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ANDERS BUAAS

Crossover Prog • Norway


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A Norwegian muliti-instrumentalist Anders BUAAS was born 1974 in Larvik. Already he's got renowned as a session musician playing with numerous bands e.g. a project of Paul DiAnno (Iron Maiden) and Tim Ripper Owens (Judas Priest), or a producer for many albums in Norway. His project series "The Witches Of Finnmark", started in December 2017, is an instrumental journey based on stories about the prosecution of witches in Finnmark in the 16th and 17th century, according to his words.

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4.17 | 6 ratings
The Witches Of Finnmark
2017
4.25 | 4 ratings
The Witches Of Finnmark II
2018
4.00 | 6 ratings
The Witches Of Finnmark III
2019
3.89 | 9 ratings
Tarot
2021

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 Tarot by BUAAS, ANDERS album cover Studio Album, 2021
3.89 | 9 ratings

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Tarot
Anders Buaas Crossover Prog

Review by Squonk19

4 stars TAROT - the latest album from Norway's Andres Buaas is a must for all fans of instrumental guitar-led music ? with a range of acoustic and electric guitar styles ranging from delicate, folk-influenced pieces all the way through to full- on electric guitar shredding ? and everything in between!

The first time I came across the multi-instrumentalist from Larvik, was back in 2017 with The Witches of Finnmark and its beautifully atmospheric title track (and an album cover that I am sure gave me the odd nightmare!) He continued his instrumental journey through the stories of prosecution of the medieval witches in Finnmark with two subsequent, well-received releases ? which increasingly showed his full range of guitar styles in both shorter pieces and more expanded prog-orientated epics as well. Two albums of Larvik Improvisions have been released during the current periods of lockdown ? but TAROT is his new, major release and is a work of ambition, dedication and undoubted skill.

Anders has brought together 22 musical pieces which describe the 22 cards in Tarot's Major Arcana and produced a musical landscape as diverse as the meanings of this set of mystical cards. He plays all the instruments ? including keyboards, bass, drums, percussion, mandolin and even a touch of theremin at times ? and this really enhances the guitar-orientated soundscapes. This often creates a lovely Oldfield-style experience to the music that is more of a homage than an imitation. However, the folk influences are there in abundance, along with progressive themes, and soaring electric guitar solos and well-pitched dense guitar riffs and arpeggios that would not be out of place on a prog metal recording (Anders was a touring guitarist with Tim Owens and Paul DiAnno in the past, amongst other bands).

The album kicks off with The Fool ? a short, light-hearted canter, which then moves to the chiming guitar runs of The Magician before The High Priestess introduces a darker and heavier feel. From then on in, the tracks range from shorter themes to more developed and extended pieces, full of variety and melody. No track outstays its welcome and as a result you can either appreciate them individually or as parts of multi-layered concept.

I do not intend to go through the whole album track-by-track, as listeners will undoubtedly find their own favourites. One minute you are enjoying the fresh, vibrant melodies of The Lovers, but then you are relaxing to the smooth guitar notes at the conclusion of The Chariot, on top of an evocative keyboard background, following Giltrap-like acoustic rhythms. Just when you think The Hermit has Hackett-style melodic overtones, a hillbilly acoustic theme provides an immediate contrast. Tracks like Death and The Devil, not surprisingly, have a more brooding, contemplative presence. I was often reminded of the eclectic style of Anthony Phillips throughout most of the album.

The shorter tracks are great fun and stop the album from staying in a particular style, but it is the longer tracks, where the themes are allowed to develop more gradually, which show Anders at his best ? both compositionally and instrumentally. The Hierophant is a highlight, with a soft, elegant acoustic guitar and keyboard repetition at the start, steadily opens up to a haunting keyboard theme and then some real electric guitar power after the half-way point. The Hanged Man starts almost like a modern western movie theme, before hopeful, uplifting guitar and keyboard passages take flight into the sky.

The album ends strongly with The World ? which is probably the one track that best sums up what Anders has been able to fashion on this release, and is the one I would recommend is listened to, for you to decide to explore further. Anders is a master of restraint and clean, melodic guitar playing and does not always need to show his wonderful virtuosity and dexterity for the sake of it.

22 instrumental pieces spread over a full-length CD or double vinyl album is quite a marathon, though. I found that whilst listening to it all in one sitting was an enjoyable immersive experience, I found I actually got more from TAROT by dipping in and out of the album at different times and enjoying the variety, atmosphere and intricacy exhibited by Anders across it. If you buy the CD or vinyl you will have the delightful artwork of Verena Waddell to accompany the tracks (you can even buy a full set of her illustrated tarot cards on Bandcamp). Hopefully, TAROT will provide lots of good fortune to Anders and will continue to increase his fanbase even further.

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 The Witches Of Finnmark III by BUAAS, ANDERS album cover Studio Album, 2019
4.00 | 6 ratings

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The Witches Of Finnmark III
Anders Buaas Crossover Prog

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Norwegian composer and musician Anders BUAAS has a long history as a band member of various acts in Norway, and has also been a touring guitarist for artists such as Tim Owens and Paul Dianno. In 2017 he decided to venture out as a solo artist as well, releasing the first album of his trilogy "The Witches of Finnmark". The concluding chapter of this trilogy appeared towards the tail end of 2019 through Norwegian label Apollon Records.

Those who are fond of atmospheric laden progressive rock with something of a folk music foundation will find a lot to enjoy about Anders Buaas' latest production. Well made and well produced, without any technical weak spots and with good to strong quality compositions to boot. That so many of the guitar solo runs had that Gilmourian spirit to them makes me suspect that fans of fellow Norwegian artist Bjorn Riis might also find this album to be well worth a check.

Thanks to dAmOxT7942 for the artist addition.

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