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BABY GRANDMOTHERS

Baby Grandmothers

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.03 | 22 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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5 stars This solitary artifact borne from spores of group Mecki Mark Men really blew my mind, Subliminal Sounds' gatefold double vinyl surging raw impressionistic psychedelic rock from the late 1960's days of Sweden. The band has a very strong trio playing style, similar to the sound of acid rock legends Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, from which the later one mentioned they warmed up on their Swedish tour. Aiming for mutual reactive playing, Kenny, Bengt and Pelle left the hit song try-outs far behind, and focused successfully to long, loose and trippy archaic improvisations. All players are very convincing, bringing much content to the sound, and both the raw crushing and tender melancholy of group's playing sucks a willing listener for a voyage to surreal world of impulsive sounds. Except for few wailings in the first track, the music is totally instrumental.

When compared for example to Träd, Gräs och Stenar, the approach is less Dadaist and not so minimalistic, and end results of jammings are in my opinion more concrete than the inventions of fine group referred. This band reaches also over 16 and nearly 20 minutes long aggressive bluesy stoner improvisations at the middle part of the album, and this kind of psychedelic imagination cannot get much better. The live treatments captured to the record culminates everything which is important and beautiful for me in the original psychedelic acid rock, breaking the gates of tamed produced rock music and causality yearning questions of logic mind; It is beautiful, strong, impulsive, contact, sincere, innovative, healing, human, and true. The improvisations are not pointless and boring, but constructive and full of powerful musical ideas and feelings. The sounds are quite raw, but I like the analogue tape recordings, and the sound of the trio is well balanced, guitar being slightly more forward than the bass, which can be heard well as it does not understandably play same notes as the lead guitar on an arena of instrumental trio jammings.

Recommended highly for all fans of raw psychedelic, reactive improvisational imaginative rock music, and also for those interested of original 1960's Swedish "Progg" scene. For me this discovery and listening it was a "religious experience", and resides among my all time favorite records.

Eetu Pellonpaa | 5/5 |

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