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Symphonic Prog • Sweden


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The band was begun as "Ura Kaipa" in 1973 - Dissolved in 1982, reunited in 2000.

In their early years, KAIPA was one of Sweden's best Symphonic Prog bands. Roine STOLT from THE FLOWER KINGS was a member of KAIPA. Their albums contain mostly instrumental music, drawing its influences from classic progressive Rock bands (CAMEL, YES, GENESIS...), Classical music (BACH), and also Swedish Folk music.

The first three albums ("Kaipa", "Inget Nytt Under Solen" and "Solo") are beautiful and probably most representative of their style - dreamy Symphonic Rock with simple, yet very effective melodies and a great deal of emotion. "Notes From The Past" is their 6th studio album since 1975 and the first one since 1982. All colours of the unique KAIPA-music from the 70's are present but with a brand new collection of masterpieces. With the new album "Keyholder", Hans LUNDIN and Roine STOLT perform some new music, searching for a new level of progress, yet echoing fragments of the glorious 70's, trying to bring the new Kaipa-sound to a higher level. The melodies linger on and will probably stay with you for decades to entertain and to thrill. An essential band for fans of Symphonic progressive Rock!

See also: KAIPA DA CAPO

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3.90 | 204 ratings
Kaipa
1975
3.99 | 193 ratings
Inget Nytt Under Solen
1976
4.03 | 179 ratings
Solo
1978
2.42 | 63 ratings
Händer
1980
1.84 | 63 ratings
Nattdjurstid
1982
3.83 | 198 ratings
Notes From The Past
2002
3.79 | 228 ratings
Keyholder
2003
3.19 | 159 ratings
Mindrevolutions
2005
3.48 | 171 ratings
Angling Feelings
2007
3.84 | 366 ratings
In The Wake Of Evolution
2010
3.92 | 291 ratings
Vittjar
2012
3.86 | 211 ratings
Sattyg
2014
3.95 | 64 ratings
Children Of The Sounds
2017

KAIPA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

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KAIPA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.54 | 28 ratings
The Decca Years 1975-1978
2005
4.56 | 9 ratings
Discovering Kaipa
2015

KAIPA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.67 | 3 ratings
För Sent / Bay-e Bay-o
1974
3.25 | 4 ratings
Sen Repris / Visa i Sommaren
1978
3.33 | 3 ratings
Äntligen / Staden Lever
1980
3.00 | 3 ratings
Cellskräck / Bländad Ikväll
1982
3.19 | 30 ratings
Stockholm Symphonie
1993

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 Children Of The Sounds by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.95 | 64 ratings

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Children Of The Sounds
Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by The Jester

3 stars Children of the Sounds is the brand new album of the Swedish band Kaipa, which was released a few weeks ago. It is their 13th studio album, and the 8th since the band was re-formed in 2000. It comes 3 years after the release of ? the very good ? Sattyg, but I'm afraid that is a weaker album. I have the band's latest four releases in my collection, and I believe that "Children" is the weakest album of all four. The style of the album is the usual style of Kaipa, with the familiar Folk Rock influences, the beautiful guitar passages, the nice female vocals on most occasions, and the long complicated compositions. But there is something missing, and I can't realize what. Maybe the fact that many songs remind me of other songs from the band's previous albums, but this time they are not so inspired. The album includes five songs, and has a total running time of almost an hour. There are three songs more than ten minutes in length, and the remaining two songs are seven and nine minutes long. I must also mention the wonderful cover, that continues the line of the beautiful album covers of Kaipa. Speaking for myself, I listened to the album 4-5 times so far, but almost every time I stop and turn back to their previous works. That surely means something, don't you think? Favourite songs: Like a Serpentine and What's Behind the Fields. Children of the Sounds is a decent album, but I wouldn't recommend it easily to people who are not fond of the music of Kaipa. I'm afraid I cannot give more than 3.0 (out of 5.0) stars.
 Children Of The Sounds by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.95 | 64 ratings

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Children Of The Sounds
Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by proghaven

4 stars The fest continues. The genuine dawn of Kaipa, a veteran Swedish prog band, occurred in 2002, twenty years after the band went to history. What was before that? Their sickly-sweet debut in 1975, their creative peak in 1978 with Solo, their shameful decline in 1982 with Nattdjurstid - and finally, their glorious return with Notes From The Past, an album that brought notes from the future in fact. Old Kaipa was mostly Roine Stolt and Hans Lundin (as usual I speak only of those who wrote the music, not about 'guitar riffs', 'driving rhythms', 'keyboard layers' and other things of low importance). And it was musically rather pan-European than Swedish. New Kaipa is almost exclusively Hans Lundin. And musically it's completely Swedish. (I'm especially happy to underline this moment because Russian and Scandinavian traditional music exerted massive mutual influence throughout centuries.) Apart from that, as the band leader grows older, his music becomes younger. Today it's heavier, more complex, inventive and fresh than forty years ago.

