Kaarna is a new Finnish band, that is connecting in its music free improvisation and rock. The spirit is to create music, where psychedelic, jazz and rock influences couple with group improvisation of guitar, bass and drums.
some quotations from prerelease album reviews:
"KAARNA is a promising Finnish psychedelic progressive / post rock band with Mikko Nurmi's matchless talent for composition, and deep bass, Mikko Iivanainen's fuzzy and dazzling guitar, Tatu's heavily and rigidly strict drumming. This album "Spring" is their brilliant debut album and simultaneously well-completed one."
"Kaarna's debut EP was a big pleasant surprise for me! Unknown Finnish band plays music I needed some listening to catch in, and I believe every next spin will open me more nuances. Far nor very often situation nowadays.
Album's opener, "Twelve", is heavy-weight attack of distorted guitars, with some melodic tunes (even Eastern?) deeply under the skin. Psychedelic jamming, but not boring at all.
Second song, "Four", is aerial down tempo guitar and loops based dreamy instrumental piece. With cool and melancholic melody line, coming slowly from somewhere and becoming electric guitar line on the front of the second half of the compositions. Some ambient feeling and Fripp comes to mind. And the whole song becomes a "quite storm" at its end."
Mikko Iivanainen can be heard on guitar on the debut album. He is the founding member of Nordic Trinity and has also played with Free Control, Kurkirku and Johanna Iivanainen Duo. Mikko's compositions can be heard on such records as Free Control and Free Control II. He has performed and recorded with Anders Bergcrantz, Ulf Krokfors, Iro Haarla and Tom
Nekljudov. He plays in Johanna Iivanainen's self titled CD, which was nominated for the Emma Award as one of the best Finnish jazz recordings in 2004. Mikko’s talents can also be heard on Loco Motife's Penguin Beguine. Their CD received the Emma Award for the Best Finnish Jazz Recording in 2005. Mikko has performed in Marocco and in Austria with an international group called Tales.
Juha-Pekka Linna has played guitar since with the band - a deeply desired musician as well. He is known from such bands as Veljeni Valas and Kirlian Crossing, to name a few. Julius Heikkilä (Sound & Fury etc.) plays the second guitar. The other members in the band - Mikko Nurmi and Tatu Henttonen - represent new wave of upcoming Finnish musicians and they can heard in other bands such as Nousu and Puu etc.