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3 stars Finnish project from Hämeenlinna, led since 2006 by Mist Season's drummer Kimmo Pörsti.Pörsti recruited keyboardist Timo Kajamies and guitarist Tommi Varjola from Mist Season, also guitarist Harri Göös, flute/sax player Olli Jaakkola along with guitarist Jaan Jaanson and bassist Jan-Olof Strandberg, both from Progression.With the help of singers Jari Markkula and Kristina Johnson Paidarion started recording material for a debut at the fall of 2008 and the album saw the light in 2009 on the Seacrest label under the title ''Hauras Silta''.

The style is a beautiful mix of Folk Rock and Jazz Rock with plenty of proggy touches, recalling compatriots AQUAPLAN and having a strong Scandinavian melancholy on the female-vocal tracks due to the use of Finnish language.The atmosphere is mellow and dreamy with some excellent flute melodies and soft piano lines along with series of melodic guitar solos by the three guitarists of the project.Despite its calm sound all these tracks burst out an extreme inner beauty and the voice of Kristina Johnson is a pure heaven.The male-vocal tracks are a whole different story.More up-tempo musicianship with a Jazz-Rock attitude, often supported by lots of funky elements and grooves, with good sax work and the overall approach being close to a more energetic MIST SEASON.Nice guitar solos, deep bass lines and interesting piano and synths create a generally positive atmosphere compared to the female-vocal arrangements and even a couple of them contain some lovely child choirs.

Interesting debut by Paidarion.Good mix of Scandinavian Art Rock with Folk and Jazz, especially created for fans of dreamy and intense atmospheres.Warmly recommended.

apps79 | 3/5 |


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