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FAROUT were an instrumental jazz-rock / fusion band from the small town of Lappeenranta in Southern-Eastern Finland. They were active in the late seventies and the early eighties, and like so many Finnish groups with higher artistic ambitions, they released only one album and slowly withered away in the radically changed musical climate favouring punk. The group was founded in the summer of 1977 with partly mutual background of playing in various bands. An important inspiration came from seeing the British prog band CAMEL in the Koria-Roll festival. The initial line-up was Ari ERKKO (guitar), Ismo HOMANEN (keyboards), Lauri VALJAKKA (drums) and Jarmo NIKKU temporarily on bass before returning to his main instrument guitar, when Jouni LIMINGOJA joined as the bassist in the early 1978. With CAMEL being their primary influence, they also drew funk flavour from the likes of Jean-Luc PONTI, Billy COBHAM and Jan HAMMER. Worth mentioning are also Jeff BECK and Ari ERKKO's admirance of Al DI MEOLA. In the spring of 1978 Farout won the prog division of the national pop contest, and the next spring the classic Farout sound was finished by the Moogs and Hammonds of the new member Martti "Ike" KALLIO. The recording contract was offered by Kompass Records and the album was co-produced by the band and Lasse RÖNKÄ from the record company. Further Out also features the famed saxophonist-flautist Pekka PÖYRY guesting on three tracks. Despite some favourable reviews the album sold only about 500 copies at the time. After several changes in the line-up and steering the musical style gradually towards mainstream, Farout finally came to a halt and the members continued their careers elsewhere in the music business.

In 2012 Rocket Records re-released Further Out on cd, and in 2016 Svart Records reissued it on both vinyl and cd with the new interview-based liner notes. In recent years Farout has been active again and given some gigs.


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Further Out
Farout Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars 20-Year Chronological Run-Through pt. Seventeen: 1979.

FAROUT were a Finnish instrumental fusion group that released only one poorly sold album in the late 70's rapidly changing musical climate. Several years ago I had an honour to write new liner notes for Svart Records' vinyl reissue, with the help of an email interview with guitarist Jarmo Nikku. In the band bio here I tried to include the most essential bits of information in a limited space. Instead of sharing further information on the band and the making of this album, in this review I concentrate on the music itself.

Initially the group was inspired by CAMEL whose gig they saw in 1977, and with further additions in the line-up, they increasingly drew influence from mainly American funk-oriented fusion of the time. The funk flavour dominates the lively opening track 'Nassau Boogie'. As a composition it may lack originality -- and to a certain degree this concerns the album as a whole -- but the musicianship is enjoyable. 'Daybreak' is a serene composition by Ismo Homanen, a beautiful dialogue between his electric piano and Ike Kallio's Micro-Moog, and a much needed step away from the lively overall tone.

'Muppet Dance' starts with a ringing alarm clock. This funky piece features Camel-like, soaring melodies of electric guitar plus soloing in turns from several other members as well. On the passionate title track the guesting jazz maestro Pekka Pöyry plays soprano saxophone to a great effect. 'Walrus Jump' is a bright uptempo piece with fast virtuosity especially on acoustic guitar; JUKKA TOLONEN comes to mind. Pöyry guests on flute.

The album continues in the same manner: funk and Camel influences in variable measures, perhaps more emphasizing the funk towards the end. Excellent playing and some very nice melodies here and there, but on the long run a bit single-minded in the emotional sense. If you're fond of funk-flavoured instrumental fusion with virtuosity, this album will certainly please you. 3½ stars rounded down, because in the end it lacks a wider spectre of moods and emotions.

Thanks to evolver for the artist addition.

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