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4 stars Some of the songs on this debut EP may have caused the inclusion of Nurkostam in the neo-prog subgenre to which I don't think this band really belongs.

At this point those three Finnish guys hadn't likely decided yet which kind of music make and each of them seems to be bringing his own influences to the music's sound.

What results is an "eclectic" disk with very different songs on which the principal reference seems to be King Crimson like on the starter "iscream", but I see some Canterbury, too. "Dome is probably neo-prog and on "Alone" the vocals and the melody remind me to Procol Harum. The fact is that the melodies are strong even if sometimes hidden below the dissonances added to the arrangements.

"Between" has a keyboard/organ intro that can remind to PinkFloyd, Tangerine Dream or even Steve Hillage's Arzachel. After the intro when the vocals start it's totally different. The voice in this case reminds to Robert Wyatt. The kind of music of which Rock Bottom is made. This is what I mean when I say that each of the three guys is likely bringing in his own musical tastes. The resulting mixture is very pleasant. It's a coincidence that I have listened first to "-C-" then to the debut, this EP has been a surprise. This is a great song.

The short "Madness" is quite a follow-up to the previous track but it's uptime and more rocking.

The last song "Archie" is opened by a clock, a slow guitar harping and deep bass. Dark as Radiohead can be, the first thing that I notice is the excellent production. The song itself has a dissonant melody that makes it dark, but again I think more to Robert Wyatt.

Mentioning other band doesn't mean that Nurkostam are copying. It's only a way to describe the music that I hear, better than writing down chords and signatures in my opinion. The radio speech interlude is hypnotic.

What to say more? I really liked this EP, also in the vinyl era for its length, like "-C-" it would have been considered a full album. I see that I'm the first to rate it so high, I can be wrong, but I honestly think that the fourth star is deserved.

octopus-4 | 4/5 |


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