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MY BROTHER THE WIND

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Sweden


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Swedish outfit MY BROTHER THE WIND consists of Nicklas Barker (of Anekdoten fame), Mathias Danielsson (Makajodama, formerly of Gösta Berlings Saga), Ronny Eriksson (Magnolia) and Tomas Eriksson. The foursome were not too familiar with each other when their debut effort was recorded at a concert held in May 2009. The venue for the occasion was Drop Out in the Swedish city of Åmål, the latter a small place that made it's name in the history books following the Swedish motion picture Fucking Åmål, a movie about teenagers living in a place where nothing ever happens.

It's safe to state that something indeed has happened in the city by now though, and the recording of 'Twilight in the Crystal Cabinet' is certainly one event worth noting. In the spirit of improvisation the album as such was actually finished the day after the concert, and have awaited release ever since. And in the summer of 2010 Swedish label Transubstans Records finalized this adventure by releasing the album.

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3.77 | 54 ratings
Twilight In The Crystal Cabinet
2010
4.00 | 157 ratings
I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity
2011

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 I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 157 ratings

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I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity
My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars I felt a little trepidation at the start of listening to this latest album from My Brother the Wind - the long opening section of Fire! Fire!! made me worry that this was the sort of early krautrock- influenced space rock band who'd spend the entire album jamming away as though they were just about to launch into something awesome but never quite bringing the awesome. I needn't have worried; once the track slooooowly came into focus, I found it and the subsequent pieces to be an excellent space rock journey reminiscent of the very best of the early improvisations by the likes of Tangerine Dream or Amon Duul II.

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 I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2011
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I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity
My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by tszirmay
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4 stars It wasn't easy hunting this sucker down, but persistence paid off handsomely with the arrival of this interesting release from Sweden. Being in a psychedelic mode of late, I have been scouring the stars for some bass guitar-fueled sonic rides and this falls right in line with recent Moonwagon, Mantric Muse L'Ombre della Sera and Giorgio C. Neri albums. There is something about cosmic dirge influencing the gas pedal as one is tearing down the empty highway on a clear sunny day. Phew! "Fire!Fire!Fire!" has all those qualities and more, an ardent and explosive convulsion of sound that exemplifies the space genre, dense and hypnotic. Niklas Barker (Anekdoten) leads the charge with the Eriksson lads handling the bass and drums driving their jam- infested space drool with little remorse. Its classic blast-off music, with a heavy booming bass carving out a specific orbit around the sun and washes of colossal mellotron and synths spraying the stars. The dual electric guitars provide some serene psychedelia, scouring and searing notes that induce a sense of weightlessness and further the trip. I am reminded of Steppenwolf's classic "Magic Carpet Ride" instrumental section, a very retro sound that has plenty of staying power. This is 13 minutes of sophisticated bliss. Play it Loud! "Pagan Moonbeam" is more acoustic in feel, a gentle drone and pastoral lilt, with a slight Hindu tinge (the sitar sounds are played by Matthias Danielsson and the shrill organ by Tommy Eriksson). Definitely a step into a parallel world of interstellar overdrive. This cosmological interlude is twinned with the mellotron-raging "The Mediator between Head and Hands Must be the Heart" a brooding, opaque and hefty slab of propulsive drumming entwined with a rabid bass, both serve as appetizer to the next epic ride the nearly 11 minute "Torbjorn Abelli". In typical Scandinavian prog style, rivulets of icy chords coalesce to form patches of glowing sonic sunshine, interspersed by menacing colorations and highly evocative soundscapes that play with one's imagination. Speed here is not an issue, the effortless mood just soldiers on at its own leisurely pace, undaunted and unafraid, drenched in the swirliest psychedelia. The progression is inexorable, an unchained beast of sound and fury that takes no pride in just being there. There is a purpose and a mission to take the listener far away into the deepest realms of space. The dual guitars craze mightily, careening bass and drums provide the insanity. "Under Crimson Skies" is raunchier, almost 70s like zaniness in the chord progressions, a huge caravan of slick phrasings and insane soloing. This is space rock in improvised jam mode, free of direction, time and space. It's a trip. The title track is equally hypnotic, excruciatingly deliberate like some warp-driven monolith, mysterious and yet present in a comfortable way. Floating ecstasy in so many notes. Not as highly rated as the two Moonwagon albums or that stunner from Mantric Muse, but close enough.

