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Founded in Kaustinen, Finland in 2011

KAIRON; IRSE! is a progressive rock band formed by Johannes KOHAL, Dmitry MELET, Lasse LUHTA and Niko LEHDONTIE. The group has been independently releasing music influenced by both post rock and psychedelic music since 2011.

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3.67 | 3 ratings
The Defect in That One Is Bleach / We're Hunting Wolverines
4.31 | 13 ratings
3.52 | 22 ratings
4.00 | 11 ratings

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 Polysomn by KAIRON; IRSE! album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.00 | 11 ratings

Kairon; IRSE! Post Rock/Math rock

Review by trout.phosphor


Apart from an unscuccessful speeding up between intro to main, opening track 'Psionic Static' is a lovely piece of work: heavy, groovy, math, prog. You're thinking you're in for a real tour de force, but what do you actually get?

First, allow me to digress for a moment: there used to be a music club where I used to live. Bands played, local and touring, and for years it was a great place to go. Yet people stopped going. Why? Because the resident sound engineer and part-owner had wrecked his hearing and couldn't hear upper-mid frequencies. He therefore booted them way up in the mix, leaving a sound that physically hurt. This is what this album sounds like.

Somewhere, buried underneath layers and layers of painful sonorities and amateurish production is a truly great album. Really. In between wincing at yet another oddly EQ'd guitar noise, or suffocating stodgy electonica, or complete lack of bass frequencies, there are (or should be) moments of real transcendence.

Yet in track after track, one is left thinking how unpleasant the sound is. It's not as if they've been pushed for time (one album every three years).

 Polysomn by KAIRON; IRSE! album cover Studio Album, 2020
4.00 | 11 ratings

Kairon; IRSE! Post Rock/Math rock

Review by DamoXt7942
Forum & Site Admin Group Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams

5 stars This album is one of the most colourful ones in 2020 that can give me a rich musical life. As for a Finnish KAIRON; IRSE!, my mate Eetu's let me know (thanks Eetu!), and on their Bandcamp page I've got absorbed into the sleeve pic of their latest album titled "Polysomn", that has more and more impressive contents in it. They are known as a Post / Math / Psych combo in the Finnish progressive rock scene, and we can find innovative sound variations via their latest production. Under such a tough pandemic situation that makes us stay home all over the world, and at the same time in an atmosphere of populism, they have created such a wonderful diversity- possessing album for every single Post / Math / Psych fan. Not sure why they could do such a good work under the no-good condition, but we can suggest they would have had a massive potential and strong intention for making material up, and surely they completed this opus in a strict manner. The melodic / rhythmic basis is repetitive but every phrase is quite melodious and enthusiastic.

From the beginning of the first shot "Psionic Static" a mysterious fantasy appears in front of us. Psych-y Math-y electric guitar opens the curtain. Based on deep heavy guitar fuzzes, brilliant melody lines featuring dreamy chorus veil us strongly and softly. The second track "Retrograde" has definitely authentic, bright metallic texture filled with theatrical moments here and there. A slow ballad "Welcome Blue Valkyrie" is drenched in fascinating flowery perfumed water and cool earthy distortion. Another excessive opening of "An Bat None" encourages us with kinda expectation of sunshine. Massive synthesizer shower is also good. Cannot usually touch such a creative development via other productions. "Mir Inoi" is a very simple and tiny song built with safe and sound vibes. The enchanting music collective drives us into another dimension.

In "Altaïr Descends" we would get tempted to the combination of dissected guitar sounds, silky delicate synthesizer fruits, and atmospheric chorus. "Hypnogram" involves complicated but comfortable synthesizer shots and magnificent guitar illuminations. Just like the title itself, this stuff gives us mysterious invitation. "White Files" is a short, catchy, and acceptable one but their soundgarden there is brilliant and vivacious. And yes the titled epilogue is crazy flavourful and energetic, just like Millésime Champagne with powerful body and long dreamy aftertaste. Into a dreamy dream.

"Polysomn" will remind us of promising future, despite the fact we are depressed under a horrible situation worldwide.

 Ruination by KAIRON; IRSE! album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.52 | 22 ratings

Kairon; IRSE! Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars The band name doesn't make ANY sense to me. 'Kairon' would mean 'of Cairo' in Finnish, and my only thought of 'irse' is a misspelt 'arse'. As if that strangeness wasn't enough, the band placed also " ; " and " ! " into their name. But of course, if it's meant to raise confusion and to stick out from more ordinary band names, they succeeded.

KAIRON; IRSE! is a Finnish experimental rock band that released their debut album Ruination last year. Although they're categorized here as Post-Rock, their music could be seen as Psychedelic / Space Rock as well. Noisy, distorted electric guitar is central in the trippy and dense soundscape. The cover art reflects that all. The two parts of 'Sinister Waters' are the longest tracks (at 12-13 min) and they sure offer one hell of a ride. Occasional vocal moments that are slightly softer in sound but still pretty psychedelic in spirit, some heavy stoner rock parts with the roaring guitar (and violin?) mixed very loud, and towards the end, synth-filled prog rock ecstacy reminding of the early [Todd Rundgren's] Utopia.

From that on the album unfortunately gets more and more unpleasant mess of loud, distorted playing and Post-Rock-ishly estranged singing. Guitarist Lasse Luhta is responsibe of the lyrics, which I mostly can't hear properly. At least the dynamics are powerful as the sound keeps changing from aggressive loudness to dreamier nuances. Saxophone and clarinet (played by additional musician Andreas Heino) have to fight for their audibility instead of having more distinctive guest spots in the arrangements. Vocalist-bassist Dmitry Melet plays also violin, which only underlines the gritty sonic density. 'Porphyrogennetos' is another extended track and a highlight, even though the final half gets disturbingly noisy. Especially the final title piece 'Ruination' has Anekdoten-like dynamics between soft calmness and loud, crimsonesque edginess.

Personally I often find this music is too noisy and aggressive, but I do respect the risk-taking attitude and the unpredictability. Occasional softer moments feel the more effective when they are surrounded by stoner-like heaviness. 2½ stars rounded up for avoiding compromises and for the cover art.

 Ruination by KAIRON; IRSE! album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.52 | 22 ratings

Kairon; IRSE! Post Rock/Math rock

Review by Chalcobalt

4 stars A peculiarly termed finnish group on this recording playing distinguished eclectic, progressive rock with frequent psychedelic flavours associated with Anekdoten, Astra and obvious King Crimson influences. The two-folded 'Sinister Water' suite is most accessible and to me most appealing of the tracks, mainly due to the high ratio of melodic and inventive instrumental passages. I am not equally thrilled when the raw psychedelic electric guitar drives the more monotonous sections that dominates some of the other songs, but the occassional pacey drum rhythms, ingenious bass lines and more symphonic touch to Starik makes that one a favourite as well. I do intermittently enjoy the record and really appreciate that this type of groups keep experimenting and expanding the genre. The highlighted tracks surely render the album worth collecting despite a few dismissive moments.
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