Aki Peltonen is a Finnish accordionist who fused folk, classical, jazz and
post-rock elements on Radio Banana (ReR, 2005).
The festive first track is arranged (tango-style) for accordion and brass fanfare, with forceful drumming throughout.
The third track is its mirror image, with the brass instruments taking over
the accordion as the melodic lead.
Just like the bluesy and romantic second track (an accordion solo, despite the drums),
the 14-minute fourth piece, ostensibly a waltz, is a long series of melodic
variations over a touching nocturnal leitmotiv.
No matter how odd his pieces become, Peltonen never sacrifices melody to
the sonic architecture.
The fifth track is the one exception to the rule. If the other tracks are
closer to folk music, this one is closer to free jazz.
Peltonen's approach is intriguing and passionate, without being overtly
experimental or derivative (definitely not derivative).
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