4 squall comrades

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 I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2011
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My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars.To my ears this is a definite step up from their debut. It has more of a psychedelic vibe, or maybe it's more atmosphere i'm not sure but I like this a lot more. It really comes across as being a trippy, Krautrock album from the seventies to my ears.

"Fire ! Fire !!" has a fairly powerful soundscape early on as the guitar makes some noise. Check out the bass 5 minutes in, it reminds me of Geddy. It starts to settle back some around 9 minutes and it sounds like mellotron after 11 minutes. "Pagan Moonbeam" has an ethnic vibe to it. It settles down after 3 minutes to end it. "The mediator Between Head And Hands Must be The Heart" is drum and mellotron led early on. This is repetitive but good.

"Torbjorn Abelli" is spacey with guitar. It's building some as the bass and drums join in. It settles after 10 minutes to end it. "Under Crimson Skies" hits the ground running as the guitar solos over top. It turns spacey before 4 minutes as the beat continues. The guitar solos tastefully before 6 minutes. Beautiful stuff. "I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Infinity" opens with water sounds as the guitar and bass join in. Drums too as it builds. Spacey sounds as well. Great sound here ! Water and birds sounds end it.

You know I don't remember mellotron being on the debut although they don't show it as being on here either but it sure sounds like it. Regardless, more atmosphere and psychedelia is always a good thing in my books.

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 I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 157 ratings

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I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity
My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Neu!mann
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4 stars The sophomore album from "My Brother the Wind" handsomely fulfills the promise of their excellent debut ("Twilight in the Crystal Castle", 2010), adding another pristine feather to a still freshly blocked cap. The young Cosmic Rock quartet achieves here a level of confidence only suggested on their earlier effort, clearly audible in the feedback-heavy one-chord frenzy of the new album's opening salvo, "Fire! Fire!!" (I would have added a few more exclamation marks, myself).

Check out the band's own video for proof, linked right here on their Progarchives page. It's not your typical YouTube promotional whitewash, but a dynamic visual document of the actual album track being created in real time, live in the studio without any overdubs. Other groups have tried to master the art of intuitive music-making. But these guys are fast becoming masters of spontaneous combustion.

And that pretty much sums up the band's work ethic: capture all the energy on the first take, and give it all you've got. The new album took nearly twice as long to produce as their almost instantaneous debut (meaning: four hours instead of two). And the extra effort adds more variety to the music, enriching the band's entirely improvised, twin-guitar psychedelia with a healthy smattering of Mellotron and organ highlights.

Fans of Scandinavian Prog may recognize guitarist Nicklas Barker, moonlighting from the heavy rockers of ANEKDOTEN. Being released from the pinpoint discipline of his parent band must have been a liberating experience, and for listeners too. At first exposure I'm reminded of fellow Scands HIDRIA SPACEFOLK, but without the obvious OZRIC TENTACLES influence, and far more attractively unstructured in an almost Germanic sort of way (circa 1971).

Thus the classic Krautrock head trip of "Pagan Moonbeam", with its sitar-like guitars and echoing toms. Or the ominous lysergic flashback of "The Mediator Between Head and Hands Must Be the Heart", the unwieldy moniker itself a direct link to German culture, quoting the final intertitle from the dystopian 1927 Fritz Lang silent film "Metropolis".

The longer tracks ("Torbjörn Abelli", "Under Crimson Skies") ebb and flow with a sense of real purpose, unlike the often indiscriminate noodling of other jam bands. Note the unexpected jump-start to "Under Crimson Skies", sounding as if the producer was caught napping, and how it gradually settles into a quieter but no less urgent groove before making a seamless transition to the stately daydream of the title track at the end of the album.

On the advice of a trusted Progarchives source I came to this band totally blind, without even knowing their name, let alone any of their music. And like the beneficiary of some biblical Krautrock miracle cure my eyes (all three of them) have been opened, once again, to the wide range of quality new music still waiting to be discovered in the four corners of the world.

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 Twilight In The Crystal Cabinet by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.77 | 54 ratings

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My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Neu!mann
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3 stars A fellow Progarchivist with impeccable taste recommended this new Swedish ensemble to me, and like a participant in some sort of Space Rock pyramid scheme I feel obliged to share my enthusiasm. Do likewise with ten of your own friends, and unlimited wealth (or at least some awesome music) will be yours!!

