"...woodwinds, hand drums, and guitar twang tracing links between pagan rituals under the midnight sun and Indian ashrams half a world away." - SPIN
"“Pines” is a feel good badass shamanistic pop prayer. It’s a gem in a sea of information and time. It pokes out through the corners of its foggy, smoky caverns and invites you in." - Sound Colour Vibration
Helsinki-based four-piece Kiki Pau began as a rather traditional guitar pop group in 2007 but changed their course radically right after the release of their second album. Giving up on the verse-chorus form and focusing on inner space/time-traveling were key elements that gave birth to Kiki Pau's new sound and third album, Pines. Heavy on extended guitar jams and effect-driven soundscapes, the album is made up of extended pieces that whisk the listener away on a lush, musical adventure.
Mixed by Gustav Ejstes (the main man of renowned Swedish psych-rock band, Dungen), Pines is a rewarding and exciting listen. It sits at the crossroads of classic jam-rock á la The Grateful Dead, late sixties psych-pop, British psychedelic folk, space rock and 70's kosmische musik.
released February 5, 2013
Kiki Pau: Henrik Domingo, Pauli Saarikivi, Olli Juvonen, Aleksi Gustafsson
Keyboards on "Pines II" by Jussi Nikkila
Recorded by Kia Sofia
Mixed by Gustav Ejstes
Mastered by Jussi Suonikko
Cover art by Esa Makitalo
Design by Esa Makitalo & Henrik Domingo
If you were in an industrial accident in the rubber bullet factory at which you are a shift supervisor, but for whatever reason that particular day you decided to use all your braided rawhide leather belts to sandwich pillows around your body instead of wearing clothes to work, and by so doing you survive the accident... this is that, but more guitar-forward. woe_bonnet