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EN ANNAN VÄRLD

Agusa

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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4.16 | 141 ratings | 8 reviews | 36% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2021

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Sagobrus (25:01)
2. Uppenbarelser (21:13)

Total Time 46:14

Line-up / Musicians

- Mikael Ödesjö / guitar
- Roman Andrén / keyboards
- Jenny Puertas / flute
- Simon Ström / bass
- Tim Wallander / drums

Releases information

Label: Kommun2
Format: Vinyl, CD, Digital
September 10, 2021

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AGUSA En annan värld ratings distribution


4.16
(141 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(36%)
36%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
47%
Good, but non-essential (13%)
13%
Collectors/fans only (2%)
2%
Poor. Only for completionists (1%)
1%

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Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR
4 stars Swedish instrumental prog rockers are back with a slightly shifted lineup and a much more focused retro psychedelic Prog Folk sound.

1. "Sagobrus" (25:01) nice, laid-back, simple Folk-Rock for the first five minutes. As a matter of fact, one might say that this song is divided equally into five perfect fifths. In the second fifth it goes CAMEL--or at least, tries to. All instrumentalists (guitar, organ, bass, drums) are competent and recorded and mixed fairly well, but nobody blows me away. The 1960s analog-like sound (and recording- ?) choices probably make this a great ride for people wanting to sit back and ride a nice, long wave of late-1960s nostalgia (there's a lot of Doors- and Procol Harum-like feel here). In the third fifth, the flute gives it a nice touch of Moody Blues, Focus, and Camel; the rhythm guitar play, bass, and saw-organ give an almost Supersister/Hatfield and the North funk. The fourth fifth takes a minute to define itself but ends up falling cleanly into a Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here despite the flute arpeggio that remains as a foundational motif throughout; the keyboard work and guitar are definitely straight out of Floyd. In the nineteenth minute we get another pseudo shift as the fuzzed-up bass leads over a weave of mathematic minimalism. By the 20-minute mark, we have moved into a fury of Camel-like tension building, somewhat crescendoing with the multiple guitar tracks merging and weaving in the 22nd-minute, giving it more of a Focus feel. The from 22:00 out is Camel flute and then Hammond taking turns leading the way over the driving theme carried by the rhythm section. Nice. (44.5/50)

2. "Uppenbarelser" (21:13) opens with some harp sounding like a nostalgic Celtic sea shanty. Plodding toms take over over the top of the the psychedelic synth work. This is giving me the feel of being on a journey--of some processional dance being led along the rocky Irish sea coast, flutist and dancers moving at a very slow and staccato pace, very sacred and yet also, at the same time, profanely fertility-oriented. Were it not for the organ, I would think this something that could totally be performed outdoors, while dancing along the coast! In the eighth minute electric guitars join in and the intensity rises, but then, at the 8-minute mark things thin out again, breaking down all the way to slow toms and bass. The organ, and then flute and electric guitar, take up the slow melody, and together build and build, with Cream/Eric Clapton-like electric wah guitar taking over the lead, all the way until the 13-minute mark when things break down for strummed acoustic guitar to take over leading the way. Jazzy drums, bass, gentle flute, and picked Spanish guitar make me think that the processional has moved south--perhaps into the Basque regions of Spain, or its Mediterranean coasts. Community building in the 16th and 17th minutes leads into another attempt at the guitarist to take us over the top. Unfortunately, chaos reigns over cohesion as the dance must become totally bacchanalian--until, that is, we again reach a resting/restarting point at 18:22. This is when we are reminded and/or restored to the original Celtic setting. It feels as if the message here is that it's sleep- time. The final two minutes are very bucolic in a kind of Anthony Phillips way. I do love that a cohesive story seemed to unfold here. Well done! (36/40)

Total Time 46:14

I can see how other reviews call this album full of "addictive" music--especially the second track. I, for one, love the visual and visceral image of myself fully engaged in that highly enticing fertility dance. The synth, bass, and flute performances are wonderful--never overstated or bombastic. I am not, however, very impressed with either the guitarist's electric lead work nor the drummer's timing and mix/recording/engineering choices. While I love the nostalgic feel of the retro sounds and familiar styles, I am more inclined to go back to more original material. Still, a pair of nicely composed, well-collaborated prog epic tracks.