The quartet is drawn around the familiar Post Rock configuration of two guitars and a rhythm section, and likewise shows a similar affection for long, evocative album and song titles. But their music is pure, unadulterated instrumental psychedelia, offering further proof that Krautrock was never a strictly German phenomenon, and didn't fade away at the end of the 1970s.

And in the classic Kosmische Rock tradition of instant composition (as opposed to random jamming) the entire album was produced in about the same length of time it takes to play it twice: two hours, more or less (!) That sort of totally spontaneous, live-in-the-studio energy is hard to resist, especially when expressed in the rising intensity of a track like 'Karmagrinder' (possibly the best name for any piece of Space Rock, by the way), or the adrenalin drive of 'Electric Universe'.

There's a nice symmetry to the running order too, with a pair of shorter numbers sandwiched between four longer thrashes. The title track provides a brief, dreamlike respite from the harder workouts, while the aptly-named 'Precious Sanity' is a mere 100 seconds of angular guitar tuning straight from the playbook of Robert Fripp.

The extended improvisations sometimes meander a bit too far, but cut these guys a little slack, please. They had only just met when they entered the studio, and were still becoming acquainted while the tapes were rolling. Which is exactly how music of this sort was meant to be created: no fuss, no muss, no egotistical rock-star posing...just four likeminded musicians following their muse, who fortunately was in a mood to kick some cosmic butt that day.

A strong debut, with even better to come.

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 I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 157 ratings

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My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
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4 stars Swedish quartet MY BROTHER THE WIND appeared unexpectedly a few years back with their self-titled debut album, a constellation of well established musicians that seemingly out of the blue had decided to form a side project rather different in sound from what they explored in their primary projects. It was a creation well received, and many will eagerly have awaited their second production. "I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Infinity" is their sophomore album, and was released by Swedish label Transubstans Records in the fall of 2011.

My Brother The Wind is one of many bands exploring instrumental improvised progressive rock, made with an approach and sound that place it within the space rock genre. Floating, often ethereal arrangements, gentle guitar soloing and layered, wandering psychedelic oriented instrumental motifs make up the majority of such excursions , and this foursome is no exception to that.

Opening or concluding with passages featuring arrangements of a more searching and uncertain nature is a part of the package one gets too, and again a feature found on this production. Perhaps a bit too many such sequences, at least for those not already fond of this type of music. It dos take something of a trained ear to appreciate these moments. But it's when the band have found a direction and is exploring it with direction in hand that improvised space rock is an intriguing experience, and this quartet are top of the trade once they have established a pattern to investigate.

The rhythm department is the essential foundation for most bands of this ilk, and My Btother The Wind has a most excellent one. Tight, finely interwoven bass and drums motifs that shift pace and intensity in a fluid manner a strength the other instrumentalists can rely upon. And they do so in an impeccable manner, from the tight, energetic and driven landscapes explored on opening construction "Fire" Fire" to the raga-oriented themes of Pagan Moonbeam, complete with a Bo Hansson oriented organ motif, and the final gentle concluding title track "I Wash My Soul in the Stream of Infinity". Always nicely moving onwards, with a dual set of guitars or guitar and one additional instrument wandering through an initial phase fully formed or not, coming through on the other side either finishing off a journey or reorienting themselves to take on a new one. Personally I found the band to be at their very best on "Torbjörn Abelli" on this occasion, an improvisation I presume was developed as their musical tribute to the late Swedish bassist of the same name who passed away in 2010. Rather fitting that this construction is the one that made a most profound impression I guess.

I doubt if My Brother The Wind will recruit any new fans to the realms of improvised space rock with this production, as their excursions this time around to my ears appear as somewhat more typical of the genre than on their most excellent debut. But those who already enjoy music of this type can note down this CD as another must have creation, the band is excellent and their ideas and improvisations maintain a high quality throughout.

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 I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 157 ratings

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My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Heptade
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4 stars This nifty band containing Nicklas Barker, singer/guitarist/mellotronist of Anekdoten fame, carries the banner of 70s space rock and raises it high (figuratively, one would assume!). While Barker's band is generally quite dark, I'd describe this instrumental combo's sound as more "exultant". They seem to rejoice in the sheer size of the sound they can produce. The influences are mainly pleasantly vintage, with quieter passages reminiscent of Popol Vuh (track 2), raging storms that evoke vintage Hawkwind, spacy jams a la Ash Ra Tempel (track 4), and aggressively jazzy bits that remind me a bit of their Swedish contemporaries in Dungen. Some parts even remind me of the Verve's 90s masterpiece "A Northern Soul".

