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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.86 | 52 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. I listened to this last year quite a bit and found it to be rather refreshing on several fronts. There is a 60's psychedelic feel to their music. At times you might describe it as psychedelic pop (a lot of the first half of the record),and at times psychedelic prog.The drums are often mixed out front too much, sometimes being a distraction and noisy.The vocals are in Swedish and have a unique, high pitched tone to them. Of interest to prog fans is the involvement of Reine Fiske the former guitarist for LANDBERK and PAATOS. And for me he is the star of this show, although make no mistake this is multi- instrumentalist and vocalist Gustav Ejstes' baby. He also wrote the lyrics and music, and mixed and produced this record.

The record starts off with the catchy "Panda" that gives us a good example of their sound right away. I like the outbursts of guitar on this one as well as on the next one "Gjort Bort Sig" where Reine is all over it with his great guitar playing. "Festival" is another highlight for me especially the extended instrumental interlude of keys and guitar. "Du e For Fin For Mig" opens with violin as strumming guitar comes in. When the vocals come in it brings THE BEATLES to mind. The chorus on this one is one of the highlights on this album. The song stops and begins again totally different with some amazing guitar melodies. Nice. "Ta Det Lugnt" opens with a light,uptempo sound with a good keyboard melody. Vocals come in and some scorching guitar. Again this song stops as well and returns with a totally different melody including sax and piano.The next song "Det Du Tanker Idag Ar Du I Morgan" is an instrumental featuring piano, flute and drums. The flute reminds me of the sixties.

"Lejonet & Kulan" is another instrumental that sounds great ! It's experimental sounding with flute and organ. The organ is amazing. "Bortglomd" is a bombastic song with crazy drums and smoking guitar solos, especially around 4 minutes. The next song with the incredibly long title that is less than a minute long has some mellotron on it. "Lipsill" has lots of percussion and fiddle. "Om Du Vore En Vakthund" is an instrumental that has a jazz feel to it with bass and light drums.There is also an atmospheric and dark feel to this one. I know that sounds contadictory, (jazzy yet dark) but if you listen to it you'll know what I mean. "Tack Ska Ni Ha" opens with an ominous piano melody and what sounds like eerie synths. It all changes as vocals,guitar and drums come in. The final tune "Sluta Folja Efter" is the one where Reine's guitar playing reminds me of LANDBERK the most. Some feedback and mellotron on this one as well. Great song !

Overall I highly recommend this record. It's new sounding yet drawing from the past.There is also the spirit of LANDBERK in this one if you listen close enough. I still like the debut and also "Tio Bitar" a lot more than this one. This is too poppy early on although it certainly makes up for that as it plays out.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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