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EKTROVERDE

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Finland


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Ektroverde biography
Ektroverde was formed in year 1996, and it relates to the musical family of legendary group Circle. Like other groups of these musicians from Pori, Ektroverde's musical styles vary and morph freely within borders of psychedelia, krautrock, postrock, jazz and analogue electronics. The soundtrack recorded for Mika Taanila's film "Futuro - A New Stance for Tomorrow" might be affected by the early 1990's Juhan af Grann's ufo documents and old russian scifi movies, lo-fi ambiences and subtle rhythms uniting in krautish manner. Record "Music for Supermarkets" focuses to more plastic-oriented minimal electro moods, and album "Ukkossalama" reminds the early albums of Can with shamanistic and jazzy flavors. In their own statement the group proclaims that they "do not restrict to traditional and accustomed forms of performing music, but operates as performances, rituals and happenings that frequently use to the logic of the conceptual art and investigate the act itself. In spite of the scientific approach Ektroverde does not exclude myths and stories but employs and produces them." (www.phinnweb.org) The key personnel of the group are Tomi Leppänen, Mika Rättö and Jussi Lehtisalo, accompanied with their various colleagues Mika Rintala, Markku Peltola, Pike Kontkanen, Teemu Elo, Jyrki Laiho and Mikko Elo among others. In addition of studio recordings the group has had live gigs in their homeland and Belgium, these performances focusing to long hypnotic improvisations.


Discography

Albums:
1998 "Pingvin" (Ektro-004CD)
1998 "Music from The Film Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow" (Ektro-005CD)
1999 "Arpeggio" (Bad-87CD)
2000 "Harakkakuisti" (Ektro-007CD)
2000 "Integral"
2003 "Ukkossalama" (Ektro-014)

Singles & EPs:
1996 "Mortalaattori" (Ektro 2-4CD)
1997 "Music for Supermarket" (Bad-73)
1999 "Svart" (FR-10)
1999 7" split with Hinageshi Bondage (Verdura-01)

Compillation appearances:
1997 "Tootache 2/2" (K009)
1999 "B.V.O.D.: Pre-Millenium Bad Vugum" (Bad-1999)
2000 "Point of Yucca Volume 3" (YTRPOY3)
2001 "Fluorescent Tunnelvision" (SUB-0047)
2003 "Tididii Tididii Tididiididii" (LTJ-05/06)


Eetu Pellonpää


Sources:
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www.phinnweb.org
www.finnmusic.net
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Pingvin
1998
3.00 | 1 ratings
Music From the Film Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow
1998
3.00 | 2 ratings
Arpeggio
1999
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Harakkakuisti
2000
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Integral
2000
3.98 | 3 ratings
Ukkossalama
2003

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Mortalaattori
1996
2.00 | 1 ratings
Music for Supermarket
1997
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split - Ektroverde / Hinageshi Bondage
1999
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Svart / Orange
1999

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 Arpeggio by EKTROVERDE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Arpeggio
Ektroverde Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Matti
Collaborator Neo-Prog Team

4 stars EKTROVERDE is a Finnish group related (in the line-up sense) to the better known CIRCLE (misters Lehtisalo and Rättö play in both), and to VERDE, Mika Rintala's one-man group. And of course Mika Rättö is known also from MOON FOG PROPHET / KUUSUMUN PROFEETTA. Ektroverde seems to be the jazziest one of these groups. The very groovy - and really excellent - drumming forms the basement which other instruments build on. In many ways this instrumental music is resembling the legendary German band CAN. Hypnotically repetitive, bouncy, hilarious, highly skillful, off the wall. Probably way too unusual for an untrained pair of pop-consuming ears, but full of unique charm for a small audience. Of course it may as well leave you cold and bored.

As I'm originally writing this on paper, I don't remember the PA subgenre and can only guess what it might be. Jazz Rock / Fusion? Maybe too repetitive for that. And surely too accessible for RIO. Krautrock, then? Or perhaps Psychedelic / Space Rock, like CIRCLE? (So, it was that one, even though it actually doesn't say much about the nature of this music.)

The six tracks of this album would be hard to describe individually without repeating oneself. They may be very similar in style to each other, but as they sound so good, the whole album stays fairly enjoyable and fresh all the way. Sometimes the sound partly approaches Electronic Music, but the organic groove and rhythm never fails.

I was prepared not to like this music at all (even the cover design, a duller cousin to the cover of FAUST IV, is very untempting). I was happily surprised.

