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'Manogurgeil' is an outfit of five young musicians from Helsinki, Finland. The band's distinctive sound stems from the members' Jazz, Progressive, Rock, Pop and Funk influences.
The first seeds of the band were sown in early 2002 when Ville Koivula (bass), Hannu Kuosmanen (keyboards) and Erno Palonheimo (keyboards) were jamming in the living room of their commune. Hannu had played bass before, but soon got into Erno's keyboard collection while Ville took over the bass. Some months later, the commune moved away from the metropolitan area to a house with a garage that allowed drummer Janne Löppönen to join the band. At this stage, the band was a trio formed by Ville, Hannu and Janne. Occasionally, friends who were known to play an instrument were invited to join, including the future guitarist Juho Sammalkorpi. In January 2003 Ville and Erno bumped into Ville Paukkonen, whom they had occasionally met in local gigs a few times before. It turned out that Ville P. was also a keyboard player with similar tastes and influences as the others, so he came along to the garage jams and soon joined the band as the second keyboardist. However, Janne was beginning to lose interest and the rehearsals were becoming quite sporadic towards the summer. He then participated in recording a rough demo that would also be used for recruiting a new drummer. As a temporary stand-in, Esko Niiranen joined the band for a couple of weeks in September and played the drums in 'Manogurgeil's' first public gig at the Factory club in Helsinki. During several following gigs, the drum kit was manned by professional drummer J. Salonen. However, he ultimately chose to focus on his career with Pop star Irina's backing band. The drummer problem was solved in May 2004 when, after an extensive search, Perttu Lindberg manned the kit. Guitarist Juho Sammalkorpi joined late in that year, finally completing the lineup.In 2007 ' Manogurgeil' released their debut album. "Unirytmejä" (Circadian Rhythms).

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 Unirytmejä by MANOGURGEIL album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.05 | 18 ratings

Manogurgeil Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Thierry

4 stars Finding a new prog outfit, a young sextet more precisely, from Finland is now frequent. When it's a Canterbury-like one, it's more rare and when it's a talented one, it's exceptional. But it's the case here. Thanks to a friend (thank you Tomas!), i discovered this fabulous combo from Helsinki. Fabulous for they are a brilliant cousin to Caravan without vocals, more precisely to Hatfield and the North. Same adventurous music, same organ sounds. Track 2 especially is meaningful of the richness of this album. So forget your negative impression (a band from where?), or positive (a band from Finland!), forget the awful cover and enjoy this masterpiece. Yes, order it now, you won't be disappointed!
 Unirytmejä by MANOGURGEIL album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.05 | 18 ratings

Manogurgeil Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

5 stars Manogurgeil is a crazy mainly instrumental Finnish quintet that plays some wild JR/F with a Canterbury twist. So far this combo (formed in 02) has released in early 2007 a sole album called "Unirytmejä" (Circadian Rhythms) on their own mini-label. The quintet sports a double keyboard and guitarist attack over a fiery rhythm section.

Opening on a sung track Alue, the group presents a funky facet playing behind an inhabitual voice that could be a mix of Bjork and Luka Bloom. The lengthy Sydamesi that follows is much more representative of the general feel of the album, a fast driving jazz-rock with plenty of twist that sound like they came from the Kent County, somewhere in a Caravan placed on a Field of Hats that's ploughed by a Soft-natured Machine?. As the fuzzed-out organ tells us, but the Hopperian bass and a wild Fender Rhodes only add to that feeling. Excellent stuff and a 12- mins trip to the stratosphere. The collegially-penned Moursut is much in the same mould and while the following Vesikavelijat is a slow starter, it soon develops Kentish roots (listen to that Caravan-ian bass), but never reaches cosmic speeds, but consolidates the album's excellent stature and ends in a nuclear blast. After a short Poliisien that rose lke a phenix from its ashes, the album plunges in its second centrepiece, the immense 9-mins+ Hairitaeva track, which plunges into a solar-hot fusion and melt your speaker cones with hot lava spewing onto your carpet. This track is somewhat a bit closer to early Weather Report (the Vitous era) meeting Soft Machine's sixth album. The following Peikkotanssi is a broken down slightly dissonant piece that sounds improvised and it feels a bit like you're crossing a red star's heart aboard some interstellar ship and the rebuilding process sounding a bit like a Caravan trick. The closing Pikkalinnun is also dissonant and feels improvised

This group's incredible (and sole so far) debut album is one of the strongest of that year and can easily sit in my top 20 from the 00's. I suppose I must be glad that I only discovered this album some 10 months ago and already I can't wait for the next one, so I'm glad I didn't have to wait three years now for the second act.

