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AGUSA

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Sweden


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AGUSA is a new prog quartet from Malmö, Sweden, initially comprised of Tobias Pettersson (bass), guitarist Mikael Ödesjö, drummer Dag Strömkvist and finally Jonas Berge on the organ. Some of them are also known from collaborating with bands like Sveriges Kommuner & Landsting, Kama Loka and Hoofoot.

For the first time the musicians came together in early 2013. During the following summer they went out to the countryside in order to celebrate some jam sessions. The place is called Agusa, and that's why the band name finally established. In autumn they entered the studio to record their debut 'Högtid', which was released early 2014 on Transubstans Records and Kommun 2. Five authentic retro 70's progressive tunes are given, featuring dinstinctive organ work and a proper psychedelic fundament in the vein of Moonwagon, Hypnos69 and Astra.

After a handful of gigs during the winter, Dag Strömkvist decided to leave and to travel around India for a while. The band auditioned a number of drummers, and eventually asked Tim Wallander from Magic Jove to join.

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 Högtid by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.94 | 22 ratings

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Högtid
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by rdtprog
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4 stars If you enjoy Retro Prog with some psychedelic rock and Krautrock influences, this is an impressive output from this Swedish band. Mostly instrumental, the music is a display of swirling Hammond organ and ragged guitar riffs that takes you back to the 70's. Despite the longish songs, the melodic themes are running throughout the experimental and spacey excursions with a nice flow. The organ and guitars interplay is what the emphasis is on the album, but on the song "Stigen Genom Skogen", the drums gets their chance to build a momentum to follow the frenzy organ pace while the guitars take a first break before come back screaming at the end. If this album has some progressive rock structures, the guitars and organ soloing is definitely psychedelic. But everything fits so well that you don't get lost in the music searching for a melody. There's only 3 minutes of what seems like a bit of muddling passages at the beginning of the song "Östan om Sol, Västan om Måne", and where you can start wondering if the band is losing focus, but it was intended to create a interlude of stranger atmosphere before getting back to the flow of the music. Recommended!

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 Högtid by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2014
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Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars When I started listen to "Högtid" I imediately felt that this is high quality music which is unique and very well performed. I also noticed that I loves many aspects and I know that many of you would love this record, especially if you like psychedelic folk rock.

"Agusa" is a band from Malmö of southern Sweden. It's a new band which started last year and "Högtid" is therefore understandable their first record. The cover goes in the psychedelic style and the musicians are Tobias Pettersson(bass), Mikael Ödesjö(guitar), Dag Strömkvist(drums) and Jonas Berge(organ). Important for making this deep and interesting sound is Berge's organ.

The album starts with "Uti vår hage", inspired by the old Swedish folk song with the same name and which melody the band plays with. I like the though of the composition and it sounds good but the result is a bit to monotonic for me(7/10).

"Melodu från Sankt Knut" which comes then is the highlight of the album according to me. The music is light and hits the listener with the well performed and joyful melody(9/10). "Östan om sol, västan om måne" is also well played with good instrumentation and it contains fine and enjoyable themes, but the song as full is quite monotonic too(7/10). "Stigen genom skogen" has some fine instruments but the result is a little bit boring(5/10) and the conclusion "Kärlek från Agusa" is fine but too short(6/10).

Finally I can state that this is a high quality record with fine and folk inspired psychedelic music with a wonderful organ as main instrument. It's a part of a Swedish tradition with for example "Hansson & Karlsson" and "Bo Hansson" and more artists which have told mystic tales on organ. Though do this music contain to little melodies and interesting thing such as lyrics to really please me. I especially recommend "Melodi från St Knut", to anyone!

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