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 Ukkossalama by EKTROVERDE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.98 | 3 ratings

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Ukkossalama
Ektroverde Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars I have not heard the Ektroverde releases from year 2000, but this being their last album in my understanding, escapes further from dystopic views of mechanist society to the energies of ancient primeval powers. The threatening album cover gathers the storm for musical innovations, crystallized on song titles playing with medieval Finnish themes and relations to forces of nature.

The two shorter impressions lasting about ten minutes apiece start with "Kapituli" ("Chapter" in context of church administration), echoes residing still in more mechanical tonal idioms, sharp and hasty drums drawing together spacey guitars and more analogic presence of saxophone, round toned bass guitar and short visitations of vocals. A lighter and more jazzy ethereal improvisation of another Circle brotherhood band Plain Ride might be a comparative reference for this grooving aural warm-up voyaging. "Paholaispiirtäjä" ("Devilscraper"...?) creates interesting harmonics from multiple chord layers, reminding US late 60's garage rock blasts with streetwise lyric reciting. One-key based persistent sonic monolith leads to fine solos from saxophone, dualistic calls from acid treated guitar and funky waving bass lines.

The core moments of the album reside in my opinion on the two longer epic visions, rising calmly from "Kaski", the smokes from burned out forestlands providing fertile cultivation soil for crops. Gentle guitar picks tremble on their start-up positions, reverb delays crafting space for experience of vastness, supported by saxophone's calm lines. Serene floating upon the desolate ashen lands waiting for growth of new harvest gains intensity through respectable patience from the musicians, vocals and the first high peak on the intensity being reached around the fourteenth minute of this first of the two nearly twenty-seven minutes long tidal waves. After the vocal verse more chaotic touches on the guitar are allowed, and the rolling pace slightly escalates, concluding to climax of power on another rise upon the steps of instrumental monotonic grinding.

The last entity is called Lightning, the natural phenomena burning the forests away without intervention of an ape trying to dominate the biosphere. Drums open the track casually, pleasant shimmering guitars entering to sensual dance towards the center of the void. Prophetic voice screams from the distance, preaching with ancient sounding Finnish, declaring the reciter as the God of Lightning. Musically this second colossus evolves really pleasantly, and in my opinion the album gains further quality and power with each track. Some sort of thunderstorm escalation moment occurs around twelfth minutes, the drum battering growing very fiery, and guitars join for the massive catharsis of tension release after nearly one hour buildup. The final moments of this sonic voyage fades interestingly behind some sort of a layer, emphasizing the power being transmitted from another distant source than the clearer major part of the album. This layer starts to grow thicker like a dense carpet of rain, and slowly washes the music away, giving a convincing final touch for the energy and innovation of this minimalist archaic record.

I have been thinking about the different group incarnations of Circle; Pharaoh Overlord and Ektroverde, both starting to create music resembling the motives of Circle, but approaching the subject from slightly different viewpoints. Often the following recordings start to morph from style of their starting point, reflecting the inner dynamics of these band projects. I believe this is a signal of musical sincerity and courage to follow the directions rising from the psyche of musical collective's expressional needs. From the listener's perspective if one is not totally open to all regions of the musician's aesthetical ideas, purchasing albums blindly may cause disappointments. From Ektroverde albums this has so far been the most pleasing, leaning to more earthbound themes and rock-oriented hypnotisms. A very recommendable album for anybody open to such music.

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 Arpeggio by EKTROVERDE album cover Studio Album, 1999
3.00 | 2 ratings

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Arpeggio
Ektroverde Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

2 stars Environmental recordings from public events greet the listener, facing hypnotic electronic loopings from another mysterious incarnation of Rättö, Lehtisalo and their musician friends. The precise drumming unites smoothly with synthesizer loops and allows perspective to plastic sceneries of industrial landscapes. Funky bass tones are round, and overall feeling of the record is quite optimistic and hectic with the constant movement within the minimal schemes. I liked personally most the relaxed lounging of song "Interpol", slightly reminding tones remembered from Taipuva Luotisuora's concerts. Also the ambiences from 1980's Tangerine Dream recordings could be one reference from my limited perception. Technically a fine recording, but aesthetically not matching my own tastes of listening. Though I enjoyed this kind of sound realms much on the group's previous work on a film, the loss of further impulse dimensions leave me alone with my own inner desires, and create a conflict of these two different worlds clashing in an unfruitful manner. Friends of fresher monotonic electronic music should check this record out, I personally ventured for their monumental "Ukkossalama" album, which in my opinion changed the musical approach from this Circle project band completely.

