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Psychedelic/Space Rock • Sweden


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Formed in Malmö, Sweden in 2013

AGUSA is a new prog quartet, 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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4.03 | 213 ratings
Högtid
2014
3.94 | 157 ratings
Två
2015
3.93 | 171 ratings
Agusa
2017
4.17 | 111 ratings
En annan värld
2021

AGUSA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.17 | 34 ratings
Katarsis
2016
4.60 | 5 ratings
In Concert
2018
4.27 | 11 ratings
Ekstasis - Live in Rome
2018

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AGUSA Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.14 | 7 ratings
Agusa
2016

AGUSA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

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 Högtid by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.03 | 213 ratings

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Högtid
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by ElChanclas

4 stars Album Review 061: Agusa - Högtid; April 2nd 2014

Högtid (Feast in English) is the studio album debut from Swedish space, symphonic and #psychedelicprog band #agusa, and is mostly an instrumental trip, a 45 minutes very rewarding trip.

Uti Vår Hage (In Our Garden) its the opening statement of the band to the common public, an immense and circular retro symphonic track that manages to maintain an attentive listener throughout the 11 plus minutes with lots of psychedelic blues-based guitars, jazzy percussion that goes up and down, the funky and fat bass commanding the magic and the multi layers of every type of organ or keyboard available, super catchy!

Melodi Från St Knut (Melody from St Knut) is the more immediate track of the life record and brings the first true hook to guarantee additional listens! It's definitely not the strongest track on the album but it is very catchy and the guitar work towards the end is fantastic. It has that medieval enchanting minstrel-like melody that's hard to avoid and very difficult to forget.

Östan Om Sol, Västen Om Måne (East of Sun, West of Moon) delivers The Doors style looping psychedelia with tons of wonderful middle eastern sounding melodies and a crunchy and pungent guitar soloing that rips brain and ears apart, while the rhythmic section struggles to bring balance to the premeditated chaos, really masterful maneuver from this very talented prog quartet. Beauty steps in for the last quarter of the track simply enhancing the experience a little more, someone took over! Maybe the Moon???

Stigen Genom Skogen (The Path through the Forest) starts with a pretty haunting organ playing that will be accompanied briefly by the first vocals in over 30 minutes, amazing guitars again and an immense playing by bass and drums, really spectacular. The track starts building up around the constant dramatic rhythm over which layers of organ and guitars intercede and collide proving how good the band is in #spacejamming staying within the tight structure but always delivering different and new "little" sounds.

And finally Kärlek Från Agusa (Love From Agusa) where the band enters again into that melodic #jazzfusion territory they navigate so well, and all instruments have their chance to shine before leaving the listener craving for more stupendous instrumental retro oriented #symphonicprog

The Feast is a good place to start for new listeners, at least it was for me! Enjoy!

 En annan värld by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.17 | 111 ratings

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En annan värld
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DrMark

5 stars What a peaceful sonic journey demonstrating significant musical prowess. This is my first Agusa CD. It will certainly not be my last. Especially not to missed if you are a fan of the flute. Not hard to imagine one's self in a verdant forest, near a crystal clear stream with birds flitting about between the trees. Definitely 'transportive'.

While classified as Psychedelic/Space Rock, there is certainly a Folk element as well. Several members have called this album "addictive" and after listening to it once, i can see it certainly has the potential to be revisited often. At 46 minutes it seems almost to brief to me. But for two songs, the overall length is appropriate.

 En annan värld by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.17 | 111 ratings

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En annan värld
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
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4 stars Swedish instrumental prog rockers are back with a slightly shifted lineup and a much more focused retro psychedelic Prog Folk sound.

1. "Sagobrus" (25:01) nice, laid-back, simple Folk-Rock for the first five minutes. As a matter of fact, one might say that this song is divided equally into five perfect fifths. In the second fifth it goes CAMEL--or at least, tries to. All instrumentalists (guitar, organ, bass, drums) are competent and recorded and mixed fairly well, but nobody blows me away. The 1960s analog-like sound (and recording- ?) choices probably make this a great ride for people wanting to sit back and ride a nice, long wave of late-1960s nostalgia (there's a lot of Doors- and Procol Harum-like feel here). In the third fifth, the flute gives it a nice touch of Moody Blues, Focus, and Camel; the rhythm guitar play, bass, and saw-organ give an almost Supersister/Hatfield and the North funk. The fourth fifth takes a minute to define itself but ends up falling cleanly into a Pink Floyd Wish You Were Here despite the flute arpeggio that remains as a foundational motif throughout; the keyboard work and guitar are definitely straight out of Floyd. In the nineteenth minute we get another pseudo shift as the fuzzed-up bass leads over a weave of mathematic minimalism. By the 20-minute mark, we have moved into a fury of Camel-like tension building, somewhat crescendoing with the multiple guitar tracks merging and weaving in the 22nd-minute, giving it more of a Focus feel. The from 22:00 out is Camel flute and then Hammond taking turns leading the way over the driving theme carried by the rhythm section. Nice. (44.5/50)