Since 2002, one album followed another, all brilliant, all somewhat uniform but refined and sophisticated, all full of magnificent musical ideas. Perhaps the peak was reached with In The Wake Of Evolution and Vittjar. Sattyg was sustained overall at the same level as Vittjar, with no progress and no decline. And now, the new Kaipa album seems to show some relaxation from really dramatic tension of the previous releases. Yes it's still Kaipa at their best, yes the music is still sunny and shiny, very romantic and very progressive (sic!), but... The opening self-titled track is rather imitating complexity than really complex. As for On The Edge Of New Horizons, Like A Serpentine and What's Behind The Fields, their complexity and sophistication are not of the same nature as before.

More precisely, it's typical not for Kaipa only. The prog music of 2000s-2010s in its entirety moved in the same direction since the very beginning. I think the foundation was laid by Spock's Beard and Dream Theater in mid and late 1990s. The complexity and virtuosity of 1970s prog had a 'visceral', natural, spontaneous origin. The complexity and virtuosity of modern prog often takes its root in the musicians' craft and skill. Nowadays, prog music is ceasing to be a living being, a sort of a tree that grows by itself, and preparing to become an 'academic' (if not 'museum') area, just like so-called classical music. Soon we'll see portraits of Tony Banks, Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman, Ian Anderson, Jon Anderson etc in conservatories and music colleges, alternately with portraits of Bach, Mozart, Mussorgsky etc, and theory of 20th-21st century progressive rock will be taught at Royal Academy of Music and Moscow Conservatory on par with harmony and counterpoint.

On the one hand, this is fine. This means that prog music is ready to take the place in hierarchy of human culture it really deserves. On the other hand, this may also mean that progressive music is becoming senile and slowly moving from 'actual' to 'archived' status. So, the academic perfection of Kaipa's Children Of The Sounds, as well as some other new releases, especially from young prog bands, has a dark side. In The Court Of The Crimson King and Trespass were new springs - if not geysers - in music. Now, in late 2010s, we see widened streams but no new geyser. A crowd of honours pupils playing musical instruments better than their teachers, but no pioneer. Hailstorms of idioadaptations but no aromorphosis. And the progsters of old generation only aggravate the tendency. We've got used to bronze Beethoven - is the time really right for getting used to bronze Lundin?

 Nattdjurstid by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 1982
1.84 | 63 ratings

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Nattdjurstid
Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by Matti
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1 stars This album is so unbearable that it makes me laugh. Today I received three remaster CD's of KAIPA '78 - '82 to be reviewed. Knowing in advance this one is regarded as the worst of them, I listened to it at first, trying to be as open-minded as I could. Sure, the synth-oriented pop/rock of the early eighties can be pretty good, even if made by a former prog band. For example Duke (1980) by Genesis isn't a bad album at all, and Peter Gabriel re-invented himself and made his first masterpiece (1980). There are some elements in Nattdjurstid [= Time of Nocturnal Animals] not so far from these mentioned albums -- think of 'Man of Our Times', the worst track of Duke, or PG songs such as 'Not One of Us'. Another influence for KAIPA at this time must have been TALKING HEADS. Musically, this album does have a peculiar and relatively original nature and it would be worth multiple listens, but... the vocals are the final insult to my ears and steal the second star from my rating.

And it's the same guy, Hans Lundin, whose bright and deeply emotional vocals I appreciate a lot in the Kaipa debut (1975)! Here he's not actually singing, he is YELLING. This is why the only track I actually like is the instrumental 'Identitetskris'. Some of the songs would be interesting if only the vocals were good. They all are in a rather fast tempo and the playing often has clever angularity comparable to the 80's KING CRIMSON (yeah, I mean it).

