Exposé Online banner

Aquaplan — Old Waves, New Seas
((Not on label) AQCD07 , 2007, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2008-10-01

Old Waves, New Seas Cover artAquaplan are relative newcomers from Finland with one previous album under their belt, 2001’s Paperimeri. Their sound is like an updated version of Vermillion Sands: female lead singer coupled with generally uplifting and lightly symphonic prog with a subtle jazz streak running through the material. The defining character of the band’s sound is the dual guitars of founder Ari Sutinen and Pasi Korhonen – on electrics and acoustics respectively – with the songwriting typically centered on their playing. Singer Maarit Saarenkunnas reminds me of June Tabor at times and Clannad’s Maire Brennan at others. In fact, there are moments when Aquaplan sounds like Clannad circa Sirius or Banba, though they never dip into pop or folk (however that could be a useful future outlet for them). What this album has in spades is elegance, even on the proggier songs like “Infrequency.” The jazzy side is seen most strongly on the track “Escape” that at times has an ECM/Pat Metheney smoothness that’s never slick. Keyboard player Juha Anttila and bassist Ville Veijalainen sound like jazz players given proggy material to work with and this, plus the light guitar sound, may make this album a bit too limp-wristed for some, though for me it succeeds on the strength of the harmonic work seen on songs like “Ordinary Life” where Saarenkunnas’ vocals wrap around the arrangement like a velvet glove. As long as you can stomach a jazzier and lighter style of melodic prog then I’d strongly recommend giving this album a listen.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Aquaplan

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Peter Frohmader - 2001 – Pounding beats, throbbing bass, swirling electronics. Is this latest acid house, acid techno, electro-techno (whatever label you choose) sensation from Germany? No, surprisingly it is a foray into...  (2001) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues