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Ajatuksia Maailman Laidalta

by Viima

Finnish symphonic folk-prog
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Leijonan Syksy
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2. Ajatuksia Maailman Laidalta
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3. Ilmalaiva Italia
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4. Meri
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5. Luuttomat
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6. Johdatus
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
The Finnish prog band Viima started in 1999 under the name Lost Spectacles. The band recorded one track “Tuulee Niin” that was included in “Tuonen Tytar”, a tribute to Finnish prog music released in Mellow Records label.
Viima at the time of recording “Ajatuksia mailman laidalta” consists of female vocalist Päivi Kylmänen, keyboardist Kimmo Lähteenmäki (who also played drums in the sessions), guitarist/flautist Mikko Uusi-Oukari and bass player Jarmo Kataja.

The overall feel of the album tends towards a more folkish impression, particularly on opener Leijonan Syksy which has a light and breezy air that is all rather jolly. A couple of tidy and tuneful guitar solos are dispersed throughout the track with a dash of flute added to mix up the tonal qualities. Ajatuksia Maailman Laidalta is more piano based, unsurprising given that it was written by the keyboard player. Comparisons with early Renaissance are fairly apt and fans of that band and their ilk will find plenty to enjoy within these six songs. Ilmalaiva Italia starts as a gentle ballad with acoustic guitars supporting the vocals and keyboards providing atmospheric wind effects. However, once lulled into an easy state a duo of powerful electric guitars and then a heavy synth solo rip the song apart. The contrast is sharp and unexpected, as is the reversion back to acoustic form at the end of the song.
And so the album continues, interspersing acoustic folkish textures with more rakish electric components. Meri impinges close on Camel territory with its extended organ solo and vaguely Latimerish guitar solo separated by some Ian Anderson flutisms; Luuttomat, featuring guests flautist Anna Leinonen and also saxophonist Kimmo Alho, has a simple and rather gorgeous introduction leading into a more angular saxophone part which, initially seems rather out of place as it introduces a totally new atmosphere to the album. The cycle is repeated with some nice acoustic guitar work layering in some Robert Fripp-like angularity. Final song Johdatus wraps everything up in a concluding statement that reiterates the themes and styles displayed throughout the previous five songs - unerringly jolly and totally engaging, rather like The October Project in a few places. What impresses most about the album is the maturity of the writing and playing, which is very assured and confident throughout.

Most of the text reproduced from the DPRP review written by Mark Hughes

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Tyrone Hernandez

Not boring. I think they will become famous!
This is the first band I've heard in a long time that sounds interesting and they can write well. (Not only the first band, but the first anything in a long time)

It is not just that they have good instrumentation, but they have beautiful vocals, and intelligent songwriting.

I wish them lots of an lots of luck.
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Todd

I heard that the band is going to have a male vocalist and new album
I can't wait to hear them as they progress.
Very interesting band, and intelligent folks behind all of it.
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John

sounds like real music and real professionals
too bad this kind of real music isn't being promoted, it sounds more like real music to my ears.
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Vincent De Witt

This is very nice. Lots of luck.and success, I wish you well
I love the melodic lines and clever instrumentation.
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Vincent De Witt

This is very nice. Lots of luck.and success, I wish you well
I love the melodic lines and clever instrumentation.
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Gregory Peurot

Real music, not for the masses that think noise is nice
I like this music. It is not noise. Not mindless stupidity like most of the music that seems to be most popular.
I like this music because it is for people who know what good music is.
It is tasteful, and the talent is obviously there. no noise, hype or stupid noises.
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Larry Marley

Wonderful musicality
I wish the radio sounded like this now.
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mariesa-lize etienne

finland has a some superior acts..this is really good
I really think that finland seems to have some very good music compared to some others countries. I am from the usa...their culture must be in a pretty state...

I like this music...thankyou.
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mariesa-lize etienne usa

they have alot of potential
This band has some raw talent. I like this band. alot.
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Olga

Pretty.
Very pretty music.
Thank you much.
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