Release date: 11-2007 Label: Fullstream records
By: Elvira Visser
Pedestrian’s Motor is a side project from Jorma Korhonen and Antti Tuomivirta
from the Finnish band Sara and Ville Malja from Lapko. Jorma had some songs
that did not really fitted into Sara’s line of songs. But it would have been
a waste to just forget about them, finally they asked Ville to join them in
This MCD “III” is, as the name would suggest, the third part of a
trilogy. First and second were called “I” and “II”.
Maybe it is difficult when people from different bands join together to work
on something, what do they bring with them? On this trilogy you can hear the
influences from both bands. Ville has a remarkable voice which creates a big
part of the Lapko sound, which instantly reminds me of Lapko but Pedestrian’s
Motor knows how to create a style of their own with electronic influences and
beats. To me the music is really nice to listen to. They do not try to impress
the people with difficult riffs or creations but still together it is just beautiful,
a bit melancholic even though you have those eclectic beats.
“Empty Headed Cowboys” is the first song and the piano intro immediately
makes my mind empty. The song starts very relaxed and Ville begins singing and
when Jorma joins they sound really balanced together, while Ville and Jorma
sing both in a totally different way. Ville sings quite high and Jorma’s voice
can go deep.
The second song is “No White Horse”, and you can hear some electric
sounds at the beginning of the track. It is the most up-tempo song of the album.
The drums at the beginning sound like an ancient tribe and is a real good intro
to the rest of the song. Might also be the most chaotic song where a lot happens,
but therefore you really need to listen more to this song, after these parts
they slow down a bit to burst out again.
“Treasure” really honors its name. This is just a little treasure.
You hear an acoustic guitar with some eclectic sound and then Jorma’s voice.
Really pure, a bit raw to some extent. It really gives me the shivers when he
is singing that delicate. It really touches me like I can hear and feel his
emotions. Like he is using every bit of his feelings and adding emotion in the
way he is singing. Somewhere near the end Ville joins him singing… Really
a brilliant song!
There is an electrical beginning on the song “Ten Seconds”, and what
a pleasure that this song does not last only ten seconds. The beginning of this
song Jorma does remind me about ofSeal. Though I have not heard Seal in ages.
Yet again touchy but in a different way.
This all sounds positive and it is, there is only one negative thing to say
about it and that is that you really want more after four songs.
| 1. Empty Headed Cowboys
2. No White Horse
4. Ten Seconds