TOOMIO’S TOP100: 46. LIEKKI – KORPPI

Producers: Jyrki Tuovinen, Liekki
Recorded: 2003
Published: 25.4.2003
Label: Ranka Recordings

#5 in Finnish chart. 14 weeks in TOP40-list. Radio Helsinki chose it the best Finnish rock album in 2000’s.

SINGLES
– Pienokainen
– Korppi

Late summer in 2003. The last gig with my first band. During the soundcheck and between the bands, this album is playing as background music. I had never heard of it, because I listened only to the metal. For some reason, I was impressed.

Singer Jansku (, which name he longer want not to use) Kuusela is a remarkable musician. Jansku or Janne has a gift to make musical compositions, which many don’t have. Liekki’s albums are filled with songs that don’t make sense to say just about anything and still they have everything necessary. Sentence structures are strange and the same phrase can be pronounced dozens of times, even in a row.

Korppi was some kind of breakthrough. There’s absolutely amazing compositions. I can’t say is playing skilled or not, but together the band play really nice. Bass lines will be just as it should be and the organ takes it off, what is obtained.

“The whole album is easy to classify naïve. But it is a fact, in meaningless way.”

Saattaja has a really catchy vocal melody. Its falsettos will be just enough to brittle to touch deep inside. Guitar sound moves exactly the right depth, not forgetting a solid basslines at the background. En Voi Auttaa tells a story with professional organ-playing. Also drum fills creating good karma. Korppi is a good example of bands lyrical line. Every one could think what the song is supposed to tell? Someone might complain that songs not make sense, but at least this is the responsibility of the listener.

The whole album is easy to classify naïve. But it is a fact, in meaningless way. Autumn and sunny weather. At least the yellow leaves on the tree or on the ground.

THE BEST MOMENTS
Saattaja The best entity.

NOT SO BRILLIANT
Tikari Annoying harping.

Toomio’s TOP100: 85. Liekki – Rajan Piirsin Taa

Producer: Jyrki Tuovinen, Liekki
Recorded: 2004
Published: 23.2.2005
Label: Mercury / Universal

#4 in Finnish TOP40-chart

After Korppi-album this is considerably longer than its predecessor. But already familiar theme of childishness is sprinkled with the covers and lyrics. Such a child’s gullibility and sincerity is something what was once heard in Kaseva (ex-Finnsh band).

Due to the number of tracks, there’s a little disorganized remaining in the album. It contains a few real pearl, a lot of good and a couple of weaker moments. Almost piano-driven Jäljet is a gem of the minimalist music.

  “Often there’s a talk about bass-drummer-duo, but the heart of this band is bassist and a keyboard player.

The band plays so damn firmly that you cannot ignore it. Often there’s a talk about bass-drummer-duo, but the heart of this band is bassist and a keyboard player. it’s hard to say is guitarist-singer Janne Kuusela good guitarist or not. In any case, he is a good composer.

There’s more effects in guitars, which explains that they want to reach a new levels. All instruments are nicely separated from each other in the mixing. Anyway the sound is undisturbed.

Sleepy colors and the rain. Like autumn.

THE BEST MOMENTS
Jäljet The Gem of the minimalist music
Rajan Piirsin TaaSpruce forest and cold rain in October.

NOT SO BRILLIANT
Saarelaiset An useless ditty.