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Pekka Airaksinen


Progressive Electronic

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4 stars This is a vinyl-only compilation released by small Finnish underground label Harmönia. Pieces are taken from 4 Pekka's studio albums, earliest from 1975 and newest from 2003. Anyway these pieces fit really good together. Harmönia has released 41 releases, latest in 2015. It may not release anymore, because other founder Perttu Häkkinen died accidentily some years ago. Anyway Harm'nia has a club in Kuudes Aisti Festival 2012 where was their artists performing and there I also saw the only gig from Pekka.

Album starts as 'E', that is very intensive, trembling synth piece from 'Vitamins'-album. 'Simha' is also intensive, music goes somewhere between Vitamins & Buddhas Of Golden Light -albums, but was originally released in 'Sugatas'. It has twisting rhythm and marimba-sounding synths. In the end there is kind of free jazz feeling. 'B3' is again trembling synth piece from 'Vitamins', sounds like UFO landing on the earth. 'Simhagosha' is one of the greatest Pekka pieces, mystic and hypnotic piece, synth rhythm goes round the right and left loudspeaker. It was originally released in 'Pundarika II'.

'Suvarnaratnakaracchatrakuta' is again very intensive with twisting rhythm. Panu Thusberg plays guitar and A. Ben Helander plays sax in a really great way. It's originally released in 'Jewel Comet'. 'Maitreya' has really spiritual feeling, reminds lots of 'Buddhas Of Golden Light'-material, but was originally released in 'Sugatas'. 'Suvarnabhasagarba' has really great, soft bassloop and again quite twisting rhythm. Pekka improvises back of it from synth in a very great way. This last piece sounds so much 'Buddhas of Golden Light' material that it can be outtake from that album. Anyway it was released also in 'Jewel Comet', but you can find it from 'Madam I`m Adam'-compilation too.

Really would like to give this great compilation five stars, but I think it's unfair to say compilation a masterpiece (I think I would do that with Pink Floyd's seventies Best Of and Jethro's Living In the Past) so it's just four stars. This is a really great starting album to Pekka's music, it's quite versatile but still very constant. This is your album specially if you love experimental synth stuff and don't mind lack of the Pekka's guitar based compositions. Although originally vinyl-only release, this is also in Spotify.

Mortte | 4/5 |


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