Originally formed in 1973, Kaipa is a musical project conceived by keyboard player Hans Lundin and featuring a rotating cast of members from such noted bands as Scar Symmetry, The Flower Kings, Ritual and Karmakanic.
Surrounded by such extremely talented musicians enables Hans to give his melodic and complex songs a performance showing a vital, unique and personal sound. In 2012, on the brink of the band's 40th year in the biz, we are presented with Vittjar.
The band is very talented, both in terms of technical ability and song writing. Full of delightful choruses and containing more than its fair share of virtuoso solos, the album has all of the excess and self-indulgence that defines what it is to be progressive!
At times, Kaipa can sometimes get carried away, as on the twenty-two minute showpiece Our Silent Ballroom Band. While the piece is certainly something to behold, with many twists and turns in its musical fabric, at times it really doesn't feel that epic, just very long.
Overall, this is well-choreographed prog, a little heavy on the cheesy optimism, but a very solid album full of interesting musical ideas and squeaky clean production. It isn't particularly deep, but maybe it doesn't need to be.
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE ALBUM
LIGHTBLUE AND GREEN