Rainy Day Women

Quite nice instrumentals from Finland on their Rainy Omen (HUBRO HUBROCD2557); four musicians, all of them active in other bands and projects, playing mostly acoustic instruments and taking turns with the composition credits across five tracks of dirgey but melodic music. Quite often the music showcases the lead guitar work of gifted and able Ivar Grydeland, who we have heard on his solo album Bathymetric Modes and supporting Ballrog, and like that solo LP the music here has a tendency towards the wistful and melancholic, becoming a shade too tasteful in places. Even so, skill and proficiency of this order is not common; all the players perform immaculately, and the record’s plain but punchy production is a joy. 2nd June 2015.