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Pekka Airaksinen


Progressive Electronic

4.00 | 1 ratings

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4 stars Pekka´s discography is not the easiest case. First he made quite a lot of music. Second he has released it in many versions, some of his releases have same name, but almost different contents. This compilation is the greatest example of that. Pekka released "Mangala" named CDr already in 1997. In 2015 he decided to release vinyl and CD under same name, but different cover and including only two pieces from the original "Mangala" (more in CD-version) and few pieces from "Tishya" & "Otata" CDr:s. Anyway this is review from 2015 vinyl release.

"Night Of Time" is originally released in "Tishya"-CDr. It´s very calm, quite cold sounding piece, reminding Finnish winter. Next "Mirror Of Forehead" is from the same CDr. It´s somewhere middle of the first piece and stuff Pekka made in the "Buddhas Of Golden Light"-album, although it is also really modern sounding. Last piece of the vinyl a-side is "Otata" from the same name CDr. It´s quite same sounding as previous piece, has also something hypnotic in it. Title piece of this compilation starts the b-side. It starts with funny sounds like water dropping, really remembering when listening this first time my teenager daughter asked me "Are you listening this seriously". Sounds change into this almost 16 minutes piece, but it stays little bit kittenish. "King Of Snakes" from "Mangala"-CDr is absolutely greatest and most profound piece in this album, it really got great, sad melodic synths.

This album is one of the most serene works in Pekka´s albums. Although pieces are taken from three different CDr:s, they really fit together. Some parts of the album reminds Pekka´s masterpiece Afrodinpankara. Anyway I will give this only four stars. I believe Tangerine Dream fans would like this very cosmic album.

Mortte | 4/5 |


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