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4 stars Surprises. I love surprises when it comes to music. Finding out a thrilling new band, something exciting, fresh and beautiful.

Such a surprise I had when a friend over at Progressive Ears recommended this Swedish four-piece band, Klotet and their 2008 release, En Rak Höger. They formed in 2004 in Uppsala and this is their first release, an instrumental album, out on Musea.

A cool keyboards sound with an electronic effect and a dominant bass line presents itself as the album begins, presenting gradually what the band has prepared for us. Soon more sounds are added and the rest of the band joins in. And finally the humorous facet of the music is exhibited as a gypsy/eastern sounding tune is played and developed. Melody is their strong side, as is their ability to wrap it with additional layers of instrumentation and effects. The tracks are catchy, fun and charming and are what makes me coming back to this album and even play several tracks again once they're over. The tracks on the album have each a distinct tune that is played and toyed with, then developed, thrown sideways and resumed. The sound is fuzzy and warm, cool and vibrant; at times sounding psychedelic and at others heavy and sharp. The album contains 14 tracks, mostly short (3-4 minutes) and all work well and have interesting ideas and are well developed and played.

My favourite piece on the album is the 7th track, Allt Är inte farligt. Though short, it has a highly driving motif that opens it, which then shifts to a different section that is somewhat slower but nevertheless haunting appeal with its effects done on the guitar (various effects, have a good listen).

The keyboards (organ and Fender Rhodes I think), played by Milvesofia Rydahl, are definitely the hooks, the root of the music here, and very efficienct bass work by David Hallberg as well as drumming by Mikael Styrke accompany it. Guitarist Påhl Sundström plays alternating roles with Milvesofia; they switch positions of front and back up with their instruments, one leading the other accompanying.

This is a highly enjoyable album, high energy levels, ear worm melodies and groovy atmosphere.

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Prog Metal Team
4 stars After originally hearing this album on Spotify I made it my mission to buy this release which I finally did and settled for a digital download. It's always nice to see motivated young bands on the prog horizon who are willing to put a little extra effort in their material. The music on En Rak Höger is difficult to define even by progressive rock standards so I completely agree with the Eclectic Prog-categorization that the band has received.

The album starts with surprisingly strong Jazz undertones on Jagad Av Satan but that sound is soon enough replaced by a much clearer melody section which is something that will be prominent even throughout the rest of the album. The bass guitar is very clear through the whole recording which, for a bass player like myself, is a true bliss to hear!

The first real highlight comes in the form of the very strangely titled composition called Vanlig Dag På Jobbet, Snutjävel (i.e. Ordinary day at work, cop bastard). Get used to these obscene song titles since it seems to be a trademark of a sorts with Klotet. This composition starts exactly were the previous left off with a really nice guitar-driven intro section which lasts for about two minutes and then transitions into a synthesizer driven melodic section that I completely adore.

I like how the band has incorporated short transition numbers between and sometimes right after their compositions which definitely aids the transition between the different sections of the album and makes for a great overall album experience. After an escapade of mood swings and melodic twists and turns comes another one of this album's highlights. Allt Är Inte Farligt (i.e. Everything Is Not Dangerous) comes at about halfway point through the album and is once again distinguishable due to the highly memorable middle section and the nice build-up leading up to its conclusion.

Ugglor I Mossen (i.e. Owls in the Moss) is this album's lengthiest piece of music cloaking at just over 5 minutes. It's made that way for all the right reasons because Ugglor I Mossen marks the final and, by far, the strongest highlight that this album has to offer. The composition is guitar-driven and has some of the funkiest sounding drum performance of the whole recording. I love how the melody twists and turns in every possible direction and I must have listened to this particular track at least two dozen times this week alone!

I have only praise and admiration for Klotet and their debut album. The music here is creative, catchy and enjoyable on literally every possible level. I'll definitely be keeping an eye on this new exciting band and their future releases!

***** star songs: Vanlig Dag På Jobbet, Snutjävel (3:37) Allt Är Inte Farligt (3:49) Ugglor I Mossen (5:14)

**** star songs: Jagad Av Satan (2:20) En Rak Höger Så Att Glasögonen Rök (4:17) Tulpandrakula (4:17) Den Felande Länken (2:49) Skrankel (0:50) Är Detta Humor? (3:49) Makt Korrumperar (4:51) Kontrollapparat (3:33) Bäklangesmannen (0:38) Den Meningslösa Maskinen (3:55) Splittring (4:30)

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Posted Sunday, March 28, 2010 | Review Permalink

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