.

The group was still a quartet at the time, and hadn't yet patented the edgy, angular rhythms that would later define their 2006 studio swan song "Random Avenger", arguably the peak effort of a sadly abbreviated career. Missing too was the evocative violin of Sandra Mahlamäki, not yet drafted into the posse, although the musical saw wielded by producer Sami Sänpäkkilä added an appropriate spell to the song "Witchcraft".

The sound of the album is simplicity itself, but with a gray sub-arctic moodiness, like a children's fairy tale gone awry. The bittersweet chords and haunting, hypnotic melodies (with colorful titles like "Singlesparks are Spectral Fires") are equally introspective and aggressive, if sometimes a little too homogenous. Brian Eno may believe that "repetition is a form of change" (quoting from his deck of Oblique Strategies), but the lockstep unison of a song like "The Endless Cycle of Violence" needed a better payoff after six long minutes of escalating monochrome tension.

The intermittent motorik beat recalls the momentum of classic NEU! (more accurately, the secondhand facsimile of bands like Stereolab), almost verbatim in the album closer "Lufthan". Magyar Posse may have been driving a similar highway, but the detours they took were more intuitive, and no less inviting despite the occasional cul-de-sac. Like the road films of kindred Finn Aki Kaurismäki, it's more about the journey than the ultimate destination.

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4 stars This band from Finland makes a very interesting music; their sound is really unique. I personally found better their second album, but this album it's an excellent debut for this new post rock band. The band develops a new sound for the post rock scene; their Influences could we the Morricon ... (read more)

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