Exposé Online banner

Wrupk Urei — Kõik Saab Korda
(AltrOck Productions ALT-040, 2012/2014, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2014-06-28

Kõik Saab Korda Cover artWith sure-footed mastery, this Estonian seven-piece instrumental ensemble navigates through treacherous waters of rock, jazz, funk, art-punk, psychedelic, and all combinations thereof with finesse and impeccable brilliance. There’s a lot going on within these eleven tracks that cut across numerous genres while remaining thoroughly challenging and yet surprisingly listenable. No two songs here sound like they are cut from the same cloth, yet as a diverse collection of instrumental ideas the concept works and keeps bringing one back for repeated listens. In addition to guitar, bass, keyboards and drums, the lineup is rounded out with trumpet, trombone and baritone sax, offering a rich and diverse palette from which the band can launch into just about any exotic idea of their choosing. At various points along this wild ride, one might hear stylistic echoes of Zappa, Canterbury bands, Allman Brothers / Sea Level, Jaga Jazzist, various pan-European psychedelic folk and rock elements, some highly charged fusion and artsy jam styles, and even some classic Pink Floyd influences. Every player gets many chances to shine brightly throughout, but by all evidence these are tightly composed works, not improvisations. Kõik Saab Korda is Wrupk Urei’s debut, originally a download-only release from 2012; AltrOck has picked it up for wider distribution on CD in 2014. Meanwhile the band has already released a second album Teahupoo from 2013, that hopefully we will be covering here soon. One can’t go wrong with this one, however; every cut just sparkles with brilliance.

Filed under: New releases, 2014 releases, 2012 recordings

Related artist(s): Wrupk Urei

Latest news

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

French TV - Virtue in Futility – Louisville is as unlikely a place for progressive rock as any, yet that's where bassist Mike Sary's French TV hail from. Its been ten years since their debut album, yet Virtue in Futility (an apt...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues