Haikara - Tuhkamaa

Year of Release: 2001
Label: Mellow Records
Catalog Number: MMP 414
Format: CD
Total Time: 37:37:00

As with bands like After Crying or Anekdoten, the cello plays a very important part in the music of the Finish band Haikara. Adding saxophone to their music as in "Valtakunta," the musical backbone gets close to that of Ensemble Nimbus. Add to that the Finish vocals and you get an original injection of folk elements as well. That same folky feeling creeps inside "Harlekiini" by means of a toy organ before the music evolves towards Isildur's Bane.

An example of how melancholic the cello can sound can be found in "Tuhkamaa," where it is accompanied by acoustic guitar, saxophone and vocals in order to fully illustrate the solitude. The originality goes one further when cello and sitar find a way to fuse into the instrumental "Hymni." With all attention beging divided between cello and saxophone I would have expected a richer diversity in sound from these six (yes SIX!) musicians. More emphasis on the keyboards would certainly be a plus and I would also like to see more playing time, because six musicians surely must be capable to compose more music than the 37' offered here!

Yuhkamaa - Intro (1:19) / Kosovo (3:00) / Valtakunta (5:21) / Harlekiini (3:23) / Klovni (5:03) / Tuhkamaa (8:38) / Hymni (6:34) / Oodi (4:04)

Vesa Lattunen - vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, keyboards
Saara Hedlund - vocals
Hannu Kivilä - cello
Jan Schaper - vocals, saxophone
Tommi M?kinen - electric bass
Jukka Teerisaari - drums

Guests :

Pekka Virtanen - sitar, synth
Kuja Salmi - crescendo, cymbals

Haikara (1972)
Geafar (1974)
Iso Lintu (1976)
Haikara IV: Domino (1998)
Tuhkamaa (2001)

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin FI

Added: September 8th 2002
Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

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