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PRIME MOVER

Crossover Prog • Finland


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PRIME MOVER is a Finnish group doing progressive music containing many style elements (both progressive and commercial), synthesized as an approachable pleasant music. The lyrics are sung in Swedish (also spoken in Finland if you did not knew it), thought the two first albums were sung in English. The texts are mostly sincere contemplations about the surrounding world, and life's big and small questions in it, quite humane and warm.

The group started to form in the late 1980's as Michael Karlsson and Roger Nyman started to play and learn doing music together. In late 1990's they got Dennis Nordell as the singer, and the group released their first demo release "Mr Zingelmann" in 1999 with the name PRIME MOVER. The album had also some keyboards played in it by Sebastian Teir, who joined the band with drummer Kenneth Lagerström. They released the first real album "Put in Perspective" in 2001. The following album "Prime Mover Alias Drivkraft" was released in 2004, and was the first album with Swedish lyrics and also wider array of instruments and visiting musicians. The album "Imperfekt" followed in 2007.

The group does not perform live on stage, but instead capture their music carefully with the studio equipment. Recommended for anybody interested of sincere and accessible progressive rock music!


Discography:
1999 "Mr Zingelmann" CD-R Demo
2001 "Put in Perspective" CD
2004 "Prime Mover alias Drivkraft" CD
2007 "Imperfekt" CD


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3.00 | 2 ratings
Put In Perspective
2001
3.00 | 2 ratings
Prime Mover alias Drivkraft
2004
3.86 | 2 ratings
Imperfekt
2007

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Mr Zingelmann
1999

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 Prime Mover alias Drivkraft by PRIME MOVER album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Prime Mover alias Drivkraft
Prime Mover Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

3 stars Here's another obscure Finnish prog band, the only Swedish speaking one that I have come across this far besides Opus Symbiosis. Also the lyrics on this album (and the next one) are in Swedish whereas their debut was sung in English. That's not a problem per se - even though I hated the language back in school - but unfortunately the uninteresting vocals are heavily present in the music. The male vocalist has an 'unprofessional', honest and amateurish style common in folk music, which this music isn't otherwise all the time (to some extent definitely, even including appearances of bouzouki and violin). It is a mixture of vocal-oriented pop and retro-sounding prog. The progness lies mostly in rhythmic complexity and versatile arrangements on shorter tracks - four of them out of six. Here and there they have also instrumental sections that improve them a lot, but the joy is often interrupted by the return of chorus-repeating song structure.

The two 10-11 minute tracks are clearly the highlights and they notably increase the progressivity. 'Utbränd' may have a slight sense of uncoherence but it has some very nice sections, featuring a female background vocalist (why not more on the whole album?). Electric guitar is a central instrument in the band sound. Keyboards lean nicely on the retro vintage style and the aforementioned additional instruments plus trumpet add to the colour. Hmm, this would be pretty interesting group if only the vocals didn't have so big role. Or if they had a better singer. Summa summarum: nice if you like the retro feel and folkiness, but quite forgettable in this vast prog universe.

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 Put In Perspective by PRIME MOVER album cover Studio Album, 2001
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Prime Mover Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars The friendship and their love for music led longtime buddies Michael Karlsson (guitar) and Roger Nyman (bass) to form the Finnish act Prime Mover in late-90's.Accompanied by their friend Dennis Nordell on vocals and guest keyboardist Sebastian Teir they released a demo CD-R in 1999 entitled ''Mr Zingelmann''.Teir became a permanent member of the band, bringing in drummer Kenneth Lagerström.Recorded in eight (!) different places between spring '00 and summer '01, ''Put in Perspective'', Prime Mover's official self-produced debut, was released in 2001.

The album is filled with dynamic and passionate pieces, characterized by groovy stylings and powerful sounds, but Prime Mover sound no less progressive than to say most of the Neo Prog bands out there.''Put in Perspective'' steps with one foot on the 70's Prog scene of Progressive Rock, while the other uses the modern style of bands such as A.C.T. or UNICORN to come up with a very balanced work.Intelligent compositions with interesting changes between organs and synthesizers and a singer with an expressive and hoarse voice, matching nicely with the overall style.There are strong Heavy Rock, Psychedelic Rock and 70's Progressive Rock inspirations throughout the album, all blended very carefully, while the great groovy parts are usually interrupted by some great solos, either coming from Teir's keyboards or Karlsson's guitar.The atmosphere is often great, especially when the band offers its dynamic interplays, far from the typical dark or melancholic Scandinavian sound and based on a more optimistic delivery.

Nice little pearl for both fans of vintage and modern Progressive Rock.Mostly rhythmic musicianship with a nice amount of proggy pyrotechnics.Interesting and recommended stuff...3.5 stars.

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 Imperfekt by PRIME MOVER album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.86 | 2 ratings

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Prime Mover Crossover Prog

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars For me this album is the best achievement of this group, and due it's accessibility and fine quality I would recommend this most sincerily to anybody liking artistic rock music.

