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Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.10 | 45 ratings

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4 stars News from Agusa! Three years after Ekstasis, the Swedish formation's fifth album, En Annan Värld, was released in autumn 2021. The line-up has changed a bit in the meantime, with keyboardist Roman Andrén and bassist Simon Ström are two new musicians on board, the latter also doing the cover design for the new album.

Musically, the quintet remains largely true to its proven style. En Annan Värld contains only two pieces, both over twenty minutes long and again completely instrumental, which take us on a journey back in time to the 1970s, especially to the beginning of the decade. From the first bars on, you are carried away into a mystical world that may not even lie in other dimensions, but somewhere deep in the forests of Scandinavia in an enchanted village. Because the music is always steeped in a distinctly folkloric component, for which the omnipresent flute with lyrical-pastoral, often somewhat mystical inserts is responsible. The keys are again limited to the organ, which, in addition to Bo Hansson, also reminds us of the Peter Bardens at times, especially his playing on Camel's first two albums. The guitar is surprisingly rocking every now and then, which creates nice contrasts to the prevailing mood of slight melancholy. Bass and drums accompany the whole thing confidently.

The two pieces are colorful and varied. Especially on Sagobrus there are always passages in which the music gains momentum; in such passages the flute can really deliver amazing moments. But the music soon falls back into this inimitable, comforting, elegiac mood of gently swirling organ and lyrical flute playing, to which the guitar occasionally starts a solo, which then turns a little towards Krautrock. On the other hand, Uppenbarelser shows to be more solemn, also more mystical; but this piece also offers enough variety that there is no boredom over the long playing time.

In short, En Annan Värld shows Agusa at the same high level as on the previous albums and once again underlines Scandinavia's leading position in the field of recent retro-prog. Strong album!

prog_traveller!! | 4/5 |


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