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Kurki

Crossover Prog


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3.83 | 24 ratings | 5 reviews | 21% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Kaukaisen maan laulut (5:33)
2. Pilvilaivat (9:21)
3. Akasha (7:48)
4. Koti (6:15)
5. Perhosen siiven kuvioissa (5:46)

Line-up / Musicians

Kaiti Kink / vocals
Jussi Heino / keyboards, guitar
Juho Järvensivu / guitar
Lauri Heikkilä / bass
Pasi Piitulainen / drums

Releases information

available on 12" vinyl or mp3 download only
record label is Olo Levyt (OLOLP-001)

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KURKI Kurki ratings distribution


3.83
(24 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(21%)
21%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
42%
Good, but non-essential (21%)
21%
Collectors/fans only (8%)
8%
Poor. Only for completionists (8%)
8%

KURKI Kurki reviews


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Review by Prog-jester
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars As it frequently happens these days, young bands amaze me more than veterans, nevermind the genre. Finnish 'cranes', KURKI, lead by a gorgeous girl (yep, female vocals!), is a kind of such band too. I don't even know their names (and the exact number of musicians, too!), but all I know is that they're wonderful. Imagine a mix of late ANEKDOTEN, early LANDBERK, folksy ESPERS and post-trip- hoppy PAATOS, and you'll get the idea of KURKI's manner of playing music. As usual, there's more than this; lush arrangements, gentle melodies, top-notch musicianship, and the result is 35 minutes of a pure bliss! Besides, if you're lucky to get the vinyl version (there are no CDs, only vynil and digital download versions of KURKI's debut album), spot the artwork, it's nothing but brilliant! I'm happy to notice such good debuts this year from EQUUS, DAY WITHOUT DAWN (already defunct, ha-ha) and now KURKI, astonishing Finnish melancholic Modern Prog! 4,5 stars! Extremely recommended!!!
Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Errors and Omissions Team
4 stars As soon as I overcame one personal problem (kurki means plural form of "edge of sliced bread, this darker and more thick part", which is quite laughable) and shook off happy mood, I was prepared to enter these dark Finnish waters (I wonder, is there something optimistic from this country ? Perfect music, indeed, but is there something happy, warm and pleasing ?).

This is probably Heavy Prog. Maybe blend of more types, but what's important, manages to bring mystery, energy-like style into my mind. Woman vocals are almost hypnotic, these are psychedelic traits. With ambient passages, or more like these "calm-to-maximum-extent" parts, where you can almost hear wind blowing, slow saxophone playing (Pilviaivat)

Oh, these names are quite hard to spell, or write, but Finnish language is pleasant to hear. I know this for some time because of other F. bands, but this is perhaps first modern bands from this country I'm listening, so I'm pleased. Of course, every female vocals in prog can please a soul of man, as they are rare here (as much as probably in every genre, except pop). I can guess that these songs, feeling I have about this album is, well, ambiguous, divided. I like it, but at the same moment I don't exactly know what I like (just non-certain bits), leaving me little bit unsatisfied. But (now comes this weird point) also satisfied, as I said, more meaning of this music, a lot of feeling you are put through at the same moment.

And that's good thing, so 4(+) with leaning towards five star.

Review by Matti
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars It's six years since the release of this Finnish debut album - and that was that? Please, c'mon, there are already too many good prog bands with only one Long-Player! LP literally in this case; Kurki came out as a vinyl (containg a download code) but not on CD. By the way, KURKI is not a plural form of crane but a single form. The album - only about 35 minutes in total - consists of five tracks all sung in Finnish by a beautiful female voice.

The opening track (= Songs of distant Eartth; I see no connection to A. C. Clarke's SF novel of the same name) has the fastest tempo and it approaches the trippy Space Rock of e.g. HIDRIA SPACEFOLK, only with vocals. The 9½-minute 'Pilvilaivat' (= Cloud ships) has a melancholic, dreamy song in its core, which is at least for me the most memorable highlight. Kaiti Kink's vocals remind me of Jenni Vartiainen, one of Finland's best-selling female pop artists recently. And this is not a negative remark. In fact Kaiti is even better singer than Jenni who has turned her sigh-loaded mannerism into a trade mark. Anyway, this song is a wonderful fusion of accessible pop balladry and extended prog composing. The lovely, hazy sound has softly sparkling guitars, but it's really the vocals that crown this beauty. Also the esoteric, solace-seeking lyrics are fine, they would stand on their own as poetry.