The album opens with a wonderful track "Telefonsamtal från norr ", sounding like softer version of modern Rush. Pleasant polyrhytmical guitar layers allow basis for very fine melodies, giving a fine first impression and setting proper mood for the album. The positive moods continue with the groovy second song leading to the delicate electronics of "Sväljer mina ord". The song has a pleasantly catching riff, strong melody lines, and pretty conclusion at the slow moments at the song's end. Nice acoustic mystic tale "In i dimman" follows sounding like a story told by a father to his children. "Ingenting" contains different contrasting elements, minor key intro leading to more faster hard rock riffs, which then reveal a quite dramatic melodic song, referring to the earlier riff now and then. This long track is quite logical with the changes, keeping coherent form within its vivid structures. "Styrd av plaskort" continues melodically in slightly opressing moods, being calm and athmospheric song with interesting short sections in it. Next song "I verkligheten" has a form shifting from quiet moments to more rocking phases. "Sänt vi behöver" has a very nice quiet start, little remininding sounds on Landberk's "Indian Summer" record. This is quite pretty melodic number, though there's a contrasting elements composed to this song also. Following track "Enbart psykopat" starts similarily with a melodic moody part and changes then to more brisker rockier main tune. "Sagt och gjort" is quite basic pop/rock tune, very nice guitar solo found from it. Last track "En yrkeshjältes vedermödör" is the longest song here, having quite progressive start, with chorals and everything, also pompous classical styled movements and flute sections reminding sighlty tones of Änglagård. Here the song follows more logical straits, containg a small epic building from the separate compositional parts in vein of classic progressive rock song philosophies.

The records offers something for a listener wishing interesting musicial content, but probably won't drive away listners of more accessible conventional rock music either. Controversal musical elements are arranged well, creating pleasant and logical exprienceI liked the album cover concept much: Abstract and stylisitcal, then inside warm pictures of Finnish nature concealed within. Also from all of the four records I heard from the group this is clearly best, a highpoint achieved with the devoted work of honest musicians. It tastes like a life lived with love and sincere kindness

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 Prime Mover alias Drivkraft by PRIME MOVER album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Review by Eetu Pellonpää
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3 stars Second official ablum from the group, now presenting lyrics in musicians mothertongue Swedish. This is nice, I like honest approach and Swedish is pleasant to listen, though understanding is little more different than English or Finnish to me. Both sound production and album cover art are now very professional.

As quick analysis of the songs; First track is quite commercial soundgin with some proggy twists in rhythm arrangements. This is followed by a groovy rocker with neat rhythm twists. Then an open mantra introduces the longest track in the album, "Utbränd". The singing feels like a weak link here to mee, though the compsition is otherwise quite good. Phases with male/femal vocals are nicest I think. Then follows a nice pleasant tune with acoustic drive. Great rhythm guitar drives "Begagnat liv", little minor oriented rocker, which is a very good song! Last track is also moody stuff with sax, another good long track, though some changes it don't fell totally logical. Not bad though...

Stylistically not my favourite "dish", but pleasant to listen still. If commercial slightly neo- proggish stuff with Swedish lyrics sounds an interesting combo, try this, it is very well done album. Fine and delicate arrangements are a trademark of this groupo too in my opinion.

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 Put In Perspective by PRIME MOVER album cover Studio Album, 2001
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Review by Eetu Pellonpää
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3 stars The first official CD of the group, recorded now in different studios instead with home equipment, and also last one with english lyrics. Nice electronic cosmic soundscapes start the album, joined by cool bass groove and subtle bluesy guitars. Drums open the track, and vocals sooin joining are now better than in the first demo CD, maybe little reminding some Pearl Jam songs I have heard. Again there are much happening logically in the tracks; What the group might lack in free playing due not doing gigs, they gain much from the careful studio working most certainly! Rhythm movements are really wonderful here, second track kicks in the hardrock phase, followed by mellow downers and positive rock songs. "Laughable" and "See It for Yourself" lean in my understaning to more neo-proggish and mainstream hardrock style. The last longest track starts as electronic trance music or something, going trough other styles present in the recording within ambitious composition.

The professional bass playing with hardrock guitar sound and modern electronic synths bring again associations of the band having a song with same name as this group, but there's no traces of copying any very charastetical elements from their music to here. Personal and sincere approach pleases always, though this music is not something striking directly to my own taste. Nevertheless I liked it and this kind of "surprise effect" increase the listeing pleasure. I think the sounds are bit blurry in some parts, but again this does not hur me; A regular listener of early 20th century opera and 60's/70's audience rarity tapings. Lyrics and moods related to everyday life make the songs easy to symphatize.

If you like both commercial rock and also classical progressive rock, this group offers the combination of these in the same packet. First five songs are done by the guitarrist, and last three by the bass player (both also singing on the record). I liked the earlier songs more, which are more precise their approach. The later are not bad either, but different slightly in style. I'll say it's three and half stars worth, but if you are a fan if this style music, you may round it up to four! I also liked the symphatetic cover painting somehow quite much.

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 Mr Zingelmann by PRIME MOVER album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1999
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Prime Mover Crossover Prog

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
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— First review of this album —
3 stars This is a quite nice first demo/promo release from a band focusing in doing only carefully constructed studio albums. Compositions and arrangemnts are mostly very good, singing is slightly cautious, but you hear worse tryouts in the early 70's continental European underground prog gems easily. RUSH is certainly somekind of influence and association, though their unigue style is clearly copied here, and there are many quite pleasant accessible musical elements found. The sounds aren't probably as professional as intended, but my half deaf ears don't notice any big faults in them. Players are also evidently very good.

I had a dillema should I give 3 or 2 stars to this record. Maybe the "Me & My Pacemaker" was the most irritating track here (whispered death metal vocals lol). I stuck to three after contemplation; There is much very pleasant melodies with more intelligent approach than normal rock group could produce for the markets with commercial approach. And some tracks like "The Meaning of Life (Maybe)" have been done very carefully containing quite neat rhythmic solutions. Listening the album trough excluding one track was very positive experience, so if you like the other albums of the band, try hunt this one down too!

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