2. "Uppenbarelser" (21:13) opens with some harp sounding like a nostalgic Celtic sea shanty. Plodding toms take over over the top of the the psychedelic synth work. This is giving me the feel of being on a journey--of some processional dance being led along the rocky Irish sea coast, flutist and dancers moving at a very slow and staccato pace, very sacred and yet also, at the same time, profanely fertility-oriented. Were it not for the organ, I would think this something that could totally be performed outdoors, while dancing along the coast! In the eighth minute electric guitars join in and the intensity rises, but then, at the 8-minute mark things thin out again, breaking down all the way to slow toms and bass. The organ, and then flute and electric guitar, take up the slow melody, and together build and build, with Cream/Eric Clapton-like electric wah guitar taking over the lead, all the way until the 13-minute mark when things break down for strummed acoustic guitar to take over leading the way. Jazzy drums, bass, gentle flute, and picked Spanish guitar make me think that the processional has moved south--perhaps into the Basque regions of Spain, or its Mediterranean coasts. Community building in the 16th and 17th minutes leads into another attempt at the guitarist to take us over the top. Unfortunately, chaos reigns over cohesion as the dance must become totally bacchanalian--until, that is, we again reach a resting/restarting point at 18:22. This is when we are reminded and/or restored to the original Celtic setting. It feels as if the message here is that it's sleep- time. The final two minutes are very bucolic in a kind of Anthony Phillips way. I do love that a cohesive story seemed to unfold here. Well done! (36/40)

Total Time 46:14

I can see how other reviews call this album full of "addictive" music--especially the second track. I, for one, love the visual and visceral image of myself fully engaged in that highly enticing fertility dance. The synth, bass, and flute performances are wonderful--never overstated or bombastic. I am not, however, very impressed with either the guitarist's electric lead work nor the drummer's timing and mix/recording/engineering choices. While I love the nostalgic feel of the retro sounds and familiar styles, I am more inclined to go back to more original material. Still, a pair of nicely composed, well-collaborated prog epic tracks.

B+/4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of progressive rock music on the retro psych-folk-rock side of things.

 En annan värld by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.17 | 111 ratings

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En annan värld
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Maurus9

5 stars The album En Annan Varld by Agusa is my first exposure to the band. Based on this album, I MUST have their entire discography. En Annan Varld is incredible and is without a doubt my Album of the Year. With every spin of these two goosebump-inducing epic tracks, I discover something new and exciting. The last five minutes of both tracks are virtuosity upon virtuosity.

This instrumental Swedish act does a great job of weaving themes and ideas together into a coherent, engaging whole. Swedish folk motifs are woven in artfully, and the whole listen is quite satisfying.

Been listening on you tube to these guys and man they are so good, a wonderfully folksy sound mixed with some very modern beats and guitars, there are times you can feel like you're walking through some vast northern forest, such an overwhelming sense of peace.

 En annan värld by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.17 | 111 ratings

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En annan värld
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by moshkito

5 stars There are very few albums that have a way to make you an addict. BEWARE. This album will end up requesting you to hear it again ... and even ask yourself ... what is this?

It is real easy to find bits and pieces of their music that will remind you of some moments in Jethro Tull, Caravan, Camel, Focus and a few other things that you have heard before. But if you think that this is about sounding like the 1970's rock sound that we love and appreciate so much, and have considered it "progressive", then, let's say that this is the modern version of that.

Unlike one other album I have heard from them, this time, there is almost no touch of the folk/rock sound they appeared to have before, and this has become a seriously well defined rock band, that knows how to extend a piece of music, and while at it ... make it nice for us ... and then some.

Both pieces in this album develop slowly and basically just explode strongly, in a way that is amazing ... what seemed like a simple song, has become a monster ... just like out addictions, right? Their development as a piece from beginning to end, is well done and probably thought out, as there does not seem to be a lot of just bare improvisation here, but a really well established piece defined from improvisation to become something that is special.

Of special talent here, is the keyboard sound, the flute and the guitar ... and they serve up a really nice combination, that never feels like you are just hearing a solo ... it seems to be very well defined into the music, so there is no "solo" per se, and the guitar punctuates the development really well, and often is setup by the flute or the organ/keyboards. The keyboard sound itself, is so nice to listen to that it will merit a 2nd (and more) listens, because it is so pretty. And the same can be said for the flute, and then the guitar, the one place where it is easy to think ... he's soloing again and everyone else shuts up ... not here, it is a part of the "symphonic" design of both of these pieces, and the expansion of the guitar parts, are really a treat.

The 2nd piece (Sagobrus) is the one that really takes me away quickly ... just as soon as you think about this or that, it takes you to another place, and does it really well, and at that point your ability to think of other bands you have heard before, just goes away, and the band lives really well on its own in your mind.

