KAIPA - In The Wake Of Evolution

Kaipa - In The Wake Of Evolution

8 songs
70:20 minutes
***** ***


Founded in 1975 and therefore one of the longest serving rock bands still around, Kaipa released three LPs in the Seventies and then went on hiatus until 2002. Hans Lundin is currently the only member remaining of the original line-up and does his best to let the good, old times live again. The keyboarder and guitarist has been quite busy, as In The Wake Of Evolution is already the fifth album since the reformation.

Kaipa remind me strongest of The Flower Kings, which shouldn’t surprise, as guitarist Roine Stolt was also an original member of Kaipa but left in the mid-2000s to concentrate his energies on The Flower Kings and Transatlantic. Kaipa differ by having found a great female vocalist in Aleena Gibson. Comparisons to Asia and especially Yes are also allowed, especially since the opener and title track hints at Close To The Edge. Kaipa’s music is uncomplicated and playful at the same time, coming with an undeniable folk component that can best be heard on Folkia’s First Decision and From A Secret Source. The lyrics have accordingly an ecological touch, with the title track and the concluding The Seven Oceans Of Our Mind warning us that we have only borrowed the planet from our offspring. The string section on The Words Are Like Leaves furthermore shows how hard the band works to aim for variety. The longest cut is the eighteen minute epic Electric Power Water Notes that misses not a single cliché to come up with a wonderfully progressive rock treat.

Despite being rooted in the progressive rock milieu, Kaipa offer tons of lovely melodies that help making In The Wake Of Evolution an accessible album. The band too often relies on tried and tested patterns which prevents the prickly feeling you get from more adventurous music, but all in all they did a good job on their new record which is always again a pleasure to listen to.

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