"The largest band in the universe"
How far can a rock band go? How symphonic can it be?
Do emotions still exist in music?
The new XL album Jeti is released only a year after Jukola came out. After spending almost three years with Jukola the band had enough ideas and new material to record Jeti very fast, keeping it fresh but not simple. XL has always been exploring the grey area between symphonic rock and jazz, and on Jeti the band has definitely found its own distinctive style and sound.
XL, founded in 1992, performs powerful musical fairy-tales with electric intensity that has elicited enthusiastic response at jazz festivals and rock clubs in Scandinavia, as well as among critics.
The debut CD Xlent was released in 1995 on Octopus, a sub-label of Finnish classical music company Ondine. In the final stages of recording the second album the band approached Rockadillo Records, who released Jukola on the Pohjola label in early 1998.
Jukola featured among other guests Michael Brecker on the saxophone.
Pohjola is Rockadillos label for progressive rock, and the only other artists so far on the label are famous bassist and composer Pekka Pohjola and his former guitar player Seppo Tyni.
Compositions by Arttu Takalo and Jarmo Saari are based on rich harmonies, multidimensional sequences and rock oriented sounds. Well aware of its ethnic roots, XL performs sensitive, yet energetic music far beyond traditional definitions.
Tuure Koski and Tomi Salesvuo provide solid grooves full of interesting timbres and dynamics. Nordic angst, gothic characteristics and an attitude are just part of what makes XL so huge.
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