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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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3.74 | 60 ratings
Twilight In The Crystal Cabinet
2010
4.06 | 152 ratings
I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity
2011
3.32 | 31 ratings
Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One
2014

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4.79 | 5 ratings
Live At Roadburn 2013
2014

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 Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.32 | 31 ratings

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Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One
My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

3 stars A collective comprised of members of a diverse range of bands such as Anekdoten (Nicklas Barker), Magnolia (Ronny Eriksson) and the Gösta Berlings Saga (Mathias Danielsson), Swedish band My Brother The Wind deliver their third album `Once There Was a Time When Space and Time Were One', and it's another fully improvised, reliable collection of heavy psych rock, space music and immersive Krautrock sounds. The results are always enjoyable, if sometimes lacking something truly thrilling, but genuinely lovely moments still emerge throughout the disc.

After an opening `Prologue' of psychedelic drones, phasing sounds and backwards effects, the meandering yet joyful `Song of Innocence - Part 1' smoulders with slow-burn electric guitar embers and murmuring bass in the manner of the most mellow moments of Agitation Free and the Oresund Space Collective. After being sucked into a whirling vacuum of spinning feedback, the band crash back to Earth with `Ufo'-era Guru Guru-esque howling raggedness driven home by incessant pounding drums from newcomer to the group Daniel Fridlund Brandt. `Into the Cosmic Halo' lurches back and forth in tempo with scuzzy early Hawkwind-like charm, but it's really just a framing for aimless guitar soloing. The more meditative `Misty Mountainside' is an Indo/raga rock- flavoured droning acoustic guitar respite, with hypnotic flute ruminations reaching for the heavens.

`Garden of Delights' is a slowly building twelve minute guitar jam that grows in intensity with nice middle eastern themes slowly emerging, but although the piece is probably twice as long as it should be, the blanketing of unsettling Mellotron choir in the finale satisfies. `Thomas Mera Gartz' is a groaning sustained-note electric guitar and chimes drone, the title track is another dreamy acoustic guitar raga with thoughtful bass interjections, and `Epilogue' is a brisk and sumptuous up- tempo Mellotron soaked beauty. Spirited acoustic guitar races alongside sprightly drumming, warm relentless bass and glorious Mellotron rises and falls on clouds of hallucinogenic bliss.

`Once There Was a Time When Space and Time Were One' ticks plenty of the right boxes in the genres mentioned above, but some stretches get a little monotonous or fail to truly engage. It also has to be said that the shorter, ambient and reflective moments are more interesting than the heavier overlong jams, and they're also disappointingly the shorter pieces on the album. Still, this is a nice album, and the fanciful hazy cover artwork just lifts it that little bit higher still!

A solid three star album.

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 Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.32 | 31 ratings

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Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One
My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Neu!mann
Prog Reviewer

3 stars On their latest-to-date voyage My Brother The Wind takes a scenic detour from the noisier psychedelic flights of the band's first two albums. Previously their music was born in a rush of spontaneous enthusiasm, from conception to recording to real-time mixing all within a matter of hours. A little more deliberation clearly went into this session, and as a result the impact isn't as immediate.

But the album has its own specific resonance, on reflection a sign of maturity instead of a lack of passion (my knee-jerk initial reading). It's all about sustaining a uniform mood and emotion, minus some of the brash, youthful intensity that illuminated their earlier output. The "Prologue" begins with an unexpected strum of luscious 12-string guitar, and the matching "Epilogue" ends the album in a haze of prolonged guitar harmonics, adrift in the aether. In between is a brace of otherworldly one-chord vamps, somewhat stereotypical to be sure, but on further exposure making a virtue of the band's attractive reto-'70s attitude.

The change of pace was cued in part by newcomer Daniel Fridlund Brandt, replacing Tomas Eriksson on the drum stool and bringing a measured rhythmic intensity to the quartet's otherwise incendiary space jams, in effect positioned as a tether holding the two guitarists in check. If the drummer's role in a band is to "stoke the fire" (quoting Jack DeJohnette, who ought to know), the flames in this set resemble a comfortable bed of embers instead of the raging blaze heard on their first albums.

Or perhaps the poached egg came before the steamed chicken, and it was the new musical direction that required a different improvisational approach. Either way, the results might actually prove more rewarding in the long run, for both the group and its fans. The fraternal wind isn't the same brisk zephyr we might have been expecting, but a cooling breeze can still be refreshing after a long hot spell. In cosmic terms, the album is perhaps analogous to the silent but awesome echo of an expanding interstellar nebula, eons after a cataclysmic supernova explosion.

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 Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.32 | 31 ratings

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Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One
My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Jazz-Rock/Fusion/Canterbury Team

3 stars This is a more diverse mix of improvisational jams caught on tape than the previous studio album. Unfortunately, several of the songs fail to either engage me from the or else they fail to develop enough during their play to keep my interest (I can only listen to improvisational soloing for so long); the background grooves remain too static or else do too little of interest to gain my notice. (Even with close headphones listening.) The increased use of Mellotron is amazing wherever and whenever it is used, especially on "Garden of Delights," "Thomas Mera Gartz," and "Epilogue."

Song #2, "Song of Innocence, Part 1" opens wonderfully with a guitar sound like THE AMAZING or Jesse Colin Young's "Get Together"--which continues to wend and weave throughout the duration of the song. The drum play is quite enjoyable but the bass is very boring. This is unfortunately an example of both the strengths and weaknesses of this album: some great tracks are accompanied by some very boring parts. Favorite songs: the addictively groovin' "Epilogue" (4:19) 10/10; the hard-driving "Into The Cosmic Halo" (6:40) (9/10); "Song of Innocence, Parts 1 & 2" (8:10), and the title song.