 Unirytmejä by MANOGURGEIL album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.05 | 18 ratings

Manogurgeil Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Pekka

3 stars This debut album by hungry young Finns includes a few compositions by different bandmembers, and a couple of tracks credited for the whole group, that sound very much like being based around some improvisation sessions. Most of the tracks are completely instrumental, only the first one has some lyrics and a couple of the later tracks feature some wordless singing.

Highlights of the album include the second track Sydämen suljettu yrttitarha, which is a long, sort of mirage-era-camelish instrumental jam travelling through many moods and landscapes. Very good performance by the keyboardist Hannu Kuosmanen, whose composition the song is. Another standout track and my personal favorite is Poliisien kesäkoti, an upbeat, almost funny soundtrack to an inner sleeve childlike drawing of a summer home to policemen (the song title in English). Again some strong camelish melodies, it just comes to an end too soon, being only three and a half minutes long.

With a few more songs of that standard the album could be a great one, but rest of the tracks seem to lack some character these two have. Vesikävelijät valtaavat altaat and Häiritsevä kaktus are fine compositions, the latter especially having some very good moments, but both drag on a bit too long, while the opening track Alue, containing some English lyrics despite its Finnish title, feels a bit out of place with it's quirky grooves and to my ears somehow unpleasant vocal delivery. The free form tracks resemble some of the Absoluuttinen Nollapiste's improvisation stuff found on their single b-sides.

A good and promising start from this young band, but I believe they're up to bigger things in the future. After seeing a couple of great gigs I'm pretty sure they are.

 Unirytmejä by MANOGURGEIL album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.05 | 18 ratings

Manogurgeil Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Manogurgeil are from Finland and this, Unirytmejä is their first album and what a pleasant surprise it turned out to be. The music is largely a combination of Jazz and Progressive Rock reminding me of a jazzy version of Camel occasionally and is primarily instrumental. The music has a heavy keyboard bias due to the band having 2 keyboard players, electric piano in particular having a strong prescence though still leaving space for the guitar.

Opening track Alue is a bit of an anomaly being somewhat different in style to the rest of the album. It's also the only track to feature vocals by guest Noora Tommila who has an excellent voice. It's a catchy song with a more commercial style than the rest of the album though the underlying vibe of the song still has a jazzy feel.

Sydämesi Suljettu Yrttitarha starting with a jazz feel develops into something more along the lines of Caravan and at almost 12 minutes there's plenty of opportunity to develop these musical stylings whilst not losing sight of a strong melody.

Noursut starts with an ambient synth which fades to the background giving way to jazzy electric piano, guitar and subtle ride cymbal dominated drumming before building into something more powerful with a harsh synth sound coming well to the fore but it's all over in a few minutes. I enjoyed the vibe of this track and it's a shame they didn't develop it further into something longer which it would have easily leant itself to. They do with Vesikävelijät Saltaavat Altaat however on this atmospheric instrumental which keeps up the high standard so far.

As I already mentioned they remind me of Camel at times, none more so than on Poliisien Kesäkoti though lacking Andy Latimer's searing guitar. Häiritsevä Kaktus is one of the longer tracks, once again a strong jazz feel is present with a haunting spacey vibe courtesy of the electric piano.

They get more experimental on Peikkotanssi which strange as it sounds starts off in a more ambient vein almost developing into a ramshackle reggae style..I stress almost. Unfortunately it doesn't really work and ends up being the least satisfying track on the album. Pikkalinnun kuolema, the final track is also an ambient piece though short at only 2 minutes and whilst marginally more interesting than Peikkotanssi is not a great way to end this excellent album.

Although I thoroughly enjoyed the album and with reference to the strength of opening track Alue it would have been nice to have vocals featuring on a couple more tracks. A look at their website reveals that a full-time vocalist has now been recruited and listening to a few new songs on their myspace page suggests that Pop influences are more to the fore on their next release though hopefully not losing the Jazz and Prog along the way.

Thanks to alucard for the artist addition.

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