The second side starts with 'Akasha', no idea what it is. The whole album's lyrics are indeed esoteric, and metaphoric. "Distant echoes, fragile images", and: "The spirit blows wherever it wants / the night can remove the barriers of time". Musically this track of just under 8 minutes shares some of the haziness of 'Pilvilaivat' but with darker edge. 'Koti' (= Home) continues in that melancholic and rather slow & dreamy direction, but in the halfway comes a heavier section à la PORCUPINE TREE. The powerful lyrics deal with domestic violence.

The last title means "In the patterns of butterfly wings". More or less similar mix of hazy and harder elements in a melancholic mood. Some Swedish bands such as PAATOS may come to mind. Perhaps this album remains too short and single-minded, that is, a wider variety in structures and moods would have done good. But it is full of emotionally strong beauty that could be enjoyed by many more listeners, also by those who don't care about the prog labeling. It's truly sad if this relatively hard-to-find band has been discovered by a small bunch of prog enthusiasts only, and if these gifted musicians haven't continued music-making in some form.

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars I'm a little shocked this one got past me for so long. KURKI(Crane) is a band out of Finland with a female vocalist who really impressed me even bringing Anneke to mind at times. Man I wish Reine Fiske would track this girl down and make some music with here. I mention Reine because there is a PAATOS vibe here along with ANEKDOTEN's more mellow moments, even LANDBERK, so yes these Finns do Swedish melancholic music really well(haha).

"Kaukaisen Marn Laulht" is the one song that is not like the others. This is uptempo and fairly straight forward almost like it might have been a hit in this band's eyes. And my least favourite by far. This one caught me by surprise after reading how melancholic and atmospheric this album is. It's almost like Space Rock to be honest as we get this catchy beat with lots of spacey sounds and vocals. A calm after 2 minutes but it kicks back in after 2 1/2 minutes. I like the ending best from before 4 minutes to the end as it's energetic with guitar out front as some vocal melodies arrive late.

"Pilvilaivat" and the next three songs are all so good. Sparse keys to start as a relaxed full sound joins in quickly of a beat, bass and guitar. Reserved vocals too and what a great chill out tune this is. We get a calm before 4 minutes as the vocals step aside. It then starts to pick up with sax over top. Vocals are back after 5 minutes as it stays more uptempo. An instrumental section begins around 6 1/2 minutes with guitar leading the way. Nice. It's surprisingly powerful until we get that trippy sound again with vocals before 8 minutes.

"Akasha" reminds me of the more mellow moments of THE GATHERING. Atmosphere builds before the drums join in then guitar followed by vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. It turns somewhat powerful with vocals 3 minutes in. Love that guitar as the vocals stop until around the 4 minute mark when they return. There's that amazing guitar again after 6 minutes. It steps aside 7 minutes in as the bass, drums and atmosphere take us to the end.

"Koti" is another laid back and trippy song with relaxed vocals. Oh man check out the mellotron-like sounds before 2 minutes reminding me big time of OPETH's "Damnation". She stops singing for this section but she's back quickly. It turns more powerful and the tempo picks up before 3 minutes, more passionate vocals as well. It climaxes before 4 1/2 minutes then a calm follows with a beat, atmosphere and guitar expressions. Nice. The vocals are back around 5 minutes. It's spacey and experimental sounding late to end it.

"Perhosen Siiven Kuvioissa" opens with picked guitar, a beat, atmosphere and mellotron-like sounds. Vocals join in quickly and we will get contrasts between the vocal sections and instrumental passages. Some vocal melodies later as the sound becomes more powerful after 4 minutes. Some nice guitar a minute later.

I so want to rate this higher than 4 stars I'm just so into their sound, but 4 stars is the right rating for me.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Strange thing is how fast the music flows - the track lengths feel like they're half of the real length, though there isn't even notably very different phases. Kaukaisen maan laulut (1.) is much like Hidria Spacefolk, combined with somehow ethereal female vocals and some Kingston-Wall-like ins ... (read more)

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