Finnish psych rockers at their most minimalist, Jarse are perfectionists, having only just finished the forever prepped-for-release 'Det går runt igen'. The record features a lot of the psychedelic good stuff, including ridiculously long solos (one that goes for five minutes), which Fonal Records are proudly championing as the longest on any of their releases. The LP and CDs come with lots of pins for you to push into things.
Tracks:Det går runt igen Kuulen jo kellot Korpikuusen Kultainen Portti DD
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All the way from Finland comes this debut album, five years in the making, from Jarse, a "minimal psych" trio of multi-instrumentalists (not a solo artist with the first name Hugh, as I had hoped), who putter wonkily through four lengthy tracks of clockwork-sounding rhythms, twittering electronics and steady, repetitive melodies with an obsessive precision and an intimidating equipment list.
The title track which opens the album begins by establishing a gradually-layered backdrop of electronic and guitar loops, which builds into some elaborate eastern twiddling not unlike Hayvanlar Alemi before receding into strange backwards drones, while 'Kuulen Jo Kellot' which follows it has mystically chanted vocals, tribal-sounding drums and wandering organ drones that suddenly give way to a strange repeated staccato pattern with some military snare work and cycling melodic pulses, soon joined by woodwind trills and gravelly guitar and flickering computer.
There's a whole other side on the other side that goes along similar lines - precise, restrained, repetitive prog, essentially. But those aren't usually adjectives you'd associate with prog so it really is a refreshingly unusual listen. An interesting and enjoyable record, and clearly a labour of love.
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