THE ELECTRIC CRAYON SET
One Man's Trash
(SoundHawk Horus-001)

The Electric Crayon Set is a Finnish band from Pori led by singer/songwriter/guitarist Timo Pääkkö. Timo is also a psych/mod record dealer, and is known for his work with bands Kinsky and Penniless People of Bulgaria. The other musicians on this CD (limited to 500 copies) are Seppo Tyni-bass, Jussi Reunamäki-keyboards and Timo Lilja-drums with a couple of guests. Tyni has played with prog legend Pekka Pohjola. Before this debut album, they've released one sold out 7" on British Detour Records.

The album opens with a very nice acid folk song One Man's Trash. Lyrics on this one and on six other tracks are by Kim Hitchcock from Texas. One of my favourite tracks on the CD! Then the band goes into mid 70's Deep Purple sounding soul rock stuff, not really my cup of tee. Other bands that came to mind are The Who (power chords!) and Uriah Heep (high pitched vocal harmonies, Hammond). So, this is not that psychedelic as I expected..but pretty nice retro rock/pop/hard rock. Other highlights besides the title track are A Fast One (especially the psyched-out middle part), My Dear Old Problem, Dark (yeah, a lot darker than the rest) and Now Ann (the end part is great, but could have been a lot longer). One Man's Trash took a whole year to record and mix, and the playing and sound quality are excellent. Timo also has a great voice. I think this is one of those albums that will grow on you with time.

The Electric Crayon Set have a lot common with Five Fifteen (Helsinki, Finland), and their fans should really check this album out. You can get it from Hippie Shake Records or directly from Timo (timo.paakko@satabaana.net). I don't know if these guys play live gigs, but one in Helsinki with 5.15 would be nice!

Psychotropic Zone


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The Electric Crayon Set:
One Man's Trash (SoundHawk)

Straight outta Finland and full of driving worldly psychedelic modernism come Timo Pääkkö's eclectic Electric Crayon Set. Swirling organs, both screaming electric and gentle acoustic guitar sounds, hard pop hooks and a unique sense of earthly ambience and sentiment. Most excellent! Probably pretty hard to track down in your local shop but readily available from the SoundHawk site and audio samples can be had there as well.

Mohair Sweets E-zine


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THE ELECTRIC CRAYON SET
One Man's Trash… (SoundHawk)

This is the first full-length album from Pori, Finland's Electric Crayon Set (formerly known as Jennie Tropik Dream). The cover art, painted by New Yorker Mad John Nemec, features a silver nude woman, a Tibetan monk playing a giant horn, as well as some flowers, the earth, the moon, and a burning sun, all clustered around the imposing bald head of the band's singer/guitarist Timo Pääkkö. The overall effect of the artwork is suitably mystical but the painting style is similar to the covers of a few self-published books of schizophrenic philosophy I have seen over the years. The highly professional music on the CD removes any misconceptions based on the somewhat odd look of the cover.

Timo Pääkkö has a smooth yet powerful voice, supported well by his guitar playing and melodic songwriting. The rest of the band (Seppo Tyni - bass, Timo Lilja - drums, and Jusi Reunamäki - keyboards) all does a very nice job throughout. The keyboards are especially outstanding. The production is meticulous as well. The Electric Crayon Set's musical style includes hints of jazz, power pop, r&b, and soul within a broadly defined psychedelic framework. One Man's Trash… starts out with the wonderful title track, one of several songs on the album co-written by Austin, TX lyricist Kim Hitchcock. The opening song reminds me of the Eastern-tinged side of early Traffic, or possibly later Cream. Timo Pääkkö sings a bit like Jack Bruce while acoustic guitars shimmer over a complex Indian beat carried by the bass. The second track "Go All The Way" has the sense of an updated version of The Band as Timo and the guys get into an easy groove behind a joyous Hammond organ. "Paperbag Song" gives the first indication of the group's jazz leanings, with a Fender Rhodes adding some tasty flourishes over the sophisticated vocal line. The chorus shifts to a garage psych sound that extends into the gratifying wah wah guitar solo. Timo croons like a new romantic on the catchy funk pop of "I'll Be Your Dream" and "Living On The Edge". The jazz-inflected vocals on "Everywhere I Look" and "My Dear Old Problem" have a bit of a Joe Jackson influence (circa Body & Soul). The martial progressive intro on "Dark" pays tribute to early Yes but the verses and tasteful guitar solo have a brooding r&b feeling. "Now Ann" is a charming love song with strong guitars and drums balanced by gentle harmonies and jazzy keyboards. Timo Pääkkö's voice shines on the piano ballad "In My Room" as he sings about the comforting sense and order found in one's own private space. The closing track "Chains" comes off as a bit light after the resonance of the preceding ballad. It's very much like a peppy rock theme song from an '80s movie, a little out of place from the rest of the album.

One Man's Trash… is a promising debut with more than its share of highlights. In the few places where the sound moves into just a bit too much of a power pop format for my taste, the band still infuses the arrangements with enough special touches to hold the listener's interest until the next truly inspired song. The Electric Crayon Set's ability to seamlessly merge genres head-on with creative results gives me high hopes for their next album, too. Go to http://cdbaby.com/ecs to order the CD. For more information, contact SoundHawk, PO Box 118, 28101 Pori, Finland (e-mail timo.paakko@satabaana.net).

