Exposé Online banner

Scarlet Thread — Psykedeelisiä Joutsenlauluja
((Not on label) no#, 2002, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2003-02-01

Psykedeelisiä Joutsenlauluja Cover artI know virtually nothing about Scarlet Thread other than the fact that they are Finnish and appear on the Kalevala epic collection. In spite of the first word of this album’s title, I would not describe them as being a psych band, more favoring a slightly symphonic progressive sound sometimes reminiscent of Genesis and Sinkadus, and sometimes a little like the quieter side of Ånglagärd. The all-instrumental pieces are well written and arranged, with varying sections and generally strong playing. In addition to guitar and keyboards, both violin and flute take lead roles, and there are some nice harmonic and countermelodic parts for the violin. All in all, it is quite pleasant stuff, though a few of the transitions between sections seem a little awkward, and I swear both violin and flute have some moments where intonation is problematic. In spite of the variety of instrumentation, the music is a bit thin at times, though improved production could probably fill out the sound easily. Still, much of the CD feels like backing music for some other lead voice or instrument that is missing. As a first effort, this shows much promise, and I don’t doubt Scarlet Thread can become something very interesting, especially given some good production and sensitive guidance.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 26, 2002 releases

Related artist(s): Scarlet Thread

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Steve Howe - The Haunted Melody – The Yes/Asia guitarist realizes a lifelong ambition by creating the perfect jazz setting with son, Dylan Howe on drums and Ross Stanley on Hammond B3. The arrangements across the stellar recording...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues