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PUNAISEN KUNINGATTAREN PERIAATE

Crossover Prog • Finland


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PUNAISEN KUNINGATTAREN PERIAATE (founded in 2002) is an autonomous rock band from Finland. PKP released their self-titled debut album in 2012 with Veera PYYKKÖNEN on vocals. For their second album ?Kaksi Suntaa? (2015), with the new female vocalist Mokka LAITINEN on board, the band was signed by Svart Records. PKP?s sound is diverse. There?s progressive rock with a jazzy feel and influences from old British and Finnish progressive rock that are brought up to date with a contemporary feel. From 60?s pop psychedelia to 80?s and 90?s American Alternative Rock, PKP?s music is rich with subtle flavors.

The songs are sung in rich, poetic Finnish. Lead singer Mokka LAITENEN?s voice is edgy and unique. The lyrics tell tales of the subconscious, as well as the troubles of this worlds misfits. PKP use a wide range of instruments on record and playing live. The use of theremin, a wide range of percussion, samplers and synthesizers are an organic part of the band's sound.

The name PUNAISEN KUNINGATTAREN PERIAATE (The Red Queen Principle) originates from Lewis Carrol's novel Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There. In the novel, the Red Queen says to Alice: Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!. In the world of Alice reality's laws no longer apply. It is full of exciting twists and unreal events. The same goes for PUNAISEN KUNINGATTAREN PERIAATE?s music.

::Matti::

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2.23 | 3 ratings
Punaisen Kuningattaren Periaate
2012
3.96 | 6 ratings
Kaksi Suuntaa
2015

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 Kaksi Suuntaa by PUNAISEN KUNINGATTAREN PERIAATE album cover Studio Album, 2015
3.96 | 6 ratings

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Kaksi Suuntaa
Punaisen Kuningattaren Periaate Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Yesterday I was rather negative about the debut album of this Finnish band (suggested into the database by myself), so I don't want to delay this one with much more positive feelings. In three years time the band has matured crucially, but probably the most important thing is the change of the vocalist. In the end Veera P. perhaps isn't radically worse than an average young female singer in the more commercial wing of the Finnish pop scene, IMHO she just didn't quite fit into the music of PKP. Mokka Laitinen is a wonderful discovery for the band. Not only she's a talented vocalist with the skill to follow the music into psychedelically & surreally flavoured depths (which, I believe, rather thin-voiced Veera would have lacked completely), she also has a distinctive, dark-toned, "smoky" colour in her voice that charms in its own right plus fits perfectly to the band's overall sound.

The steep difference between the vocalists makes it somewhat difficult to estimate how notably the musical style has really changed. No, I am willing to believe that in 2012 PKP was anxiously searching for its style and the result turned out to sound, more than anything else, painfully restless. The sax was too busy thickening the crowded sound and the wrong singer emphasized the sense of noisy pop. And anyway, why on earth would any rock band need nine members? Well, there are eight of them here, but the production is way better this time, there's no feeling of an overcrowded arrangement. The reeds and accordion are being dosed reasonably, and vibraphone (not too often heard in rock) is never a bad thing.

When there's a certain softer and hazier side to the sound, also the intense moments work more effectively. The individual songs feel very dynamic. My least fave track is 'Musta koira' (= Black dog) featuring a chorus too heavy for my taste. Couple of distorted vocal lines in the title track are slightly hideous but justified in the anguished narrative context. Songs like 'Elisabeth' and 'Punainen lanka' go under one's skin.

The album's atmosphere is mostly melancholic and slightly sort of psychedelic as in bands like PAATOS and PORCUPINE TREE. The cover drawing is perhaps a bit too naive, as if from a children's book (except for the skeleton of course), to accompany the music perfectly, but then again it underlines the unpredictable, dream-like world hidden in songs. The band's name meaning The Red Queen Principle is taken from the surreal fairytale world of Lewis Carroll. Maybe the language barrier loses a big part of PKP's appeal for non-Finnsh listeners, but I sincerely hope this band will continue making their unique slice of today's progressive/art rock.

 Punaisen Kuningattaren Periaate by PUNAISEN KUNINGATTAREN PERIAATE album cover Studio Album, 2012
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Punaisen Kuningattaren Periaate Crossover Prog

Review by Matti
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2 stars This recently added band comes from the Northern Finnish town of Oulu. The eponymous debut features nine members (plus four guests) whose instruments are not named. I tried to list some of them on ground of their second album with a slightly altered line-up. Anyway, the sound is broad and thick with e.g. saxophone and vibes among the ordinary rock instrumentation. The female vocalist Veera Pyykkönen is not as good as Mokka Laitinen on the second album; Veera has a thinner, girlish, a bit unmature voice and associates more with commercial pop.

The cover of this album is, well, not very encouraging, and frankly pretty unsuitable to the music. Looks like some obscure group of countryside amateurs making ethnic music with a humorous, theatrical attitude. On the back cover there's a smoking chap leaning on a balcony, eyes closed from the sunlight, and a town view behind him.

'Röyttä' -- whatever the word means -- starts softly with vibes but when the vocals appear there's an edginess I don't like. 'Maa ilman lapsia' is also rather restless with a hectic rhythm and wailing saxophones and synths on top of it. This is like a bad version of ULTRA BRA (which I liked as a band), with bad songwriting and a noisy, sax-heavy arrangement. 'Majakan vartija' (= Lighthouse guard) is better: still very much in a pop mould, it at least features a nice piano pattern and some trumpet. The final song on the first side has its finer, more delicate moments. When the basic songwriting is concerned, this music has quite a little to do with prog. The prog aspect comes mostly from the diverse instrumentation.

'Talvikaupunki' (= Winter town) starting the B side seems to continue in the same restless direction, perhaps with some extra twists and complexity in details, but personally I'm starting to get tired of the thick sound. 'Syyllisyys' (= Guilt) finally brings some sense of progressive depth when Veera is silent for change, but the last part of the song featuring accordion returns to the more-of-the-same feeling.

The 10½ -minute 'Oulu' is therefor easily the album's highlight. As a prog song it could be compared to some lengthy CMX tracks, except for the saxophone. Even a VDGG association is justified. All in all, I'm afraid I have to give a two-star rating to this debut. Not because it would lack substance and musical competence, but because a) I personally don't enjoy it that much, and b) the taste of the music is clearly closer to [admittedly ambitious] pop than prog per se. The second album "Kaksi suuntaa" (2015) is MUCH better, I can tell you.

Thanks to evolver for the artist addition.

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