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PAIDARION

Crossover Prog • Finland


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Formed in 2006,some members from the groups Mist Season and Progression have participated in the Paidarion-project. Although Paidarion's music is related to Mist Season, it relies more on rock and ballads with progressive themes. Their new album. Haurus Silta, has been mixed by the Finnish Prog Legend, Tommi Liuhala (who ever since the 70's has worked with for ex. Wigwam, Kalevala and Haikara). Hauras Silta-CD contains 12 melodic songs from different situations in life. All the texts are written by Pirkko Salhi. The music could be described as folk/crossover prog/gospel with country influences. The instrumental parts of experienced musicians color the vocal parts of Kristina Johnson and Jari Markkula with many kinds of lights and shadows. Great soundscapes and moody atmospheres lend an eclectic feel to the music also.

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3.04 | 8 ratings
Hauras Silta
2009
3.56 | 18 ratings
Behind the Curtains
2011

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 Hauras Silta by PAIDARION album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.04 | 8 ratings

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Paidarion Crossover Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars Finnish project from Hämeenlinna, led since 2006 by Mist Season's drummer Kimmo Pörsti.Pörsti recruited keyboardist Timo Kajamies and guitarist Tommi Varjola from Mist Season, also guitarist Harri Göös, flute/sax player Olli Jaakkola along with guitarist Jaan Jaanson and bassist Jan-Olof Strandberg, both from Progression.With the help of singers Jari Markkula and Kristina Johnson Paidarion started recording material for a debut at the fall of 2008 and the album saw the light in 2009 on the Seacrest label under the title ''Hauras Silta''.

The style is a beautiful mix of Folk Rock and Jazz Rock with plenty of proggy touches, recalling compatriots AQUAPLAN and having a strong Scandinavian melancholy on the female-vocal tracks due to the use of Finnish language.The atmosphere is mellow and dreamy with some excellent flute melodies and soft piano lines along with series of melodic guitar solos by the three guitarists of the project.Despite its calm sound all these tracks burst out an extreme inner beauty and the voice of Kristina Johnson is a pure heaven.The male-vocal tracks are a whole different story.More up-tempo musicianship with a Jazz-Rock attitude, often supported by lots of funky elements and grooves, with good sax work and the overall approach being close to a more energetic MIST SEASON.Nice guitar solos, deep bass lines and interesting piano and synths create a generally positive atmosphere compared to the female-vocal arrangements and even a couple of them contain some lovely child choirs.

Interesting debut by Paidarion.Good mix of Scandinavian Art Rock with Folk and Jazz, especially created for fans of dreamy and intense atmospheres.Warmly recommended.

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 Behind the Curtains by PAIDARION album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.56 | 18 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Second album of this finish band named Paidarion is an excellent one in every way. Behind the curtains is the name of the album released in november 2011. I was quite pleasent surprised of the first album and I decided to check the second one aswell. With this album Paidarion change little the musical direstion and the result is more then ok, even great. Optaing for a more jazz fusion lanscapes here but aswell combining with folkish atmosphere of their previous one Behind the curtains is a winner for sure. Pieces like instrumentals Trapeze or A leap into unknown or with vocals A vertical rope and A small wish are simply excellent pieces that shows Paidarion in good form with great inventive passages, tight musicianship. Alternating up tempo fusion parts with more mellow ones, Paidarion succeded to overcome their first album from two years prior and offering an album that for sure will please fans of progressive rock. Having some guest here like Michael Manring on bass, Stebe Unruh on violin they integrated very well in the album atmosphere. Some impressive bass lines and keyboards on all pieces, complex and very well played, sax aswell did a good job here - Risto Salmi is the sax player of jazz fusion band Mist Season, the influences might apper on this release . All in all a very promising band that needs recognition, if first album was good this one tops it easely, more mature more intresting. Great , 4 stars easy, excellent booklet and art work. A band that I will keep an eye on in the future.