And of course, the glorious 'tron is in full effect all over this record. Despite the band wearing its influences on its sleeve, this music does have its own character, as all good music does. And the jams never seem indulgent - vibe is king. My personal favourite is the ultra-far-out title track, since my tastes veer more to the ambient end of things. But the whole album is a pleasure and is essential listening for fans of psychedelia, Krautrock and spacerock. Pick this one up!

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 I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2011
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Review by Guldbamsen
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5 stars Kites

During the last couple of decades, we, here in Europe, have had an underground surge of bands trying to conjure up the majestic fire breathing Krautrock of the past. Bands like Øresund Space Collective, Electric Orange, The Spacious Mind, Papir and My Brother the Wind all fit into this newly found love of free structured psychedelic music that takes its inspiration from the more esoteric of 1970s bands. I guess it is all down to one's tastes, but I find myself far more enticed, persuaded and wet in the trouser-department listening to the aforementioned acts, than I do with a lot of the current American psych bands, which rely heavily on metal, sludge and slow lethargic song structures. Somehow they feel too rigid for my tastes.

Another way of illustrating the massive leap there is between these two ocean-parted psych deliverers, try imagining these acts as kite flyers. Big yellow butterfly coloured kites swooping around in the skies. If the American kites are recognizable by the controlled atmosphere - the carefully thought out placement, where the wind is in your favour and you have just about everything under control, - then these European acts are the direct opposites. My Brother the Wind's music is like flying a kite in the heart of the city, where buildings upon buildings continue to add unnatural corridors for the wind to grow wild and increasingly unstable. Then the music is ready to start.

I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Infinity is one of those special albums, where this old trait of Krautrock seems to reach that incomprehensible level of flow. It is like flying a kite in a storm. Take the first track here, that without warning catapults itself into a high powered electric vortex with huge bursts of fiery guitar, pulsating organs and a hypnotic rhythm section that propels this magnificent excursion forward like a regular YIIIIHAAAAW space wagon. What takes this one to another level altogether is when the mood quiets down, and the wind suddenly gets audible through a series of ghost-like mellotron sweeps, that gives this listener goosebumps on the insides of his arms.

One of my favourite things about this second album is the diversity it holds. Unlike a lot of these modern day space rock flights, you have soft and mellow psychedelically tinged sections often recalling the great Indian inspiration going back into the end of the 60s - branching out in a series of stylistically enhanced groupings such as Indian folk rock, Raga-like jamming and the devotional yogi type blend one could find in the likes of Popol Vuh. It's the latter here that My Brother the Wind wields, and to tell you the truth, I have never ever come across any band, other than Popol Vuh that is, who were able to play this kind of music successfully. These are slow acoustically submersed endeavours, with lots of Eastern flavoured phrasings and the odd break away electric guitar solos, that shoot you out into the starry skies without any need of a kite.

Finishing the album off, we have the title track that again shows another side of this outfit, with its fluffy and soothing texture. It laps up against you like tiny waves in the bathtub lulling you into these beautiful guitar filled dreams with smooth yearning notes - almost telling you that it is about to end - feeling much like a slow heartfelt epilogue of the album.

This is, along with Æthenor's latest, my pick for album of the year 2011. It takes the old ideas of the early Krautrock scene - y'know the idea that music can achieve artistic merit without having to think about it for days on end making it into a building project, - but alternatively relying on what the feel of the moment is giving off at any given time during recording. Just like CAN did a couple of decades back - My Brother the Wind bring the idea of instant song writing to the fore, with but the odd chance of sprucing the thing up afterwards by adding a whiff of sweet mellotron.

It's all based around certain guitar riffs, that all of a suddenly behave like those wild and frantic kites, that I was on about before - they suddenly gain altitude and transform into magnificent gliding birds of sound swooping up and down with great elegance and poise - manifesting themselves in the instruments around them - taking every little part of the music on an astonishing ride up there among the feathered creatures.

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 I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.00 | 157 ratings

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My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Prog North

5 stars

My Brother The Wind is a 4 man collective from Sweden, who play improvised space/psych/prog. The men responsible for this effort are all from other bands - Nicklas Barker ( Anekdoten ) on guitars and mellotron, Mathias Danielsson ( Makajodama ) on guitars and sitar, Ronny Eriksson ( Magnolia ) on bass and Hammond organ and Tomas Eriksson ( Magnolia ) on drums and percussion.

