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DASPUTNIK

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Finland


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This Finnish group was born form a jamming music project MYSTERY SPACE, founded at city of Turku in year 2005. In year 2010 this instrumental group has line-up of guitar (Tuomas), saxophone & perc (Sini), keyboards & voices (Teppo), bass (Ville) and drums (Marko). As a team they head towards the realms of heavy riffed space rock directions, catching along musical ideas from diverse array of psychedelic vintage influences to their unique and interesting personal sound. The melodic saxophone and rhythm sector counterbalance this cosmic sound with more classical jazz presence. Music consists from both predefined structures and more open sequences for interactive improvisation, distributing much musical information and several emotional elements in a professionally balanced and well-matured form. From their Finnish colleagues I would mention the organic grove of HIDRIA SPACEFOLK and the more modern heavy sound of TAIPUVA LUOTISUORA belonging to same frame of reference.

The band gave their first live concert in the fall of 2006, and is an active performance giver at the local clubs and events. Two CD-R releases were published in 2007 / 2008, in 2009 the album "Parapsykosis" was released, followed by "Cyclokosmia" in 2011. Their third long player is also being on post-production on time of writing. A very recommendable group for those open to the musical style concerned.


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4.00 | 5 ratings
Parapsykosis
2009
4.00 | 9 ratings
Cyclokosmia
2011

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3.00 | 1 ratings
Demo
2007
4.00 | 1 ratings
Blatta Caverna
2008

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 Parapsykosis by DASPUTNIK album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.00 | 5 ratings

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Parapsykosis
Dasputnik Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

3 stars Turku, the former capital of Finland, has its own scene of marginal / alternative rock scene, or prog scene, if you like, with bands such as Kosmos, Viima and the newcomer Sisare. When it comes to the Finnish Psychedelic / Space Rock, Helsinki and Pori are the leading towns, but cleverly named DASPUTNIK comes from Turku. The quintet plays guitars, saxophones, keyboards, bass and drums. Parapsykosis is the first one of the two albums this far.

'Hzz' (10:31) is HAWKWIND-reminding, riff-based space rock that speeds forward like asteam train. Before the halfway there's a bit slower section with sinister distorted mumble, and later comes further occasional changes in the scenery (ie. tempo and atmosphere), at times rather jazzy. The second track is as hectic. Guitars operate mostly in the low ground with the attacking rhythm section, while flowing, impravisational melodies are primarily played by (soprano) sax. Synths hover in between, often with a Theremin-like sound.

'Tigerbalm', which starts with an acoustic guitar, is in slightly calmer tempo but the tension is there nevertheless. I like this atmospheric track where all instruments are equally audible, but the reappearance of the distorted mumble is only a nuisance for my ears. The next two tracks are the shortest - approximately three minutes each - and they don't bring any new ingredients to the soup. On the home sofa this music perhaps gets too monotonic, but I'm sure seeing this energetic band live would be a deeply impressive experience.

'Space of India' (11:22) is aptly named as it has some Oriental nuances. Occasionally it sounds as if there was a sitar and other Indian instruments, but at least they are not listed. All in all, Dasputnik are pretty good at what they do, which may be a bit narrow-minded on the long run. Cover art by Laura Andersson is cool! And by the way female is also the band member who would be my choice of their trade mark factor: Sini the saxophonist.

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 Cyclokosmia by DASPUTNIK album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 9 ratings

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Cyclokosmia
Dasputnik Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Finnish band DASPUTNIK was formed back in 2006 and has been an active live and recording unit ever since. Following a CD-R demo in 2007 the band made their first official EP release, "Blatta Caverna," in 2008, and hot on the heels of that disc came their full-length debut effort "Parapsykosis" in 2009. "Cyclokosmia" is their most recent CD, and was issued in the spring of 2011.

Space rock as they made it in the first half of the 70's is what Dasputnik has to offer on its latest production, where the saxophone and guitar share the limelight as far catering for the lead motifs go. Analogue mix and production emphasize the retro-oriented approach in a delightful manner and, all in all, this CD should be a treat for most space cadets, and those with a keen interest in Hawkwind's early 70's excursions may perhaps be a key audience. This creation is well worth checking out anyhow, as long as space rock is a style that interests you. A high-quality production and one easily recommended.