The recent CD release by Tempus Fugit includes three bonuses, the single 'Cellskräck' / 'Bländad ikväll' plus the previously unreleased 'Armé av lust' from the album sessions, all quite similar to the album's stuff, but the less vocal-oriented 'Armé' is in fact one of the best tracks. Well, anywhere else than on a PROG site, maybe two stars would be earned...

 Sattyg by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.86 | 211 ratings

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Sattyg
Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by Booba Kastorsky

4 stars For whatever reason, the second, modern incarnation of Kaipa didn't click for me, although I like most of modern sympho-prog that comes from Sweden. So, I didn't bother checking them beyond their first "modern" album. But for whatever reason I decided to give this album a try. Either Kaipa changed, or I did (got older? :), but I liked it from the very first listening. In fact I still like it very much even after many repeated listenings. I don't know how they did it and what they changed, but each and every element of the band's music is in the right place on this album. Vocals are excellent, especially female parts, melodies and arrangements are inventive, and I especially liked guitar solos: very tasteful. Another good thing is a good production and sound. Well, this is not "a masterpiece of modern prog", and it doesn't make any breakthrough or discover new Americas. But... this is very good piece of modern sympho-prog indeed that really deserve attention.
 Sattyg by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.86 | 211 ratings

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Sattyg
Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars First of all I have to say I am glad I am back on Prog Archives. I have tried to write reviews for a long time but I haven't reached my member zone. I am back though on last year 2015 which I feel I didn't investigate enough and I'll start with the Swedish studio group "Kaipa" which made some great albums in the seventies and have done a lot of music also in modern times. I would recommend you to listen to their earlier records, in Swedish, before you listen to the new ones. Or you don't have to choose. It's a totally new band which anchor is Hans Lundin, the keyboardist of the band.

"Sattyg"(Devil's work) is Kaipa's twelfth record and "New Kaipa's" seventh. The Swedish title tricks us listeners to believe the songs are in Swedish, but unfortunately not. The cover picture is wonderful to look at and it foreshadows heavenly music. Kaipa has the conditions to sound awesome. The musicians are very talanted. Per Nilsson, the guitarist, Morgan Ågren, the drummer, and Jonas Reingold, the bassist do a fantastic job along with Hans Lundin. They play a light and melodic symphonic rock which is very pleasant to listen to. Often they have borrowed folk themes to make the music even more holy and genuine. Kaipa though has a big problem, the music is repetitive, the lyrics seem banal and I have very hard to enjoy the vocals. Despite there are big aspects of this music I have so hard to get, the brilliant musicians and the instrumental passages nevertheless make this a good record which I will give three stars. That is an improvement from "Vittjar" which I gave two. But I really claim they should sing in Swedish, it would make it much more genuine.

Of "Sattyg's" seven songs three las very long listening time. Often, also it isn't necessary. An unnecessarily long prog songs are not good for an album. The best songs in my opinion are "A sky full of painters" also a long track which I think they managed to make quite awesome and I feels whole(7/10) and "Sattyg" a short instrumental little track with wonderful instruments. Some songs work as well: "A map of you Secret world"(but absolutely too long) (6/10), "Word of the Void" which is a very pleasant song(if you din't listen to much to the vocals)(6/10) and the last song "Without time- Beyond time"(6/10). I rate two songs lower: "Unique when we fall"(4/10) and "Screwed- upness"(4/10) which was terribly repetitive.

I recommend this record because it's obvious the musicians of this band have done a good job and the music sound special but I am not sure you will like it. Three stars(2.86)

 Sattyg by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.86 | 211 ratings

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Sattyg
Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by javajeff

4 stars I really love this band. This album could easily be their best. It is such a good release that it may even be the best prog release of 2014. I know that is saying alot with all the good releases out. This band is an acquired sound partly because of Aleena Gibson's unique vocals and the folky infusion. I love her vocals and all that she adds to the group along with the folky symphonic prog undertones. If you enjoy prog this is a worthy addition to your collection. If you like Kaipa, this album is a must buy. I own many of the top releases in 2014, and I see myself listening to this one more than many others. I can gauge my preferences based on what I listen to more.
 Notes From The Past by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 2002
3.83 | 198 ratings

