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LAMAGAIA

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Sweden


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It is said the name LAMAGAIA derives from a mispronounciation of the bird Lämmergeier. Carl (bass), Micael (drums), Tobias (guitar, synths) and Tore (guitar, organ, synths) hailing from Gothenburg, Sweden, originally came together in 2010/2011, all tired of the 'usual format' of music with fixed song structures. Earlier releases include the 7 single 'Space Normal Speed/Seabass' on Höga Nord Rekords and a very limited cassette version of 'Lamagaius'.

Their self-named debut album finally brought them forward to a showpiece, in Sweden at least. Two extended psychedelic/space tunes are given here, featuring krautrock references due to a very hypnotic behaviour.

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2017

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2014
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2015

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 Space Normal Speed / Seabass by LAMAGAIA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2014
3.95 | 3 ratings

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Space Normal Speed / Seabass
Lamagaia Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Just a two track recording but these Swedes can do no wrong which is why I have all three of their releases even one as short as this. The two tracks both "rock" pretty hard with bass and drums creating an uptempo groove while spacey synths and guitars play over the groove.

"Space Normal Speed" is spacey to start as the bass joins in then the drums and guitar soon after. A pretty good uptempo groove here as the spacey sounds also continue. Catchy stuff. The guitar is crying out after 2 minutes but it eventually backs off. Some grinding guitar before 4 minutes. It's hard not to bounce around to this stuff. The guitar is crying out again before 6 minutes as the song starts to wind down.

"Seabass" opens with a heavy groove with growly sounds over top. This is nastier sounding than the previous song but a similar tempo. I like how we get pretty much drums only as it settles right down before 2 minutes but picked guitar and bass help out quickly then the guitar starts to slowly solo. We get vocals which is excellent just before 3 minutes. It turns heavier 4 minutes in and the vocals get louder. He steps aside at 4 1/2 minutes as instrumentally they are just killing it here. It settles back late to a spacey ending.

Seemed silly getting such a short recording but as I said this is a band that I seem to connect with and they haven't let me down yet. One of the best new Space Rock bands out there.

 Lamagaius by LAMAGAIA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2015
4.71 | 5 ratings

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Lamagaius
Lamagaia Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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5 stars LAMAGAIA are a Space Rock band out of Sweden and out of their first three releases this EP is by far my favourite. An over 28 minute track that grooves in the CAN tradition. Man I've never heard a band sound so much like CAN though and they just came up with the perfect groove for it. I mean I can't stop moving when this is playing and even my 22 year old son was moving to it and he doesn't like my music. It starts off quietly but turns louder after a minute as the bass joins in. We get bass, drums, guitar, organ, synths and effects over this 28 minutes as the groove stays the same but the flavour changes slightly throughout.

I really like when one of the four members starts whistling after 8 minutes, it just sounds so cool. Then just before 9 minutes we get vocals again bringing CAN to mind. This is great! They come and go ending around 12 minutes for now. Some distortion after 17 minutes then some growly sounds after 19 minutes. The vocals are back! Yay! Yes after 20 1/2 minutes they return. It picks up in pace just after he stops singing a minute later. It settles back again before 23 1/2 minutes. A calm after 27 minutes as that groove which has been going non stop since the beginning finally disappears as it turns haunting late to end it.

Without question 5 stars for this little piece of genius. CAN fans check it out!

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3.95 | 3 ratings

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Lamagaia
Lamagaia Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars LAMAGAIA are a relatively new band out of Sweden who play with a heavy groove. You can call them Space Rockers or a Jam Band but either way I think you get the idea. A lot of repetitive rhythms on this album but this is excellent. They released an EP in 2015 but this is their first full length album clocking in at a tidy 35 plus minutes. We get two side long suites.

"Aurora" opens with distortion before spacey synths join in then drums just before a minute. That catchy groove then kicks in as we get this swirling repetitive mass. The groove recalls HAWKWIND but also many other Space Rock bands. Guitar comes in over top and we even get these distant sounding vocals after 3 minutes that are brief but they will return around 11 minutes. Some ripping guitar starting before 14 minutes then more vocals a minute later.

"Paronama Vju" is my favourite of the two. It starts off slow with experimental sounds. I think that's organ as we get this slow but repetitive melody. It slows down even more before 4 minutes and turns spacey. I like this. A change 5 minutes in with those PINK FLOYD-like sounds reminding me of "Run Like Hell" with the bass and drums especially as a groove kicks in. It's building 7 minutes in but very slowly. The guitar starts to make some noise over top. It's still building and I like that the guitar is more passionate 9 minutes in. Soon he's lighting it up, then we get some guest sax after 10 1/2 minutes and it's dissonant. Nice. The sax stops as heavy distorted sounds take over as the groove continues.

Nothing new here but this is very well done and some who are into this style of music have raved about this band. Love the album art which is a painting.

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition.

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