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LAVA appears as a psychedelic jam band from Göteborg/Sweden - not to confuse with other identically named acts which are known and allocated more or less all over the world for example like a german band from the early 70s. It all started in 2003 when some musicians came together to have fun and to realize their full potential. Some line-up changes and collaborations with poets and performers followed.

They played several concerts at usual but also unusual places all over in Sweden and are now consisting of seven respectively eight members for a longer time. Except some live recordings which were put on music cassette they released their first songs in 2008 on the austrian Sulatron label. The self-named album contains six tracks - mostly free form jams which they never had played live before.

The band defines a wide range of influences from american westcoach psych to canterbury on their myspace site. Similiarities to other known swedish jam bands like ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE, KAABEL or BLAND BLADEN are unmistakable but LAVA offers more transitions to krautrock with the emphasis on a hypnotic and trance mood combined with weird elements.

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Lava Psychedelic/Space Rock

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3 stars The Austrian Sulatron label, known for offering bands and albums of the psych and kraut world, now has put a (relatively) new swedish jam band on the prog stage with this release. First of all there is to say: it is not riskless to occupy the title LAVA. Several bands already existed identically named, more or less known and allocated all over the world. For example a german band which had produced 'Tears Are Goin' Home' - a praised album released in 1973. But this LAVA band started in 2003 though and jammed all around Sweden for some years before they decided to produce an album - six tracks which they never had played before - free form jams and mostly twin guitar driven. Besides some similarities to known swedish jam bands like ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE (OSC) or BLAND BLADEN they have worked out quite a unique style spiked with krautrock and jazzy elements.

Pa Trottoaren - nearly 10 minutes long - starts with a synthy overture and in the vein of a cosmic trip ala OSC reaping black tomatoes. The sound escalates more and more to a krautrocked way of expressing with a hypnotic punching bass and a weird guitar/synthesizer duel - a promising opener by all means. With Glenn the organ is on board this time and the instruments are meandering purposefully amongst the planets. T-Bone with excellent guitar contributions is my highlight and could have a place on every krautrock sampler so far. Trance pure - hypnotic and spacey - somewhat simple, but very very charming.

The short I Haäigheten is provided with weird guitar echoes and a saxophone interlude which brings a new jazzy touch fading into Det Lyckliga Mongot which follows this direction with a crazy uptempo interaction of all the instruments. The shining long track Lord Of Linne now finally is appointed with a special hypnotic mood - mainly caused by a repetitve organ, synthesizer and guitar theme additionally underlaid with a canterburiesque bass line in most parts. The song rises and falls undulatory provided with a dub feeling in between and some synthy sound effects like simulated storm for example.

A promising debut album as for the final conclusion and recommended to psych and krautrock fans - 3.5 stars.

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