Exposé Online banner

In Spe — Typewriter Concerto
(Musea FGBG 4118.AR, 1994/1985, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-07-01

Typewriter Concerto Cover art

This is the second album by this outstanding Estonian ensemble, probably better known as The Girl on the Beach (based on the photo on the front cover, all information on the original LP was in Cyrillic). Musea gave it an English title, removed a track from the original, added another, and voila – it's now a CD. A most welcome reissue, as the original vinyl was a miserably noisy pressing. Led by composer/keyboardist Alo Mattiisen, the band had grown to nine members for this release: two keyboards, guitar, bass, drums, flute, vibes, xylophone, and... typewriter. The eighteen minute four-part suite that opens the disc is a brilliant and powerful symphonic piece, lushly orchestrated with plenty of dynamic changes, a strong rock presence, classical and jazz influences, some gripping guitar solos, and the likely influence of Zappa. The driving idea is a playful fantasia which is set up between the 'serious' instruments and the seemingly comical xylophone, vibes, flute, and typewriter. The rest of the disc comprises three shorter pieces taken from the second side of the original LP, plus an eleven-minute bonus track "Departure" which was recorded during the same sessions. These are all excellent instrumental pieces, ranging from ethereal "Feeling of Eternity" to the more upbeat "Rondo of the Broken Arm," recalling some of the spirit of side one. The original album closer beautiful "Vallis Mariae" recalls some of the melodic adventures of Pekka Pohjola. In all, this is a very special album I can heartily recommend to everyone.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 7, 1985 releases, 1994 recordings

Related artist(s): In Spe, Alo Mattiisen

Latest news

2018-02-18
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

2018-02-15
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

2018-02-14
Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

2018-01-30
Bill Bruford Ventures into Uncharted Territory – Drum master Bill Bruford, veteran of some of the most creative bands in history (King Crimson, Yes, Genese, etc.), is sharing some of what he's learned about being a drummer and a musician in his new book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer, out on University of Michigan Press. » Read more

2018-01-18
Christian Burchard RIP – Multi-instrumentalist Christian Burchard, who founded the seminal band Embryo in 1969, has died at the age of 71. His January 17 passing was announced on the band's Facebook page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

David Cross - Testing to Destruction – Cross was, of course, the longtime violinist with King Crimson Mk2; I mention this first because Testing for Destruction bears more in common with that edition of KC than probably either of his two...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues