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by Põhja Konn

There’s few live acts we’ve seen at places like Glastonbury, Green Man etc on the biggest stages, that can enchant an audience as much as Põhja Konn." (Neon Filler - Marc Argent and Mark Taylor 2018)
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1. Hetk (feat. Vox Clamantis & Estonian Cello Ensemble)
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The members of Põhja Konn are versatile and no strangers to classical, jazz, rock, funk and pop music. At the crossroads of genres, they're able to breathe life into a complete organism that is fully amphibious and can be described by keywords such as text and sound, past and present, harmony and melody, form and content. In 2016, they released their eponymous debut album „Põhja Konn“, which was nominated by the Estonian Music Awards as the Debut Album of the Year, Rock Album of the Year. Most of the lyrics on the album originate from Estonian poetry by Betti Alver, Karl Ristikivi, Jakob Liiv, Lydia Koidula and Juhan Liiv. Stylistically the band leans towards classical harmonies, profound grooves and a strong sense of formal structure. With influences from early Estonian Rock sounds of Ruja and In Spe to Genesis, Beardfish and Gentle Giant, this is a band that is well versed in old-school prog rock, and blends these colours together in a new pallet that is fresh, whilst still recognizing its roots.

Põhja Konn`s new album, „Hetk. InSpereeritud Tüürist“, to be released at the end of year 2019, is born of cooperation with the vocal ensemble Vox Clamantis and the Estonian Cello Ensemble. In the new album the band is joined by singer Mikk Dede and percussionist Lauri Metsvahi. Genka joins in as author of lyrics. In addition to the band`s own creations, the album also contains arrangements of pieces from the Erkki-Sven Tüür collective In Spe: „New and Old“, „The Sun Boat“, „Antidolorosum“, „Homeland, homeland“ and „Life will become eternity“.

The new album "Hetk. InSpereeritud Tüürist" is a musical work that steps and leaps across genres through shared feeling for life and breathing, anticipating exchanges of thought. This does not mean suffering on the cross, nor sweating through an anxiety attack, but a process which draws together a shared feeling for life – perhaps through vibrating guitar strings, movement of the cello bow, throats and lungs, hip hop, drum rolls, or the vibraphone through its resonators. Once we have heated up each other`s lives with excitement through stories and acts in some other way besides stomping on the same stage, there is no reason at all why we shouldn`t rise to the coincidences and conversations that brought us together, seizing upon this life and this moment to engage in a polylogue, using the instruments that suit each of us the best,“ according to Põhja Konn`s singer and keyboard player Valter Soosalu.

"Singing in their native tongue these songs are brimming with catchy melodies that are supported by complex and ever changing musical embellishment." (Jerry Lucky)

"But also having listened to it over a dozen times since, it did not wear out. It is not that I discovered something new upon each spin - their song structures are too clearly recognisable to bear many surprises. It was good right from the beginning and it kept being just that. It simply is straightforward progressive rock, dense and compact, varied, but not overly complex, accessible, fresh, modern sounding and mature for a first release, with excellent musicianship and production - just high spirits music." (Thomas Otten, DPRP.net)

"That I don’t understand the lyrics actually makes this release even more interesting, as it adds more than an element of mystery to this whole thing. Highly recommended." (Brad Birzer, Progarchy)

"Well this is a wonderful discovery from Estonia. This self titled debut album of a bunch of talented and skillful musicians is hopefully only the first one of many albums. The band is in the process of developing their own sound but is at the same time influenced by the music of the seventies." (Douwe Fledderus, Progvisions)



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