Freecity Media, Review © 2002 by Nick Bensen

 


The Electric Crayon Set
One Man's Trash
Soundhawk

Doubtless named after the Bam Caruso compilation, Rubbles Volume 5, The Electric Crayon Set started life as in 1998 as an eight - piece called "Jennie Tropik Dream" , shortly thereafter changing their name, to adopt a more straightforward freakbeat style. After releasing a single, "The Hardest Thing / Demons In Disguise" , this is their full length debut.

Happily wearing their 60s hearts on their sleeves, this is a merry ,elting pop of all things acid, psych, Paisley pop and prog, mixing and matching whatever takes their talented little fancies. Comprising Seppo Tyni : Bass, Jussi Reunamäki : Keyboards , Timo Lilja : Drums and backing Vox and Timo Pääkkö : Guitar and Lead Vocals, it's the keyboards that hold everything together. Catchy choruses, the odd bit of hmm, nice acid jazz, this wouldn't have been out of place in either that genres 80s revival or the paisley pop revival of the 70's. Which could explain why the debut single appeared on hipper than thou mod label, Detour.

Timeless, poptastic, this is an excellent CD. Things might improve with a more dynamic set of vocals, but there is much to like here. Mmm, dig that Hammond B3.]

Zeitgeist


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Electric Crayon Set
One Man’s Trash
2001
Soundhawk Horus 001

Track List:

One Man’s Trash, Go All The Way, Paperbag Song, I’ll Be Your Dream, A Fast One, Living On The Edge, Everywhere I Look, My Dear Old Problem, Dark, Now Ann, In My Room, Chains.

Review:

One Man’s Trash is the brainchild of Finnish record dealer/musician Timo Paakko and is unusual in the respect that Kim Hitchcock from Austin, Texas is responsible for many of the lyrics and it appears that the two have never even met!!

The press release states that 'It's a concept album, all songs fit loosely on a storyline and the actual tracks tied with sound effects.

Musically it's very much a mixed bag of some very eclectic styles, but with it's feet firmly planted in the Mod camp with many songs betraying Timo's love of Art-Pop, Mod-Soul and Sixties Beat interspersed with some fine Hammond organ and Wah-wah guitar and some very finely crafted songs.

The cover is a wonderful painting by Mad john Nemec from New York and features a quasi-religeous them with lots of symbolism such as Buddhism, Tibetan monks, Indian Ganesh rock carvings and a rather fetching nubile young lady wearing very little, superimposed in front of Timo resplendent in Saffron (?) robes.

There are so many musical styles represented here that this is a very difficult album to sum up but it is most likely to appeal to fans of The Creation, The Eyes, The Who, Small Faces and Immediate label roster acts such as Amen Corner and The Nice (for lovers of the Hammond B-3 everywhere)

The initial pressing of this will be 500 copies, CD only and judging by the speed Timo's other projects sell out, you'll have to move quick to get one.

Pooters Psychedelic Shack, Reviewed by pOoTer - January 2002


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Electric Crayon Set
One Man's Trash
2001
Soundhawk Horus 001

”Tänä ihmeellisenä huttu-,tico-tico- ja poppishumppalevyjen aikana haikaillaan vain Nummelaan taikka lähemmäs. Piristävänä ilmiönä, pysyvänä sellaisena, on melodinen ja kauasluotaava, hyvään psykedeliaan pureutuva puhutteleva musiikki paikallaan, vaikka tätä levyä kuinka päin kuuntelisi. Soittimissa ja soittajissa löytyy, tasossa myös. Tämä äänite lennättää kauas ja jättää sinut sinne. Aivan sama, mitä puolipäiväkriitikot sanovat – tässä on kaikki mitä tarvitaan!”

Johnny-Kai Forssell
Toimittaja - tutkija



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The Electric Crayon Set:
One Man's Trash (SoundHawk)

When I saw the excellent cover illustration by Mad John Nemec on The Electric Crayon Set's debut full-length album "One Man's Trash” I was expecting spacey psychedelic music, but instead I found psychedelic 60's flavored power pop with some jazz influences. A pleasant surprise indeed as I'm not that fond of lengthy psychedelic jam sessions unless it's performed by Pärson Sound, International Harvester, Harvester or Träd Gräs och Stenar.

The man behind the band is Timo Pääkö and he has a remarkable sense for strong melodies and catchy choruses. His guitar and Hammond B3 driven compositions could be described as a mix between The Beatles, Big Money, Five Fifteen, Made In Sweden, Ritual and David Sylvian. The bass player Seppo Tyni has previously played with the legendary Pekka Pohjola. The musicians are brilliant and the sound quality is very professional.

This release is limited to 500 copies, so stop reading and order it right away! Excellent, exciting and highly recommended!

Musicians: Timo Pääkkö – Lead and background Vocals, Telecaster 335, 150 and Mustonen Seppo Tyni – Mustonen Bass Jussi Reunamäki – Hammond B3, Piano, Wurlitzer, Welson, and Korg Timo Lilja – Ludwig and Gretsch kits

Track listing: 1. One Man's Trash, 2. Go All The Way, 3. Paperbag Song, 4. I'll Be Your Dream, 5. A Fast One, 6. Living On The Edge, 7. Everywhere I Look, 8. My Dear Old Problem, 9. Dark, 10. Now Ann, 11. In My Room, 12. Chains

Date: 2002-04-04 Reviewer: Greger Rönnqvist greger.ronnqvist@infodata.sema.se