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Kauan : Aava Tuulen Maa

I've read some good reviews of the first album of this Russian band - 'Lumikuuro'; I never managed to listen to it, but from what I could understand, this was a successful and well balanced mix of Doom and Folk with quiet moments and more harsh and heavy ones. I guess if we go on from that point, there can be some surprises with the release of this new opus (the third one) of Kauan. You said heavy parts? Growls? Are we speaking of the same band? [edit by admin.: No. The band parted ways with their previous style on their second album, 'Tietäjän Laulu'. Here they exchanged most of the doom metal with post rock and a purer adherence to the Tenhi style.]

Discovering Kauan with this disc, I had no real preconceived ideas and no expectations at all. On 'Aava Tuulen Maa', the music is very quiet and calm throughout. It's a soft world full of melancholy and listlessness that the Russians are painting. Everything seems to have been softened, reduced to a serene whisper. Gentle riffing, acoustic guitar, languid violin; some thunder that rumbles in the distance, some water running and murmurs of the forest. Kauan's music encapsulates the emotions you can experience along a tranquil walk in nature by a calm afternoon. You know, like in spring, when the air is mild and the sunlight filtering through the branches reveals the pollen slowly drifting in the soft breeze...

Most often, the piano leads the songs. Together with a discreet guitar play and some evanescent keyboard parts, they compose that sort of green setting where the voice comes to rest: it's a quiet and sober singing that mates harmoniously with the instrumentation.

It's certainly not Doom. It's not dark at all either. But it's deeply melancholic like the softer Katatonia can be, like Tenhi, like Anathema with a mournful Slavic feeling on top of it. It's beautiful and soothing. Sometimes, that kind of mood is necessary. Well, it's so cinematic, that in a way, if you live in a city with no nature around but some meagre trees in some tiny parks, I'd recommend you to buy that CD. It's a deep breath of fresh air.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Ommeltu Polku
2. Valveuni
3. Föhn
4. Sokea Sisar
5. Neulana Hetkessä

1. Sutured path
2. Daydream
4. Blind sister
5. Needled in a flash

Duration : Approx. 49 minutes.

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Reviewed on 31-01-2010 by Bertrand marchal
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