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AGUSA

Agusa

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.04 | 99 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. I have to say that AGUSA's new album is their best in my opinion. This is a 5 piece band(flute, organ, drums, guitar and bass) out of Sweden. While I do feel this is their best yet that traditional Swedish Folk vibe remains fairly strong and I'm not big on that vibe. Still this was an absolute joy to listen to pre-Christmas.

"Landet Langesen" opens with some solemn flute as the bass arrives and the organ seems to echo before a fuller sound arrives with drums. There's a brief calm with guitar and drums before that full sound returns. A calm 3 1/2 minutes in as flute comes to the fore. Some nice organ before 5 minutes as the guitar echoes in this laid back section. The tempo picks up at 5 1/2 minutes. Organ and wah- wah guitar after 8 minutes. The guitar starts to cry out after 9 minutes, then the organ comes in playing over top to the end. A great start!

"Sorgenfri" opens with some beautiful guitar melodies but soon the flute takes over with picked guitar then it turns fuller. The organ kicks in after 2 1/2 minutes in this uptempo section. It's the guitar's turn to lead after 4 minutes as he lights it up. Nice.

"Den ortrollade Skogen" has an experimental intro with atmosphere and various sounds that come and go. A beat after 1 1/2 minutes then the flute joins in around 2 minutes. Soon we have a full sound with flute over top. The organ will replace the flute then we get a calm 4 minutes in. I like the organ before 5 1/2 minutes. The flute is back then a full sound kicks back in at 7 minutes.

"Sager Fran Saaris" is my favourite on here. I like the rhythm here with guitar over top before the organ takes the guitar's place. A traditional sounding section here but it changes before 2 minutes as we get a calm with flute that sounds so much like the flute on KING CRIMSONs "I Talks To The Wind". That sound returns again just before 4 minutes. In between we get a guitar solo that starts before 3 1/2 minutes. It settles right down 5 minutes in. This is so good with that beat, bass, guitar and flute that all come and go. Such a cool section. It's building 6 1/2 minutes in. Guitar before 7 minutes and it's becoming more powerful sounding. So good!

"Bortom Hemom" opens with relaxed organ as the flute joins in. Pastoral is the word. Cymbals follow then what sounds like violin. It kicks in with drums and organ after 1 1/2 minutes. I like when the guitar joins in. Great sound 5 1/2 minutes in as the flute joins in as well. Organ only before 6 1/2 minutes as it seems to start over. The rest of the band joins in. Love the guitar before 8 1/2 minutes.

This was a very pleasant surprise. I liked these guys before and their retro sound but they've upped the ante here with this self titled release. This is feel good music and who isn't into some great sounding flute and organ with lots of wah-wah guitar. Come on!

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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