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Notes From The Past
Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by apps79
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3 stars In 1979 Stolt left Kaipa due to musical differences with the rest of the band.Which were these differences remained to be seen in the next album ''Haender'' (1980 with Max Ahman on guitar) and later on ''Nattdjurstid'' (1982, with Pelle Anderson on drums in the place of Ingemar Bergman), Kaipa now played an uninteresting blend of Pop and Rock.The band then was put on ice with Hans Lundin releasing some solo albums in the 80's, while Roine Stolt revamped his career in the 90's as a solo artist and founder of The Flower Kings.In 2000 Lundin and Stolt decided to recollect the ashes of Kaipa and reformed the band with Ritual's Patrik Lundström on vocals, The Flower Kings' bassist Jonas Reingold and drummer Morgan Agren.With the help of female singer Aleena and with each member recording its parts individually ''Notes from the past'' was a triumphant 2002 comeback for the Swedish legends on InsideOut.

With a strong return to their progressive roots and soundwise revisiting the echoes they established themselves back in the second half of the 70's, Kaipa proposed an elaborate Symphonic Rock with long tracks, interesting melodies, flawless instrumental executions and melodramatic, sentimental lyrics, which should have been a pure pleasure back in the day.With Lundin dusting out his Mellotron and Hammond organ and adding the synthesizer in his armour and Stolt already in full shape due to his stint with THE FLOWER KINGS, the album is a trully enjoyable listening of retro-styled Prog Rock, featuring mellow Mellotron waves and more dominant organ passages, surrounded by a talented Stolt and his always emotional guitar playing.Of course some of these stylings were already borrowed by Stolt some years back, when he was musically reborn through THE FLOWER KINGS and Kaipa now sound a bit similar to the new legends of Prog Rock.Lundstrom's vocals are not bad at all, they are just too sweet for surrounding Kaipa's epic music style and lush, symphonic orchestrations, but the combination of his voice with the impressive musicianship, the symphonic underlines and the sometimes complex time signatures works well for most of the time.The production is superb, nothing with the old dusty sound of the 70's, and a correct step for the band, which tried to succesfully blend the old and modern days of Prog Rock.Some of the melodies are simply stunning and the arrangements are mostly great, retaining some colors from Swedish Folklore in the electric tunes.

The first of a mass of second-era Kaipa albums.Nice Symphonic Rock with old-school vibes, plenty of Mellotron and organ and some grandiose yet melodious musicianship.Strongly recommended...3.5 stars.

 Sattyg by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.86 | 211 ratings

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Sattyg
Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by Andis

4 stars It takes me about one minut into the first song before I realise this is going to be a great album. Kaipa keeps making great progressive rock, with a sound based in the 70s but with all the modern hallmarks. The music is in the same vein as previous Kaipa albums with lots of folk music, some small jazzy parts but mostly with melodic progressive rock. If you have bought a Kaipa album for the last ten years you know what you're in for. The musicians involved are nothing but excellent, Hans Lundin is a great keyboardplayer but also the contributions from Per Nilsson (guitars), Morgan Ågren (drums) and Jonas Reingold (bass) are of high quality.

Both of the two singers keep delivering, I specially like Alleena Gibsons voice, she can give a song that special extra that lifts it from good to great.

I find the album to be very guitaroriented, not heavy, but the melodic leads are mostly played with the guitar leading the song. Hans Lundins keyboards aren't as prolific on this album, but I do suspect he's using keyboard sounds that are close to the guitar sound or violin, sometimes it's hard to hear. I would have wished for a bit more keyboardoriented album.

If I were to critizise something it would be that some songs can seem to be a bit long, some would have benefited from being shortened a minute or two. I am sure the idea were not to make them longer just for the sake of it but a bit more fokus would have given a better result. Also, the cover art looks almost like the two albums before. Minor critizism.

Not as strong as Kaipas best (IMHO) album "In the wake of evolution" from 2010 but still really good. Very recommended!

 Inget Nytt Under Solen by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 1976
3.99 | 193 ratings

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Inget Nytt Under Solen
Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by FragileKings
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4 stars Always on the lookout for more classic seventies prog, I was very interested in hearing what Kaipa sounded like. Their CDs, however, were not cheap, and so I chose this one only because it was the least expensive and easiest to order.

This album reminds me of some other prog albums of a few years earlier where a band would write a side-long song and use up much of their good ideas on this one track and then fill up the other side with shorter songs of varying interest. "Meddle", "Tarkus" and a couple of others that come to mind are all subject to praise for the epic number and criticism for the mixed bag of tricks on the other side.