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 Cyclokosmia by DASPUTNIK album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 9 ratings

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Cyclokosmia
Dasputnik Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by philippe
Special Collaborator Content Development & Krautrock Team

4 stars Neo-cosmic musical tribe coming from Finland, the promising Dasputnik recently released their second effort for Art Safari Records. No much things have been said about the band but let's focuse on the music which is seriously magmatic and luminously psychedelic. This Cyclokosmia delivers real tripped out compositions in a classic rockin' vein, admitting imaginative, eccentric, standout instrumentals, extended jams dominated by highly technical and furiously heavy guitars. The opening theme is an epic-outerspace jam lead by solid guitar solos, powerful sax parts and blissed out jazzy-esque eastern inflected improvised parts. A very intense bombastic improvised session which carries on the hell-ish savage psych delirium entitled Phantom freakout. Each member develops great aptitudes for hyperactive-frantic instrumental explorations. Cosmic Train to Anticreation is probably among my favourite because of the ravishingly flowing and almost aerial sax passages. The track also contains some frenetic heavy epic sections. The last track develop more hybrid jazzy-esque vibes. Cyclokosmia is an infectious listen and blasting freakout rockin trip that can easily ravish fans of various progressive rock facets from the golden period: VDGG, Gong, Neuronium, Cybotron, Luv Machine and a few more. A highly convincing figure of the psych-spaced out rockin revival. Recommended !

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 Parapsykosis by DASPUTNIK album cover Studio Album, 2009
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Parapsykosis
Dasputnik Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars This first full CD of DaSputnik offers the listeners a pleasant voyage to the worlds inihibited by jazzy melodic textures and realexed hippierock passages. In these valleys lay firm stoner guitar walls and vivid twists of rhythm section, all illuminated by starlit of myriad space rock elements. Simple progressions gain depth from multi-instrument arrangements and rhythmic alterations, which create strong emotional tensioans, and similarly increase the level of musical information, which charms to return listen the record eagerly again. Main themes are assembled trough controlled changes, and longer free spaces work as a basis for mutual melody innovations (I would really recommend to see these musicians on stage). Synthesis of menacing cosmic synth drones and classic sounding tenor saxophone create a personal sound, and compositional elements maximize the dramatic potential of this instrumental abstract music. Songs contain mood changes which are conducted in logical manner, escaping the most harcore avantgardistic solutions and keeping the stuff quite accessible. In addition of celestial space travelling there are also more mellow symphatetic casual sequences included, reflecting the human element among the divine and grandious motives. Songs apply the different approach possibilities exessively, and create a rich selection of different tracks forming a solid and good quality album, convingly not containing any evident filler material. Thus I proclaim this as a very recommendable album worth of attention to psychedelic music fans fond of jazzy, heavy and positive cosmic music..

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 Blatta Caverna by DASPUTNIK album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2008
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Blatta Caverna
Dasputnik Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
4 stars The second demo of Dasputnik delivers two fine quality psychedelic spaced out tunes for your listening pleasure. "Cucaracha" rolls open a carpet of ethnic oriented textures, where sonic moods start to alter interestingly due subtle variations in the note scales, shifting from mellow to happiness, grandiose flow of power shimmering with both oppressive and delightful excitement. Distorted guitar riffs strengthen the space rock orientation, and the tenor sax reminds classic Finnish 1970's jazzy prog bands sounds. The rhythm section measures the theme sequence variations along bringing nice additions to baseflow, coloured by pleasant Hammond organs soundwall. "Stalactites Hang from Ceiling, Stalagmites Stick from Ground" (lost-in-cave song?) focuses to more neurotic rhythm and melody relationships within dramatic feelings driven by rhythm guitar and saxophone melody line. After the moody sections band twists some more dynamic gear in and flow to solo sequences built upon harmonic basis oscillating between measured keynotes. The very fine sound mixing escapes the average quality of underground CD-R releases. The chaos of the cover art is nice, but in my opinion the music is more controlled and focused than the impression given by the sleeve. Especially song ends and certain arrangements are very clever and professionally performed. A fine nugget to your musk-flavoured record collection if you can find the album somewhere (ask Finnish hippies from Helsinki or Turku if you meet them).

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