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KUUSUMUN PROFEETTA

Crossover Prog • Finland


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Finnish band KUUSUMUN PROFEETTA was born in 2001, a band that grew out of and initially partially co-existed with long time band Moon Fog Prophet. One might say that they in fact were the same band: Kuusumun Profeetta is just Finnish for Moon Fog Prophet after all. And the latter did release an album in 2002, which was to be their last under that moniker. But as the new band name also brought with it a slight change in stylistic expression, one might as well regard them as separate but closely related entities in their own right.

But even as their life as Moon Fog Prophet came to an end, they had already established their new identity as Kuusumun Profeetta, making their debut as a Finnish language act in 2001 with Kukin Kaappiaan Selässään Kantaa. And when playing live they were strengthened by Irina Niemelä on saxophone and Daniel James Finley on percussion and backing vocals at this point in time. Later on their live excursions might occasionally be strengthened by one or more of a group of additional musicians: Jyrki Laiho (guitars), Elli Keltto, Emmi Sydänmaa and Ilana Vähätupa (backing vocals). 2002 also saw their second release Jatkuvasti Maailmaa Pelastamaan Kyllästynyt Supersankari hit shelves, around the same time as Italian label Mellow Records decided to release the final Moon Fog Prophet disc Taunting Tin Bells Through The Mammal Void.

The following year Jyrki Laiho (guitars) and Samuli Peltoniemi (trumpet) became the latest permanent members of the band. In 2004 Sanansaattaja Oraakkeli Salamurha Hyökkäysvaunu was released, their third full length production as Kuusumun Profeetta. A popular album, and their first to hit the Finnish album charts.

At this time the band started cooperating with composer Harri Kerko, and 2006 saw the band release a new album that bore the fruits of this crative union: Hymyilevien Laivojen Satama. This cooperation was continued live as well, with two extensive performances that saw Kerko conducting and the band incorporating a multimedia show. But then matters returned to normal again, and when Lyhtykuja was released in 2008 it was a regular band effort. One year later they released Myrskyn Silmään, their first live DVD.

The next couple of years turned out to be silent ones for this Finnish act, due to the individual members being active elsewhere. Apart from a few live appearencs, the most noteworthy to report from this period was the inclusion of Harri Sippola (guitars) as a permanent m...
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Kukin Kaappiaan Selassaan Kantaa
2001
2.67 | 3 ratings
Jatkuvasti Maailmaa Pelastamaan Kyllastynyt Supersankari
2002
3.00 | 2 ratings
Sanansaattaja Oraakkeli Salamurha Hyokkaysvaunu
2004
3.96 | 5 ratings
Hymyilevien Laivojen Satama
2006
4.00 | 2 ratings
Lyhtykuja
2008
4.00 | 1 ratings
Huutoja hiljaisesta huoneesta
2012

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Myrskyn Silmaan
2009

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Kukin Kaappiaan Selassaan Kantaa
2002
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Riemun Ja Kurjuuden Salekaihtimet
2006

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3.96 | 5 ratings

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Hymyilevien Laivojen Satama
Kuusumun Profeetta Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
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4 stars No reviews for this notable Finnish band yet, only ratings... :-(

MOON FOG PROPHET performed dramatic and dark-toned progressive rock in English - very original too, even though I sense a strong Peter Hammill / Van der Graaf Generator influence, and this band is naturally the Finnish-language continuation of it. Hymyilevien Laivojen Satama (translation would be The Harbour of Smiling Ships) is the fourth album.

My first acquaintance of KsP was the album Kukin Selässään Kaappiaan Kantaa approximately 10 years ago. I remember faintly some mesmerizingly calm and introspective music in it, and when I later listened to a Moon Fog Prophet album, especially the singing style of Mika Rättö felt peculiar in its Hammill-ness. Now I've lately listened to MFP much more with very positive reception. What I'm trying to say with this long intro is that this album sounds more clearly as the continuation of MFP than my faint memories of the other, in fact earlier album. Rättö's vocals are not as frail as on those mentioned calm memories, nor are they so Hammill-like either; instead his singing with a good dose of vibrato has a, hmmm, mock- elegance of an old-fashioned chanson singer growing old? Think of Tauno Palo in his old days. Probably they are not easy to get used to, and together with the language barrier they make Kuusumun Profeetta's music pretty hard to export, as the vocals are often quite central.

The arrangements here are very fine and nuanced, featuring many kinds of reed, brass and string instruments (played by a wide cast of guest musicians). The playing variates a lot between the tracks, for example 'Tunnit muuttuu minuuteiksi' has a long orchestral section. At the same time the album's atmosphere succeeds to be introspective and, yes, elegant! Some songs are edgier than others, but most of the album is relatively calm. The rich arrangements are making it more interesting, especially to a listener who likes also chamber jazz and who doesn't demand rock'n'roll power from a prog album. The title track with plenty of wind instruments has excellent jazz flavour in the ECM mode.

Very recommendable 58-minute album to a listener already familiar with these artists, while non-Finnish audience may have it more difficult to digest.

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