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 Music From the Film Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow by EKTROVERDE album cover Studio Album, 1998
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Music From the Film Futuro: A New Stance for Tomorrow
Ektroverde Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
3 stars This soundtrack was created for the fascinating document film about UFO resembling houses designed by Matti Suuronen. Some product details described in Russian lead to electronic ambiences and subtle programmed sonic textures characterizing the sound realms of the record. Passive sonic modulations and ultra-minimalist radiophonics are quite fun to listen, but appeared for me quite null without the original context of the fabulous documentary movie. The loss of film's informative contents is patched with English and Finnish interview excerpts from the document, still denying the visual pleasures related to the subject. One possible solution for enjoying the record more would be using it as background music whilst reading reports of flying saucer encounters. I managed to visit one Futuro house with a friend during the year 2012 World Design Capital hoax celebrated in Helsinki. Being constructed mainly from polyester plastic and fiberglass resulted the small cabin to smell really unpleasant, and the space had characteristic late 60's feature, denying any kind of privacy from the inhabitants, forcing everybody to focus on mutual co-existence. Maybe the most conventional usage for the design house would be using it as filming location for fetish pornography; an activity to which the document movie concluded. I would recommend warmly Mika Taanila's film with this music for those interested of retro design, but the soundtrack then only for fans of eventless modern audio installations.

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 Music for Supermarket by EKTROVERDE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1997
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Music for Supermarket
Ektroverde Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Eetu Pellonpää
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

— First review of this album —
2 stars "Music for Supermarket" succeeds to capture the anxiety of fast paced consuming machine and works a political statement very well. But due the destructive subject and tonal solutions suiting to the theme, I admit this short EP was quite painful experience for me to listen trough. I believe if one is open to monotonic minimalist electronic music for programmed loops and drums, it is easier to analyse the nuances on sound textures and subtle compositional solutions. Few saxophone lines and manually played percussions bring some touch of humanity for these mechanistic sonic constructions, but are certainly absorbed by the merciless flow of discount vouchers and supermall's product information announcements. Deterministically primitive songs rejoice in the chaos of lo-fi sounds and melodies familiar from television commercials. Constant haste is going on in the world of purchases, except on the final song describing slowly developing queue disagreements on the cashier. The disc was released by wonderful record company Bad Vugum, which got fame from the trial related to their release of Shitter Limited's "Eat Shit" vinyl featuring Ronald MacDonald on the cover.

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 Ukkossalama by EKTROVERDE album cover Studio Album, 2003
3.98 | 3 ratings

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Ukkossalama
Ektroverde Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Here we have a space rock classic from a band which is under way in nearly every nook and corner music-wise. 'Ukkossalama' features four seemingly free formed jams with a cosmic as well as jazzy appeal, that said one could also say stylistically close to Daevid Allen projects and some wellknown krautrock bands. Still very unique and a bit unusual when speaking of Ektroverde terms, all the other productions I know are stylistically very wide-ranging, based on a more avantgarde approach. But this is pure jamming.

Thirteen musicians are involved here more or less, mainly deriving from the huge Circle (Ektro) society and also featuring Mika Rintala (Verde). The album sounds like recorded on the fly, don't know if any overdubs were made. All the instruments, especially the saxophones, are swirling around somehow, animated by ... well, I'm not able to spot ... who serves the structure? Who defines the direction, where to float? Some aspects on the shorter expeditions Kapituli and Paholaispiirtäjä remind me of Hungarian band Korai Öröm playing live - the vocals, the jazzy groove. Both songs are faded out by the way.

The drawn-out Kaski is provided with more hypnotically floating krautrock essence, build up around a repetitive motif, as for that coming with references close to the Yeti jamming Amon Düül 2. Salama follows with emphasized vocals by Mika Rättö - no, shouting recitative meets it better, there's some aggressive vibe definitely, in order to start the engines of course. Furthermore this track is focussed on soaring spacey guitars respectively synths, lively bass and drums - a gripping cosmic odyssey par excellence.

Did they fail the return to mother earth or not? They leave the question unanswered. One word - inspired! An album which pleases me much. I like the approach to let the songs evolve without boundings, their abilities to interact, the joy of playing, the excellent musicianship. Nearly perfect (though - strictly speaking - currently I'm not able to formulate what completely perfect really means to me). 'Ukkossalama' is a highly recommended affair bult around kraut, jazz and space ingredients - 4.5 stars.

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