A nice listen but nowhere as mind-blowing or engaging as I Wash My Soul in the Stream of Infinity. Three and a half stars. (A little disappointing.)

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 Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.32 | 31 ratings

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Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One
My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

3 stars An eagerly awaited new studio production from this super group means a lot of expectations. At first, there is a minor change concerning the line-up to state - Mathias Danielsson, Ronny Eriksson and Nicklas Barker are collaborating with drummer Daniel Fridlund Brandt since 2013. Although having a soft spot for such music but not being active in designated genre bands beforehand the foursome have worked hard for a reputation in the space rock scene. And then their previous 'I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity', released in 2011, appeared like a bombshell, turned them into an asked live band furthermore.

When starting to listen, I thought of a mix-up with the 'Live At Roadburn 2013' recordings somehow. Both Song Of Innoscence parts as well as Into The Cosmic Halo are offering solid mid-tempo space rock with jam character, which seems familiar anyhow. Misty Mountainside cares for some stylistical change while including indo/raga with flute and congas. The album reaches for real strength then when passing into the second half. I mean the inspired, while gripping and hypnotic Garden Of Delights which shines with excellent electric guitar interplay and a melancholic mellotron drenched outro on top of it.

I would also count Epilogue to my favourites, which convinces - alongside with the title track - due to a vivid bass performance, once again equipped with Nicklas' heart-wrenching mellotron contributions. While failing to detect something essentially different or new, 'Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One' does not make progress really, can't reach for those surprising moments I could experience concerning the forerunner albums. Nevertheless, just in order to adjust the conditions a bit, this one is a good purchase anyhow, where you definitely can't do wrong.

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 Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.32 | 31 ratings

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Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One
My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

2 stars Once there was a time when space and time were one. Okey, that sounds very spiritual and I believe it is subject like that that should be discussed when you listen to My brother the wind, the Sweidsh modern psychedelic band which now has released their third studio album. This album could be a real success with many admirers and a get lot of appreciation. The cover is a lovely painting which fits my romantic point of view very much and the heavy containless music that it contains is interesting as well.

This is a totally new record and one person before me has written about it and though it was a masterpiece. "My brother the wind" is Swedish progressive super band with members from Gösta Berlings Saga: the guitarist and flutist Mathias Danielsson, from Anekdoten: the guitarist and mellotronist Nicklas Barker and from Magnolia the bassist and congaist Ronny Eriksson. The drummer in the band is Daniel Fridlund Brandt who also plays bass on one song. This music is dominated by guitars and the use of them are very talanted and the sound is light. On a first listening I though they reminded me of the fantastic guitar of Fairport Convention's Richard Thompson.

The music of this record is heavy, slow, hypnotic and certainly good to party with. The songs are long and ambient. They are nice to listen to but for me I don't hear anything that drives it. It doesn't contain melodies or structures for me to gather aroud. I would therefor, according to my taste and opinion don't call this neither interesting nor esepcially good music. I admit it's a lot of musicality here and fot being in this subgenre maybe it's awesome. I recommend listeners to at least pick one song and listen to it and I think "Epilogue"(6/10) or "Song of Innocence part 1" are the best. The others are unfortunaltely either annoying or uninteresting for me. The record is't bad so I won't go under two stars.

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3.32 | 31 ratings

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Once There Was A Time When Space And Time Were One
My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Magus

5 stars This offering from MBTW comes after their very satisfactory 'I wash my soul in the stream of infinity', an album of excellent parts. With this latest soundscape the concept from beginning to end is much more considered with the dual part Blakean Song of innocence and Boschian Garden of Delights stepping stones of a more extended musical and mystical journey, bookended by a prologue and epilogue. This leads to crescendos and plateaus that wash over one again and again. IWMSITSOI was, at times, full on and unbound, this new work seems more contained, you know what these musicians are capable of, but they reign the horse in and there is a real tension created through this contained force, that when unleashed, really shifts. An arabic influence in the use of drone, albeit hidden under layers of expert semi improvisation leads me to spin in circles. Complexity over time, like the long titles of their albums, acts as a repeat mantra. As in the the onion of St.John of Dionysius, the more you peel it the bigger it gets.

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 Live At Roadburn 2013 by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Live, 2014
4.79 | 5 ratings

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Live At Roadburn 2013
My Brother The Wind Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Einwahn

5 stars Not since the heyday of Krautrock have a band manifested psychedelic improvisation as brilliantly as this Swedish outfit. My Brother The Wind have released three improvised-in-studio albums since 2010, all entrancing musical voyages (at least for the susceptible such as myself). So a genuine 'live' performance in front of a festival audience was a logical and exciting event. And I sense there is added power in this stage-show relative to their near-concurrently released studio album 'Once There Was A Time...'. This is everything psychedelic rock should be, a kaleidoscope of sensations and impressions, drifting, lyrical, powerful. Already they are one of my all-time favourite bands.

Verdict: Far out, man.

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 I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity by MY BROTHER THE WIND album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.06 | 152 ratings

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

Review by Warthur
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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
4.06 | 152 ratings

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

Review by tszirmay
Special Collaborator Crossover Team

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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4.06 | 152 ratings

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I Wash My Soul In The Stream Of Inifinity
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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