B+/4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music on the retro psych-folk-rock side of things.

Review by Mellotron Storm
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars While AGUSA may be listed here under Psychedelia this is completely different music to what I've been listening to over the last many months(my Psychedelic Summer). Very folky with symphonic music done in the retro way like these Swedes do so well. After a couple of pre-spins I was in love with this album. The gorgeous melodies, the acoustic guitar, organ and flute all taking us back in time yet this doesn't sound old. Major changes though for the first time with this band as the keyboardist and bass player have left. Both were also in ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE along with the drummer who stayed. The guitarist is also in HOOFFOOT. Two side long tracks which isn't new for this band as they did it previously on "Katarsis" and "Tva".

This was voted 15th best album by the collaborators on here for 2021, very respectable. I really feel that the previous self titled album from 2017 is still their best, although for a time I thought this was going to beat it. Getting to know music by spending time with it is the only way to really know the music. There are some moments that cross a good taste line for me, usually those bouncey flute leads where the word "lame" starts to mumbled by yours truly. Those are rare moments indeed as for the most part we just get these beautiful melodies done so maturely. This is big-boy music. There is some uplifting stuff on here and the band that came to mind the most by far was CAMEL because of the flute of course.

Highlight of highlights is the Canterbury organ on that opening track, man how good does that sound. The guitar solo later at 16 1/2 minutes is kind of bluesy. Very CAMEL-like after 22 minutes. Lots of relaxed music on that opener including acoustic guitar, organ and flute usually leading the way. Track two is where we get some depth in the form of nasty clavinet after 10 1/2 minutes followed by a guitar solo as it cries out over and over. Some native percussion after 18 minutes along with flute as it settles right down.

By the way I spun that self-titled AGUSA album from 2017 today and I do prefer it to this one. Gave that one 4.5 stars, this is a solid 4 stars. If your classy get both.

Latest members reviews

5 stars What a peaceful sonic journey demonstrating significant musical prowess. This is my first Agusa CD. It will certainly not be my last. Especially not to missed if you are a fan of the flute. Not hard to imagine one's self in a verdant forest, near a crystal clear stream with birds flitting about ... (read more)

Report this review (#2699343) | Posted by DrMark | Saturday, March 12, 2022 | Review Permanlink

5 stars The album En Annan Varld by Agusa is my first exposure to the band. Based on this album, I MUST have their entire discography. En Annan Varld is incredible and is without a doubt my Album of the Year. With every spin of these two goosebump-inducing epic tracks, I discover something new and exciti ... (read more)

Report this review (#2657550) | Posted by Maurus9 | Saturday, January 1, 2022 | Review Permanlink

5 stars There are very few albums that have a way to make you an addict. BEWARE. This album will end up requesting you to hear it again ... and even ask yourself ... what is this? It is real easy to find bits and pieces of their music that will remind you of some moments in Jethro Tull, Caravan, Came ... (read more)

Report this review (#2636812) | Posted by moshkito | Thursday, November 25, 2021 | Review Permanlink

3 stars For die-hard fans of the first PINK FLOYD jets, for the psychedelic side, for lovers of old prog rock like CAMEL and GENESIS or ANGLAGARD ice creams, for flute fans as in the days of JETHRO TULL, for those who adore the retro prog or vintage prog rock, for those who like to take the time to unpl ... (read more)

Report this review (#2633562) | Posted by alainPP | Saturday, November 13, 2021 | Review Permanlink

5 stars A fantastic overlooked album, also one of my favorites from 2021. It contains two large instrumental pieces that evokes elements of Pink Floyd, Jethro tull, Genesis and others 70's classic rock bands. Each piece has around 20~25 minutes, which makes the album clocks at 45 minutes, so this is ... (read more)

Report this review (#2607914) | Posted by Deadwing | Tuesday, October 26, 2021 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Agusa is a new Swedish four piece formation that started in 2013, the name is derived from the place where the band did jam sessions. Late 2013 Agusa went into the studio to record the debut album entitled Högtid, released in early 2014. During the winter drummer Dag Strömkvist decided to leave ... (read more)

Report this review (#2595364) | Posted by TenYearsAfter | Saturday, September 18, 2021 | Review Permanlink

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