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 Behind the Curtains by PAIDARION album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.56 | 18 ratings

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Review by Nightfly
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars Behind The Curtain is the second album from Finland's Paidarion. Whilst it won't set the world on fire it's nevertheless a highly competent and enjoyable collection drawing on various styles. Light jazz is fairly prominent; the kind of stuff David Sanborn did (probably still does) mixed with prog - mainly symphonic and all done with a commercial touch. If there's a problem it's that it's all just a little too polite and smooth, mainly on the mellow side. Occasionally Jaan Jaanson's guitar takes things up a notch and he puts in a few fiery solo's, a few more of which would have been very welcome.

The band are all good players and Elina Hautakoski is an excellent singer with a jazz inflected style. Making the band stand out from the usual prog fare is the heavy use of sax but don't expect any wilder David Jackson (Van Der Graaf Generator) style moments, the afore mentioned David Sanborn coming more to mind.

Those enjoying the wilder excesses of prog may find Paidarion a bit on the dull side but despite this there's no denying their ability as players and composers of light and easily accessible prog. Perhaps a new sub-genre is in order - easy listening prog.

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 Behind the Curtains by PAIDARION album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.56 | 18 ratings

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Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars Nice to see this Finnish band is here already, and even with some reviews. Their first album from 2009 is for some reason classified under Gospel Rock in Tampere Library. Naturally I'm going to borrow it as soon as possible. However this second one is a plain prog album - you can see it right from the Neo-Proggish cover. Some of the musicians (e.g. Risto Salmi, saxophones) are from MIST SEASON, which is a Jazz/Fusion group. The line-up has changed since the debut, and the introductory text - featuring praising words about the new members - gives an idea that now they are much more seriously in the Finnish Prog scene. They have even invited some foreign prog musicians such as Michael Manring (bass) and Steve Unruh (violin). The new vocalist is Elina Hautakoski, a young lady with a beautiful voice.

For a prog connoisseur their sound is not very unique with its clean, nearly sterile production, but they blend various music genres into a logical artistic whole without ever sounding pretentious. Neo-Prog, pop and jazz flavours are obvious, and I'd like to add Entertainment Vocal Music (Elaine Paige, Katherine Jenkins and such). One song started pretty much in that style but evolved into proggier direction. Instrumentals (were there two or three of them) are something you might hear on older ARENA or IQ albums too; the jazz side actually could come out more strongly. Also I believe that Elina could manage to handle some more ambitious vocal parts too. All in all this is very fine work, enjoyable from start to finish. Perhaps I miss some more depth or rougher edges in this polished album. Maybe they are still on their way to really find their uniqueness.

I wish this band a good future!

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 Behind the Curtains by PAIDARION album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.56 | 18 ratings

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Review by Ovidiu

4 stars Here we have the second album of this very talented band from the cold Finland-the land of the 1000 lakes!BEHIND THE CURTAINS is the proud successor of the first album of PAIDARION ,HAURAS SILTA!Definitelly,this second musical effort marks a logical progression compared with the musical message of the first opus!It's also slightly different-less traditional than the first one and definitelly more jazz fusion and prog orientated!The production is excellent-as usual-and the compositions are well structured and inspired too!BEHIND THE CURTAINS is a diverse album,made by real pros,and the atmosphere of the album is one of passion and pure delightment to play high quality music-timeless and out of trends and tendences!It's real good music,with strong influences from the bands of the 70's and some classical fusion and prog rock ingredients too!As I've mentioned above,the musicianship is at the highest level,all the great musicians from this album are doing an excellent job!Great interventions of each instrumentist-but,definitelly,a strong colective effort!We must mention the presence on one track of the bassist extraordinaire MICHAEL MANRING-a great name in music-the certificate of quality and musical excellence of this album .The vocal tracks are provided by a excellent lady singer-ELINA HAUTAKOSKY-very enjoyable and pleasant to any ears-BOB PRICE is the male voice-he delivers also some excellent interventions on the vocal tracks too!!Overall,an excellent album,loaded with strong compositions-an album that needs more auditions to be fully understood and musically appreciated.It's not a difficult audition,no way about it,but the album has many fine complex passages and moments of real musical delightment and enchantment!4 strong stars without any hesitation and the conviction that PAIDARION has a huge musical potential!

