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CUCUMBER FARMER is a psychedelic/ Space Rock Finland band described as "a utopian socialist community that sees art and music both as a religion and a holy war. We are dada-priests and surrealistic revolutionaries simultaneously!"

The group adopted political motives in their music and desired to "distance themselves from the rock scene in many ways: by dressing up in work uniforms, releasing essays, declaring themselves as serious artists, playing in museums, picking up interest in cinematic montage, printing political pamphlets, making lecture tours". The aim of the band is to forget words like "good" or "bad" and to replace these with something new. According to the group "we want a listener as prone to reflection and to broadening the listening experience, as ourselves. we demand fast thrills, the superlative feedback produced by a superlative moment."

CUCUMBER FARMER, despite their humorous attitude in the content of the songs, take their music seriously stating that "music is full-on abstraction, it is multi-layered, unexplainable. It supplies the most direct route to emotion, to flesh, to experience."

Members of CUCUMBER FARMER have changed over the years from the 1997 debut "French Connection", but appeared on the "Beyond" album as Aki Ala-Kokko on guitar, vocals, Mikko Kanninem on guitar, vocals, Kari Lounela on guitar, vocals, Manu Haapalainen on bass, and Samuli Hytönen on drums. This album was followed up by the 2 CD set "Empirical Research On Western Popular Music 1993-2006 - That Was Cucumber Farmer/ Reconstructions Of Western Popular Music By Pink Twins". This set had a diverse lineup of musicians consisting of Manu Haapalainen, Nuutti Vapaavuori on Bass, Samuli Hytönen on drums, Miska Saarvanto on Electronics, Aki Ala-Kokko, Kari Lounela on Guitar, vocals, Mikko Kanninen on Guitar, Electronics, vocals, Arto Piispanen on Piano, and Ruska Schnönberg contributing some vocals.

CUCUMBER FARMER should appeal to those who enjoy Psychedelic Spacey electronic music with a satirical edge.

---AtomicCrimsonRush (Scott Tuffnell)---

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 Beyond by CUCUMBER FARMER album cover Studio Album, 2004
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Cucumber Farmer Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Matti
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2 stars Here's the first review for this Finnish Psych band that probably has ceased to exist by now. As can be read from the band bio, CUCUMBER FARMER have declared several (pseudo-serious) manifestations of their aims, such as "we are dada-priests and surrealistic revolutionaries simultaneously" and "we want a listener as prone to reflection and to broadening the listening experience, as ourselves. We demand fast thrills, the superlative feedback produced by a superlative moment." Hmm, pretty ignorable mumble-jumble. Let's concentrate on the music.

'Sabbath of Reynold' starts creepingly before the frenzy beat enters. The male vocalist keeps repeating mostly "praise the Lord" and the female singer yells at background. The atmosphere is sinister; the music, in addition of being very psychedelic, somehow reminds also of the darker realms of New Wave in the early eighties. The production is deliberately hollow-sounding. Instrumental 'Sovhoosi' is an 8-minute meditative trip - this band is clearly better without the shouty, depressed vocals - and 'Greyhound Star' is a vocal song that shifts between slow ambience and punk-like anger.

Instrumentally oriented 'Jazz-odysseia' inspired by the Homer epic hasn't much to do with jazz, but the keyboards come better into the light than on the guitar-heavy overall sound... at least occasionally. This music is starting to feel too serious and dark-minded. Despite the certain spaceyness it's tiringly thick and lacking of freshness. The brief 'Tivoli' is hilarious and crazy but not enjoyable. 'Bordeaux 1998' is the other track besides the opener featuring the nice guest vocals of Elisa Piispanen. Very lunatic, freak-out track where the vocals remind of Gong. The album closes with a tight version of PINK FLOYD's 'Interstellar Overdrive'.

Cucumber Farmer seems to have a deep respect for the original Psychedelic Rock era and they have some faint originality too, but I rather listen to the old masters themselves.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to AtomicCrimsonRush for the last updates

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