The side-long epic track here, "Skenet Bedrar", goes through a few phases and changes and at times the band really cruises in the progressive "rock" field. When they are in full swing, I can't help but feel that they are simultaneously an excellent Swedish version of Yes and a long lost older incarnation of the Flower Kings (a young Roine Stolt contributed to the composing and plays guitar). The lyrics are all in Swedish with Ingemar Bergman and Hans Lundin providing the vocals. I don't know which one sings what, but the first vocalist sings in a register similar to that of Jon Anderson but seems to require more force to get the sounds out. The second vocalist sings a little lower but almost seems to shout his head off and on occasion he strays from the note. Though this adds a rock feeling of energy and power, I also feel it shows that he hasn't yet developed his talent as a singer. Vocals aside, most of the music is composed and performed as good as any classic Yes material. For my taste, there are still a couple of parts in the song that I don't really enjoy and I cannot say this song is worthy of ranking next to classics like "Close to the Edge" and "The Revealing Science of God". I bought this album a year ago and didn't listen to it much then; however, it recently has attracted my attention and I've been listening to this side-long track a few times more as well as the rest of the album.

Side two is composed of shorter pieces including two instrumentals, one of which, "Korstag", is rather good and the very short "Stengrodornas Parad" being slightly comical and sounding like one of those short compositions that fill the gaps between the good music of a Flower Kings album. In a way it sounds like an idea that was either shortened due to time constraints on the album or the idea didn't go or fit in anywhere. A third track, "Omson Sken" begins which a short lyric and then changes into an instrumental passage that sounds like the music in a voice-less Scandinavian children's animation. In an interview with the lead member (I've forgotten who that is) I read that Swedish folk songs were an influence in their compositions, so that might explain this part of the song. The title track is perhaps the best of the vocal tracks on side two, sounding like a more traditional song in structure and having more of the Yes style of music, even including a good chunky bass sound.

The reissue I bought is like a mini-record album that opens up with all the original text (in Swedish) and photos. A second bonus disc includes a re-mix of some of the tracks sung in English and some live performances of songs from this album and others. I thought I might like the English versions a little better but actually I don't. The original Swedish recordings have a better bass sound and the style of the vocals sound really different as the singers adjusted their approach to suit the language and audience. The live tracks are interesting for the music but the sound quality is not top notch and I find it a bit of a chore to get through listening to all the live songs.

I've had this CD for a year as I said and though I like it enough to consider buying at least one more 70's Kaipa album, the high price of imports and the songs and music that I didn't warm to have kept me from making that follow-up purchase. For prog effort I would give this four stars but for my own personal taste I give it three.

 Vittjar by KAIPA album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.92 | 291 ratings

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Vittjar
Kaipa Symphonic Prog

Review by FemmeMetalWebzine

5 stars The Swedish folk/progressive rock has been with us since 1975. Actually Kaipa is a band with a pretty eclectic pallet and is hard to pin down to one category, although their progressive-ness is undeniable, there is also something very retro about Kaipa and their new album "Vittjar", it certainly has a 70's feel to it, but updated for 2012 of course.

"Vittjar" is Kaipa's 12th album and features 8-songs and well over an hour's worth of music. For the most part the songs are long progressive numbers with a few exceptions. The opening 3-minute instrumental "First Distraction" gives way to the 12-minute "Lightblue and Green". This is a pretty cool song that has a bit of a Queen feel to it and vocalist Patrik Lundstrom reminds me a bit of Freddy Mercury at times. There is a lot going on in this song, and even though it is rather lengthy, it doesn't seem like it is long at all. Up next is the epic of all epics, at 22-minutes long "Our Silent Ballroom Band" is by far the longest song on the album. "Our Ballroom Band" opens acoustically and accompanied by a flute as the sweet vocals of Aleena Gibson join in. Vocalist Patrik Lundstrom then comes in and pretty much takes over the song for awhile before Aleena returns and the two pretty much trade off vocals throughout much of this mammoth song. Some other highlights include "Vittjar" "A Universe of Tinyness" and "Treasure-House" which features Queen like vocal harmonies and turns into one of the best songs on "Vittjar".

With "Vittjar", Kaipa continues to think outside the prog box. It is unbelievable that all of these years later Kaipa has remained relevant (if not more so) in the progressive rock genre ? "Vittjar" is confirmation of that fact.

Review by Tony Cannella

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