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 Hauras Silta by PAIDARION album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.04 | 8 ratings

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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 for sure

Paidarion is a progressive rock band from Finland formed around 2006. They release so far a two albums, this is from 2009 named Hauras silta. Besides the progressive roots of their music in their sound can easely be traced gospel, folk and jazz elements. Some of the members from Paidarion are coming from another finish jazz fusion band Mist Season, so it's obvious that the jazzy parts from Hauras silta are influenced by this band. The album alternates from mellow side of prog with a lot of folk touches to a more up tempo beats close to jazz side, but always keeping a great atmosphere. Also here are two kind of voices, the female Kristina Johnson, who fits very well in the context, she has a nice and very fragile tone of voice and male Jari Markkula. Here and there are flute passages who interplay very well with the smooth keys arrangements and with the guitar works. Overall the album maybe sounds a little to mellow, but the beauty of the pieces make me forget this part, and enjoy to the max this release. Not a groundbreaking album, but filled with pleasent moments and good arrangements. 3.5 stars for sure, a good album, even great in places, and for sure needs a wider recognition. CD available on cdbaby. I'm looking forward to listen to their new release Behind The Curtain just issued this month.

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3.56 | 18 ratings

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Review by J-Man
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3 stars Hailing from Finland is Paidarion, one of the more unique acts on the modern progressive rock scene. Their sound consists of various styles of prog rock, as well as a liberal dosing of jazz, funk, pop, and a host of other genres. Behind the Curtains is their second full-length album, and in spite of its diversity and complex nature, it manages to remain surprisingly accessible and user-friendly. Paidarion have crafted a pretty enjoyable record this time around, and anyone who enjoys the more eclectic side of modern art rock should be sure to give this a listen. Though not essential, Behind the Curtains is an interesting effort that has ultimately left a positive impression on this reviewer.

Paidarion's sound doesn't strike me as revolutionary, but there's no denying that they deliver some pretty original prog rock on Behind the Curtains. I have a tough time finding any other band that serves as a valid comparison to the blend of neo-prog, art rock, fusion, funk, vocal jazz, and retro symphonic prog found on this record. The gentle vocal jazz in "A Springtime Meadow" (complete with female vocals, a soprano saxophone solo, and the whole ordeal) offers a stark contrast to the complex progressive rock you'll find in "A Leap Into the Unknown", which also varies significantly from the atmospheric nature of "Behind the Curtain (A Song For Michael)". Behind the Curtains has something for just about anybody, and I find myself entertained throughout most of the album's one-hour duration.

At the expense of the diverse nature of the music, the album tends to feel a bit incoherent at time. The compositions are somewhat hit-and-miss, and not all of the tracks are up to par with the best that Paidarion has to offer. Maybe a slightly shorter running length would've helped this issue, but it's not a major problem since all of Behind the Curtains is still pretty enjoyable. The musicianship and production are also both astounding, and I especially have to give a nod to keyboard player Kimmo Tapananinen who delivers plenty of impressive parts throughout the album. Jan-Olof Strandberg is also one of the more talented bass players out there, with his prominent playing style and occasional solos really grabbing my attention.

Behind the Curtains is a pretty interesting effort from Paidarion, and I challenge every fan of adventurous art rock to give this album a spin. While not flawless, it suggests a bright future for this promising Finnish act. I'll be keeping an eye on these guys, and rate this pleasant album with 3.5 stars. Behind the Curtains is recommended to fans of progressive rock that is distinctly modern and unique.

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