Original Kaipa members Hans Lundin and Roine Stolt have reunited to record a new album, twenty years after the breakup of the band. Joining them is the bassist from Roine's band The Flower Kings, and a few other Swedish musicians, all who help make this a rich, enjoyable statement of 70's style prog rock.
The presence of keyboard player Lundin is what makes this not just another Flower Kings album. His writing style and mastery of many different keyboards adds a vintage sound to this recording that meshes well with Stolt's stinging guitar work and melodies. In fact, these two have created an album that is leagues better than any of the original Kaipa albums, certainly more complex, yet highly melodic. Take the intriguing fourteen-minute "Leaving the Horizon" for example. Featuring all sorts of vintage keys (Hammond, Mellotron, synths) that weave around Stolt's lethal guitar work while singer Patrik Lundstrom beautifully interjects Lundin's positive lyrics. There are even a few ripping instrumentals, such as the staggering "Folke's Final Decision", where Stolt lays down some snarling guitar riffs complemented by raging Hammond organ from Lundin. Lovers of the Mellotron will be pleased to know that the mighty keyboard is featured on many of the tracks on this CD, and gives the whole album a very symphonic, vintage feel. The CD's other main epic, "The Name Belongs to You", features ominous Mellotron strings as a backdrop to loads of complex Hammond and guitar lines. This song folks, as most on this album, are a prog lovers dream, plain and simple.
Though it's been many years, Notes from the Past has shown that Hans Lundin still has plenty of tricks up his sleeve and is a viable member of the progressive rock community. Coupled with his old mate Stolt, they have put together a fantastic CD that is highly recommended.