Chil­dren Of The Sounds

Classic Rock - - The Hard Stuff - Stephen Dal­ton

Of­ten de­scribed as Swedish cousins of Yes or Ge­n­e­sis, old-school prog vet­er­ans Kaipa have en­joyed a pro­lific sec­ond act since re-form­ing in 2002. Fea­tur­ing just one sur­vivor from their foun­da­tional seven­ties phase (gui­tarist Hans Lundin), the cur­rent con­fig­u­ra­tion rack up their eighth al­bum to­gether with Chil­dren Of The Sounds.

Partly in­spired by the wideopen land­scapes around the city of Upp­sala, these five ex­tended pieces are mostly grand prog­folk pas­torals with a smooth jazz-fu­sion sheen, their na­ture­wor­ship lyrics wo­ven with fil­i­gree threads of bag­pipe-style gui­tar, gleam­ing syn­the­siser

fan­fares and Celtic-meet­sNordic fid­dle flur­ries.

Much of this baroque retro­pa­gan whimsy in­evitably hov­ers per­ilously close to Brian Pern­level par­ody. The nine-minute grand fi­nale, What’s Be­hind

The Fields, is cer­tainly guilty of proggy bloat and late-pe­riod Floy­dian gui­tar sprawl.

Oth­er­wise, Lundin and his younger co­horts bounce along with a pleas­ingly ag­ile and melodic zest – even dur­ing the al­bum’s mam­moth, 17-minute cen­tre­piece On The Edge Of

New Hori­zons, which shades into Queen and Ra­dio­head ter­ri­tory in places.

Pa­gan prog-folk­ers thank the Wicker Man for the har­vest.

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