HAIKARA Tuhkamaa

by Mellow Records MMP414

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In English their names would be Stork and these Finns fly as high
as one of those birds.
This quintet made some of the best and most complex music from Scandinavian countries.
"Tuhkamaa" (which appropriately seems to translate as "Ashland"
in English).
To help with this development of sound, there are some key
musical changes.
The guitar is harsher,with Frippish riffs , often in odd time signatures.
Over the top of this we often have the saxophone screeching menacingly, gone completely are the smooth jazz approaches
of "Haikara IV: Domino", replaced with aggression, and
a dark intent. 4 of the 8 tracks here are instrumentals.
The final big change is that cello has also entered the sound, replacing Jan Schaper's recorders, and played intelligently
by Hannu Kivilä.
It is used to often create a mellow or sombre tone as well as excitement, when required.
The result of this is a heavier, fuller, and more compelling album
than any Haikara has released since their excellent debut, concentrating mostly on tight, and darker pieces.
This is probably their most aggressive album to date.
The drums are often pounding, the sax is now being used powerfully. Much of Haikara's most memorable material is on this album.

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released November 11, 2001

Line-up:

Vesa Lattunen: vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards
Saara Hedlund: vocals
Hannu Kivilä: cello
Jan Schaper: vocals, sax
Tommi Mäkinen: electric bass and footsteps
Jukka Teerisaari: drums

with:
Pekka Virtanen: sitar, synth
Kuja Salmi: crescendo, cymbals

music by Vesa Lattunen
lyrics by Risto Lahtinen, Rauli Nordebergh and Apostole Paul

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