Friday, October 19, 2018

Kiki Pau "Hiisi"

Country: Finland
Genre(s): Psychedelic, Space Rock, Krautrock
Label: Beyond Beyond is Beyond - BBIBR051
Format: vinyl, digital
Release date: October 19, 2018
1. Leaves (3:22)
2. Sarkofagi (8:05)
3. Hiisi (Pt. 1) (6:48)
4. Hiisi (Pt. 2) (8:25)
5. Seeds (13:43)

Total Time 40:23

Henrik Domingo - Lead Vocals, Guitar
Pauli Saarikivi - Guitar, Backing Vocals
Olli Juvonen - Drums, Percussion, Woodwind
Aleksi Gustafsson - Bass
Janne Lastumäki - Keyboards, Synthesizer
Jussi Suonikko - Violin (5)

“Hiisi” is built from four long and winding compositions, which take their cues from folk, jazz, progressive rock, Krautrock and free improv. Opening with a lovely, lilting folk ballad, by the second song, ‘Sarkofagi’, we find Kiki Pau stretching far out into pastoral prog and serpentine space rock. The title track, presented on this LP in two parts, slow-builds into full-on polyrhythmic groovy motorik bliss, fleshed-out unhurriedly yet intensely over the two sides of vinyl. This all makes way for the final (and longest) track, ‘Seeds’, which pretty much encompasses it all; with jazzy melodies, spastic fuzzy jamming and bucolic birdsong. And then finally...leaving you back to your own breath (perhaps the true album closer) with actively-attuned awareness. No need to rush back to the stresses of the world outside the Hiisi. Bask awhile.




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