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5.0 out of 5 stars The butterflies are frightened by your words, 26 Mar 2007
This review is from: Ghost Is Not Real (Audio CD)
The intention of Husky Rescue might have been to make warm music for a cold life, but there's a chilly prettiness to their astonishing second album "Ghost is Not Real." The pretty Finnish pop is upped a notch, to windy tinkly experimental pop that sweeps out into the epic at times, before shrinking back to a delicate folk sound.

"This is my home/the place where I'm lonely/ghost... is.... not... real," Reeta-Leena Korhola intones over a rippling, windy pop tune, with her words punctuated by a xylophone chime. The song expands out into a sweeping, cinematic tune that blows across speakers like a chilly wind.

The band pulls back a bit for the folky "Diamonds in the Sky," bouncy synthpop, eerie ambient pop, tinkling rippling melodies full of handclaps, and gentle folk laced with chilly synth. There's even the three-part experimental song "Blueberry Tree": shimmering, sparkling wintry melodies filled with sunshiny songwriting.

"Country Falls" was an amazing pop album, but "Ghost is Not Real" takes the entire snow-folk sound to new heights. Maybe it's because the band expanded from only one regular member -- frontman Marko Nyberg -- to a four-five-person band.

But whatever the cause, it's about as appealing and colourful as the Northern Lights, but quirkier. The music is a smooth collection of solid guitar, flute and drums, forming a sort of folk base. A lot of these songs are catchy mainly because of them, but sometimes they fade out almost completely, except for a soft guitar strum or flute.

But the music is wrapped in a layer of chilly keyboard that tinkles, sweeps and whistles like winter wind. And Husky Rescue know how to make the music go wherever they want -- songs like "Blueberry Tree III" spiral up into the sky, growing more intense and painfully exquisite with each rising riff.

With music that intense, it's kind of a surprise that many of the songs are as sunny as they are, with stuff about sunbeams and "your smile in the stars." But they also dabble in more fearful topics: "I'm afraid to fall asleep for dreams/I belong to you/in this world, you're for me." And it's all sung in Korhola's pretty, childlike voice.

The ghost may not be real, but "Ghost Is Not Real" is a magnificent return for Husky Rescue, taking electronic pop up to new levels. Absolutely stunning.
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