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VERDE (MIKA RINTALA)

Krautrock • Finland


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Verde is a band formed in 1997 by Finnish underground musician and DIY electronics designer Mika Rintala. He was part of one of Circle's finest line-ups and founding member of their spin-off project Ektroverde. Mika builds his own synthesizers, speakers, microphones, amplifiers - basically any equipment that can be used in creating or recording sound. Some of the finest recording studios in Finland (including Finnish National Broadcast company) use some equipment built or customized by him. Verde's music is an eclectic mix of styles and influences yet instantly recognizable and original. Mika's psychedelic yet earthy synths are accompanied by a variety of percussion, acoustic and electric string instruments and a bit of wind instruments by a bunch of talented amateur and professional musicians Mika likes to collaborate with. He also often utilizes different kinds of field recordings.

Despite and honed and professional touch, do not expect dry academic experimental sound art. Verde is playful and entertaining (although as far from your standard radio pop hits as possible). Musicians are having fun and enjoy breaking the boundaries. Still, Verde has its dark and serious sides. Several tracks are stark commentaries of modern world and its consumerist culture of negligence. Mika's major interests along music are long-distance running, orienteering and nature photography, so destruction of environment is a constant source of frustration and anger to him.

Verde has been compared to Faust, Bitches Brew -era Miles Davis, early Pink Floyd and Tangerine Dream, Nurse With Wound and such.

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Vuoronumero
2004
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2006
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Kärmes
2009

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Verde (Mika Rintala) Krautrock

Review by spacefreak

— First review of this album —
3 stars " Legenda" is the second album by VERDE, also known as Mika Rintala project (formerly of CIRCLE and EKTROVERDE). His previous CD 'Vuoronumero' was pretty much interesting electronics with an avant edge, not brilliant, but quite promising. This album is quite ambitious: it sees its soundscapes as a logical continuum to 1960s and 1970s wild electronic experiments, krautrock, PINK FLOYD in it's most abstract, and the early twisted NURSE WITH WOUND and THROBBING GRISTLE experiments in analogue electronics. And indeed, here is the krautrock as twisted by the early 80ies industrial scene, the guitar psychedelics of early ASH RA TEMPEL, synthlines of anything analogue, collated together with sounds of babies, people talking, field recordings, cut ups from improvised pieces of music with horns and such. Cosey's guitar playing is also dully copied.

I'm a long time fan of all these but the problem I have with this release is than no matter the exciting points of reference VERDE has no tension builds, structure or dynamics; it stays always a bit too much of a constant freak-out. Nine tracks here, spanning almost eighty minutes, whereas with some editing the CD could have been brilliant and genius at probably half the length. Perhaps Rintala needs to land in earth and look upon his material from a more focused point of view.

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