Porcelain Moon - ...As it Were. Here and There. 2009 Finland

Porcelain Moon - ...As it Were. Here and There. 2009 private (CD)

CD reissue: 2011 Musea (France)

Debut album from very promising new band from Finland. Porcelain Moon are midway between the classic post-Jefferson Airplane European female vocal lead progressive rock groups of the early 1970s (Sandrose, Julian's Treatment, Circus 2000, Goliath, etc...) and the modern airy symphonic folk groups like Magenta, Iona, Mostly Autumn, etc... What I like most from Porcelain Moon is the analog instrumentation and psychedelic predilection (organ, Moog, fuzz, and wah-wah guitars) - and it's clear to me early Pink Floyd is an influence too. Personally I'd like to see the band focus entirely on this latter aspect, as there has never really been a specific retro movement on what was once a thriving scene throughout Europe as noted by my Post psychedelic, proto progressive with female vocals list. The final two tracks are the winners, with the mysterious 'Markens Grode' and especially the stunning 'Vinden'. This band has enormous potential, but nothing new has emerged from them since (as I update this entry in Aug, 2016).

The original private press, under the band name Porcelain was extremely difficult to find. Fortunately Musea picked them up and is easily one of the best new albums on the imprint. During this process, a name change occurred resulting in Porcelain Moon. A good idea I think, especially if one considers Google searches.

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