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    Posted: October 16 2005 at 21:37
Trouserpass mentioned they were one of the few new prog bands that would shape the future sound of prog. I listened and I liked, but I was wondering which albums would be the best to purchase.

Vocals by chance also? None in the samples, but want to make sure.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 16 2005 at 22:36
Other sites have recommended Vasaraasia.


They are very good. They have a very mature sound. Like Soft Machine around fourth. They have a different sound than Soft Machine but similar abilities.

 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2005 at 03:06

Originally posted by WillieThePimp

Vocals by chance also? None in the samples, but want to make sure.

There's vocal sung in Finnish at their latest album done with Tuomari Nurmio, but I think the music in it is less "weird" or something.

I saw the 1st incarnation of ALAMAAILMAN VASARAT live in Helsinki some years ago, but I wasn't too impressed. I'm not very much into a "humor music"...

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2005 at 08:49
Originally posted by Eetu Pellonpää

Originally posted by WillieThePimp

Vocals by chance also? None in the samples, but want to make sure.

There's vocal sung in Finnish at their latest album done with Tuomari Nurmio, but I think the music in it is less "weird" or something.

I saw the 1st incarnation of ALAMAAILMAN VASARAT live in Helsinki some years ago, but I wasn't too impressed. I'm not very much into a "humor music"...



I do not mind a little humour, but to me Alamaailman Vasara, from what i've listened to doesn't contain too much humour. The only thing humorous might be rocking so hard with brass instruments, which I find humorous, if they aren't played in a proggy way...ex) Ska music.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2005 at 09:31
I like them - it's amusing, but not only amusing . I can't help you with albums though, I'm just judging from the videos from the website.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2005 at 12:30
Awesome band. The first 2 are quite similar, no vocals. I think Käärmelautakunta (the 2nd) is the best. The 3rd, Kinaporin kalifaatti, adds a vocalist and the style of the music is totally different - a lot more pop and straight-up jazz influence whereas the first two draw more from world musics, heavy metal, rock, and creeping dirgelike stuff with lots of pump organ

If you like these guys also try Hoyry-kone, though I think their two albums are out of print. Wackier, more diverse, and in a lot of ways more "out" or "avant" than Alamaailman Vasarat.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 17 2005 at 17:57
They're sort of Hory Kone unplugged, or Univers Zero discovering their sense of humour after a few bottles of Schnapps, or one of Zappa's horn sections stumbling into a folk club somewhere in the depths of a Finnish forest, or Sammla Mammas Manna's rhythm section meeting Soft Machine's front line - excellent stuff, deeply eccentric but highly disciplined and with a very high standard of musicianship. Well worth checking out.  Start with the first album and take it from there.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 18 2005 at 04:00
Käärmelautakunta is my favorite, and it's probably a good starting point.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 20 2005 at 12:05

An amazing band, yeah... and as Trouserpress said, it could mark the future of Prog... or Avant-Prog/RIO; to be more specific

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2005 at 09:02

To elaborate on why I mentioned their name specifically, I'd put them into the category of "twisted world music". World Music as a genre is moving from strength to strength, and there are a few prog/semi-prog names floating about. I can see "world-prog" taking off in a big way in the coming years. Or at the very least, I'd like to.

Great summaries, btw, Syz.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2005 at 17:09
I have all their albums, and I can recommend every 3 of them. Excellent songwriting and playing thoroughly. But Käärmelautakunta is probably my favourite of them. Kinaporin Kalifaatti reminds me quite a lot of Tom Waits, what do you think?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2005 at 19:41

Alamaailman Vasarat is awesome.

I must thank TP for the reccomendation.

I'm diggin' it!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 21 2005 at 20:13
Don't they make the heavy guitar sound with the cello?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 22 2005 at 13:02
^ At least they did that on their live gig, which I saw some years back.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 23 2005 at 09:15

Yes, they do. They now have two cellists, who sometimes employ effects pedals to "get heavy". They use no electric guitar WHATSOEVER.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 29 2006 at 19:21
I recently ordered their debut. Can't wait to hear itCool
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 29 2006 at 19:30
Both albums are amazing.  I officially own Kaarmelautakunta and that's my favourite of the two.  Some of it is really depressing too (I love the Klezmer style).

Great stuff and thoroughly recommended.

Also take a look at their videos, they're quite humorous.
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