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PORCELAIN MOON

Crossover Prog • Finland


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Hailing from Finland, PORCELAIN MOON (originally starting as PORCELAIN) sports a 7 members strong band who draw their inspirations from acts like Genesis, Camel and Pink Floyd - but with a preference for the psychedelic aspects of the vintage progressive rock of the 70's. They were invited to play at Sweden's second official Space Rock festival in 2008, and got a good reception with their live take on music performance, where improvisation is a key element.

Formed sometime after 2005, the band finalized their debut album in 2009, issued in the late summer the same year as '... As It Were. Here and There'. Due to a re-release through French label Musea Parallele they have changed the band name to PORCELAIN MOON.

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3.86 | 16 ratings
...As It Were. Here and There
2009

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Swan Song
2013

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 Swan Song by PORCELAIN MOON album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Porcelain Moon Crossover Prog

Review by Gamera

— First review of this album —
4 stars This new EP from the Swedish speaking band from Finland was probably long-awaited by those who already had the chance to see them live! Indeed, some of the songs were already played by the band quite a while ago, but they were not available anywhere: this is fortunately no longer the case.

Few surprises on this CD for those who have already heard the first Porcelain Moon release. We can quite easily recognize the style of the band in the "new" songs, even with two of them being instrumental. Some might say that it sounds like many things heard before, but they will have to admit that it is at least well executed by a talented bunch of young enthousiast musicians. The voice of Charlotta Kerbs is yet again delightful, may it be in Swedish (on "Trädens talan") or in English (on "Castle").

If you liked the band's first release, you should definitely get this EP!

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 ...As It Were. Here and There by PORCELAIN MOON album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.86 | 16 ratings

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Review by ShumanTheHuman

4 stars Came across the band/album when they were reviewed and on the front page of Progarchives and having like the couple of tracks available bought the album through the bands website and I'm very pleased I did.

As the other reviewers have noted they're is nothing startlingly new to be found here but what you quickly realise is this is music written and played by people who believe and love what they are doing and they deliver very well constructed and engaging songs with flare and passion. All the players seem, to my ears, to be very good but Charlotta Kerbs vocals are outstanding.

To label the predominant style as 70s prog would be broadly accurate but there are funky grooves, countryish slid guitars and bluesy hammond breaks as well as later influences that add textures to the music that fall outside that definition. Guitar and organ are the predominant instruments but piano, synths and violin add to the mix. Charlottas amazing voice allows her to vary her style with apparent ease, she goes from a dreamy English Folk Rock style on Parts to an incredible Gillianesque powerhouse performance on the mostly spoken Someone and Love.

The hippied up CND symbols on the back cover give a clue to the lyrics in store which some may find naive but I find refreshingly lacking in cynicism although Someone and Love and Markens grode both have a darker vibe that the other tracks. The one criticism is a few pronunciation issues, particularly on Caught in a dream, but these barely detract although it does highlight the issue of bands such as Porcelain feeling the need, or wanting, to sing in English. The last track, Vinden, is in Swedish (the band are from Finland but come from a Swedish speaking minority - thanks Niklas;) and to me as an English speaker it has a rich, mysterious, ethereal quality that, I'm not saying the other track lack but they perhaps have to strive for, while this song conjures these feelings with ease.

Anyway, that is a minor point which I wouldn't want to take away from the impression of a very enjoyable and satisfying debut which hints at more great things to come.

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 ...As It Were. Here and There by PORCELAIN MOON album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.86 | 16 ratings

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Review by Marty McFly
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4 stars Quite a surprise, this is music that is not so easy to define, to understand, but quite easy to listen. For sure nothing that I would expect from Finland.

Hammond organ driven songs, full of energy (guitar solos - sometimes normal, harmonic stuff, but there are also disharmonic parts which are closer to jamming than to solos, Heavy parts) and there is 70s strong feeling (as usual, combined with some new elements).

Flaws would probably be good old quote "Hey, I have heard something like that before" (that I don't care about too much) and spoken parts (which aren't so enjoyable for me, rather annoying).

Datle's vocals (Datle means plural form of "Date Palm" in Czech, my language) aren't bad, maybe she shouts little too much (also not my liking in this case). Some parts are trying to be atmospheric and indeed, they're successful I have to say.

However, the biggest advantage here is that it will surprise you. Range of this album is very big and even everything has keyboards flavour, it still should be interesting for many people.

4(-), good one and unexpected hit from Finlandia.

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