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The trio known as DETEKTIVBYRAN were a short-lived Swedish folk band who were active in the mid to late 2000s. The group were childhood friends who relocated from Karlstad to Gothenburg around 2005 to pursue a music career. The band recorded an early, self-released EP ('Hemvägen') in 2006 followed by 'E18 Album', full-length version of the EP with additional marerial in 2008, distributed by the Japanese jazz & blues label P-Vine. A second and final studio album followed ('Wermland'), also self-released but which at one point achieved a Swedish Top-10 ranking.

Following the departure of percussionist Jon Nils Emanuel Ekström in 2009, the band abandoned work on a third LP before disbanding altogether in 2010.

Detektivbyrån's music, while rooted in Swedish folk tradition, is characterized by modern instrumentation, synthesized and recorded sounds, and occasional pop/dance rhythms.

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Detektivbyrån Prog Folk

Review by kenethlevine
Special Collaborator Prog-Folk Team

3 stars The danger in building play lists composed of multiple artists and then playing the tracks at random is there always seems to be one group that doesn't fit in and leaves you reaching for the next button whenever they appear. It was with an understanding that DETEKTIVBYRAN might be one such artist due to their quirky novelty sound that I only selected a handful of tracks from this album. They turned out to be one of the acts I looked forward to hearing, particulary to jump start a glum day or keep a long road trip on the rails.

A series of bright, whimsical instrumentals rooted in the northern European folk traditions, "Wermland" conjures some of the zippy ditties for which MIKE OLDFIELD (try "054" as an example) became known. Far from earth shattering, their use of odd instruments and non instruments alike and their penchant for melodic development make them worthy of consideration by fans of prog-lite. The beginning and rhythm of "Life/Universe" is reminiscent of CAMEL's "Pressure Points", and the track does not disappoint in its astonishingly well developed three minutes. "Generation Celebration" is not for the oom pah pah phobic to be sure, but even it deviates from any rote formula. The overall effect of listening to this entire offering is like that of attending to the rags of SCOTT JOPLIN. They admittedly all blend one into the other, but it hardly detracts from their enjoyment; in fact the massed effect improves upon the experience.

This is a solid album which is probably of limited appeal to most people here. But for those who like it, beware its ability to werm its way into your conscious and subconscious and keep you humming and toe tapping all day. Your co-workers won't understand, poor souls.


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