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Verde - Legenda [Musically Incorrect Records - 2006]

Legenda guides the intrepid listener through nine psychedelic and bizarre sound worlds, Built manly around quirky and spacey analogue synthzizer and electronics. With support from acoustic and electric guitars, drums, & jazzy elements like Fender Rhodes and saxophone.

It’s mainly the work finish electronics wizard Mika Rintala who’s worked with the likes of Circle and many other underground Finnish bands. This is a really treat of mixing freacked out prog, electronic psychedelic, jazz, improvised music and soundtrack elements. Some of tracks are purely electronic, but most have some other supporting texture if it’s only percussion. Each track has the element of surprise, they never really go were they expect as he layers in found sounds and all manner of weird  musically deviation. It does stay fairly open as a result so this has more to do with improvising, instead of set in stone song structures and melodies- never the less it doesn’t become too  improvised, by  keeping some traditional  musically building blocks.

The 11 minute Thyrathron mixes droning heavy guitar strums, sinister bass throbs, spacey synth whistles  and hums, jazzy bones sticking out here and there,  creepy toy box soundtrack like weavings in and out.  It feels like a bizarre shape shifting monster thats scary but some how comically too, making its way towards you under a strange purple dusk. Einweggleichterröhre mergers poultry and all manner of strange  sounds with  erratic almost word music off key guitar strumming, atmospheric and edgy wondering bass line and little twists and bites of synth sound. It really feels like a surreal painting giving audio form.

A few of the tracks do wonder towards improvised prog noodling, but on most occasions something ear caughting drops into the mix soon enough. Certainty a worthwild edition to fans of spacey synth/ prog oddness and of course anyone interested in the Finnish underground rich and vaired scene.To find out more & buy direct drop into here .

Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5Rating: 3 out of 5

Roger Batty
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