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Oddarrang: Agartha

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Agartha is the fourth studio album by Finnish quintet Oddarrang and their second for the UK label Edition Records. The band is led by eclectic musician and drummer, Olavi Louhivuori. The album's title takes its name from the legendary world that is said to reside in the Earth's core, and Miles Davis's similarly named album Agharta also derives from this mythological entity. “Altheia" starts with spacey low droning synthesizers, evoking shades of early-ish Pink Floyd but ...

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Oddarrang at Lavaclub Night in Helsinki

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Oddarrang Club Night Lavaklubi, Helsinki, Finland September 22, 2015 The name of this band itself conjures quite a mystery. Even in its Finnish homeland the word has no apparent association, except possibly the title of the local Saami or Lappish news broadcast, Oddasat! Actually an atmosphere of shamanic intensity is quite a close description of the slowly evolving ethereal webs that this five-piece weave. Led by drummer Olavi Louhivuori, sitting beaming somewhat beatifically ...

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Oddarrang: In Cinema

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The third album from this Finnish, drummer led quintet is something of a departure from its predecessors, not in its participants, its ethos nor its strong visual imagery, but in the balance between the components. With only occasional use of powerful rhythm, both earlier albums bore a sparse and principally acoustic feel on the long, even rambling, instrumental pieces. The development of guitarist Lasse Sakara's taste in electronics may help explain the current change, although the credits ...

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Oddarrang: Espoo, Finland, November 18, 2011

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Oddarrang Louhisali Espoo, Finland November 18, 2011 Finnish drummer Olavi Louhivuori and his band Oddarrang returned to the stage with the sparse chamber-style jazz from their second album in the elegant setting of Espoo's Cultural Center, just outside Helsinki. As expected from a group whose debut album was released four years previously, and with only a few gigs in the ensuing years, this performance was concentrated if not tenuous to begin with, but consolidated as ...


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