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Scapa Flow


Prog Folk

3.61 | 17 ratings

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2 stars Something of a cross between OUGENWEIDE, NOVALIS and modern day Finnish prog like VIIMA, SCAPA FLOW, curiously named for the body of water within Scotland's Orkney Islands, released this sole album of symphonic influenced progressive folk in 1980. While it is a mature work with plenty of accomplished arrangements and appealing guest female vocals, the compositions and songs themselves do not rise to the historical prominence of the group's namesake.

The two main highlights are the opener "Salaisuuksien Satiiniverhot" which builds nicely into a full-on Camel-esque romp in the vein of "Snow Goose", and the sensuous "Tuuleen Kaiverretut Portaat" which is a more measured and reflective tune than anything else here. The flute, acoustic guitar and organ combination which promises more than it delivers, with a preponderance of vivacious but forgettable passages, banal male vocals, and pedestrian rhythms reaching low points on "Salaisuuksien Satiiniverhot" and on the dull-Tull of "Mika Aamu" in which the sax and synths intercede without personality.

Worth a listen for lovers of the midnight sun and flute-oriented prog, "Scapa Flow" isn't quite up to second rate on this specialized channel. 2.5 stars rounded down.

kenethlevine | 2/5 |


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