The first thing you notice about this album is the space. Not of the cosmic variety in this sense, but that the songs are allowed to breath and take shape, forming around a solid core, but on the outside of that core having the feeling of being ready to splinter and soar off into the universe. Not to worry, the 'Wind' somehow manage to keep it all together and make it all sound very cohesive. This is trance inducing, mind blowing music that carries you on a wonderful journey through the cosmos.

First track 'Fire! Fire!' starts the journey off in fine form. Almost like the starting of the engine, the guitar, keys and drums look for that spark that will cause all parts to work as a whole and when the bass line kicks in, this is the spark that unites! At 13 minutes long, this is a space/psych workout with soaring guitars, wild - almost out of control - drumming and that bass line keeping it all together. When the mellotron really kicks in near the end of the song you know you've dropped the booster rockets and are settling in for the rest of the trip. A great opener.

Track 2 is the much shorter and beautiful 'Pagan Moonbeam'. Acoustic guitar and sitar give this number a wonderful Indian feel as bass and drum move the song along at an almost plodding pace. The real highlight of the song for me though is the keys. It adds an early Pink Floyd touch over top of the Indian base. This one could've went on for 13 minutes also and I would have been perfectly happy with that!

Track 3 is 'The Mediator Between Head And Hands Must Be The Heart'. This is where the boys really kick up the improvisation. This song seems to be built upon Tomas Eriksson's drum line. It's almost like they said "okay Thomas, you play something and we'll all join in". However the track came about, it still evokes that 'floating through space' feel with the somewhat creepy mellotron seeming to pull it all along. By the end of the number, Thomas' drums seem to retreat from being the lead instrument and falls into rhythm with the rest of the band. Good stuff!

Track 4 'Torbjorn Abelli' is the slow burner of the bunch. The rhythm section of bass, drum and guitar slowly but surely move along at a nice pace while some outstanding lead electric - I assume from Mathias Danielsson - rips through it all. A hint of mellotron far in the background just adds to the depth and beauty of this number. This one just continues to ramp up for 11 minutes, with an added bonus of a second guitar lead - I assume from Nicklas Barker - at the back end of the song, until it closes out softly. The perfect space rock song!

Track 5 'Under Crimson Skies' is a foot tapping mind blowing full out bluesy/jazzy rock jam, for the first three and a half minutes anyways. This is re-entry folks! The rest of the song is very cool and calm, with great guitar sound, walls of spacey sounds, and bass and drum bringing it ( us ) all home. Another 10 minute epic!

Track 6 'I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Eternity' puts our feet firmly back on ground as it begins with the calm sound of a rippling stream and with light guitar, keys and rhythm section taking us to the end, where stream and chirping birds close it out. A perfect way to end the trip. Beautiful!

This is the kind of album that reminds me why I love music so. It really can take you on a journey. From the tension of initial take off, to the relaxed semi-comfort of the middle part of the trip, to the nervousness of landing and the thankfulness of being home. This album conveys those feelings and it is why, it's my favorite instrumental album from last year. You don't need lyrics to tell a story, when you have musicians with this sort of vision and talent. Well done.

5 out of 5

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 I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2011
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I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity
My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak

5 stars Wow! This is amazing music that everyone simply must hear! Incredible atmosphere created by inspired musicians of supreme talents. Hypnotic, trance-inducing, virtuosic instrumentalists improvising in perfectly harmonius, entrained grooves. Check out the live in the studio YouTube video of "Fire! Fire!" put out by their recording company, TransubstansRecords. It's awesome! Like every year, I just know I'm going to find tons of musical gems from 2011 AFTER the year has passed! What an amazing year for prog music! IMHO I think it will go down in history as THE BEST YEAR EVER for music. Thank you Internet! Thank you PA! Thank you YouTube! Thank Progstreaming.com!

EVERYBODY: Get on this train! This is human expression at its creative best--at its highest potential! Five stars without questions or qualm! This is ESSENTIAL music not just for prog lovers or even just for music lovers but for any human being that might aspire to squeak out the most of their human potential. Ride the waves of Ronny Eriksson's bass lines. Fly into the stars with Mathias and Nicklas' guitar (and keyboard) sounds. Dance across mental planetscapes with Tomas Eriksson's batterie play. Music not to be missed!

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