This is a highly recommended album for anyone that is serious in their "progressive" collection. The superb thing here, is the cohesion and the well defined sections and their taking the piece further and further, and never once feel like you are left behind ... instead, like me, sometimes you are just out of breath!

I don't know that one can ask for more about an album, and its music. Just super all around and highly recommended.

 En annan värld by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.17 | 111 ratings

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En annan värld
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by alainPP

3 stars For die-hard fans of the first PINK FLOYD jets, for the psychedelic side, for lovers of old prog rock like CAMEL and GENESIS or ANGLAGARD ice creams, for flute fans as in the days of JETHRO TULL, for those who adore the retro prog or vintage prog rock, for those who like to take the time to unplug their phone and dig into one of the two extended tracks from this 4th AGUSA album.

For all those who adore Scandinavia, large pieces with Mellotron and vintage instruments, which have remained with purely orchestral developments, this disc is made for you! There are two sides of more than 20 atmospheric and bucolic minutes with a mess of drawers, breaks where the flute bottles emotion by revising the sounds of the aforementioned groups.

For others, those who want to hope to listen to a recent sound, there will be a slight or great disappointment because you are indeed in a retro-prog territory of beautiful quality with reminiscences but little pure musical creation; the observation is there, the beauty of the genre does not mean musical perfection, some may be bored without saying that it is bad, we quite agree on that!

 En annan värld by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.17 | 111 ratings

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En annan värld
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Deadwing

5 stars A fantastic overlooked album, also one of my favorites from 2021.

It contains two large instrumental pieces that evokes elements of Pink Floyd, Jethro tull, Genesis and others 70's classic rock bands. Each piece has around 20~25 minutes, which makes the album clocks at 45 minutes, so this is still a surprisingly easy to listen album.

Sagobrus is a symphonic oriented piece with a recurring flute melody through it's 25 minutes length allied with different independent intermediary movements, flowing between slower, rhythmic or very intense passages. On other hand, Uppenbarelser is a lot different, slower and very atmospheric. It explores different textures before reaching to its both climaxes, and it is so far my favorite of both pieces.

 En annan värld by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2021
4.17 | 111 ratings

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Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars Agusa is a new Swedish four piece formation that started in 2013, the name is derived from the place where the band did jam sessions. Late 2013 Agusa went into the studio to record the debut album entitled Högtid, released in early 2014. During the winter drummer Dag Strömkvist decided to leave and to travel around India for a while. After a number of auditions Tim Wallander joined the band, and in the beginning of 2015 Jenny Puertas on flute became the newest Agusa member. In 2015 Agusa released the second effort entitled Två, followed by Agusa in 2017, and a serie of live albums between 2016 and 2018. And now, anno 2021, Agusa has released a new album named En Annan Värld featuring two epic instrumental compositions.

Sagobrus (25:01) : This longest track is in the 24-carat symphonic rock tradition: dynamic and varied, with lots of changing atmosperes and breaks, and coloured by a wide range of instruments. The one moment dreamy with twanging acoustic guitar and soaring flute (strongly reminding me of fellow Swedish band Anglagard) or a slow rhythm featuring a Hammond organ solo and a fiery, distorted guitar, turning in a sumptuous climate. The other moment an accelaration with Jethro Tull-like flute traverse, and a tight beat. Or from dreamy with churchy Hammond sound and moving guitar solo to atmospheric with organ arpeggios, slowly turning into more dynamic and bombastic, embellished with pleasant flute, organ and guitar work (again reminding me of Anglagard but also Camel). My highlight is halfway: a mid-tempo with a long and swirling solo on Hammond organ (evoking Peter Bardens from Camel), and strong rhythm-section, topped with a wah-wah drenched guitar sound. The shifting moods are very flowing and the band succeeds to keep my attention, bravo!

Uppenbarelser (21:12) : This other epic composition strongly differs from the previous one. First the emphasis is on ambient and atmospheric music featuring sound collages, soaring flute and organ, gradually a slow rhythm, turning into more dynamic with sensitive electric guitar leads. Then back to mellow with soaring flute, a mellow sounding Hammond joins, followed by fragile howling electric guitar runs, powerful bass work, and a short flute solo. Halfway the mood shifts to psychedelic, like early Pink Floyd, with a fiery and biting electric guitar solo, and dreamy organ play, pretty hypnotizing and compelling. In the final part (more sounding like the first composition) first dreamy with flute, then turning into bombastic with organ, guitar and flute (again Anglagard hints), and finally back to dreamy with flute and tender acoustic guitar. A pleasant variety.

My rating: 3,5 star.

 Agusa by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.93 | 171 ratings

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Agusa
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars I cannot believe how many good albums came out in 2017.

I knew Agusa from way back when I was really into stoner/psych-rock. Only recently discovered that they released this album.

They extended their sound to less stonerrock to more lush, folky, symphonic music, wich reminds me a bit of BlandBladen, but also the old masters: Camel, Caravan, Gong etc.

The music on this album features flute, organ, guitar, bass and drums but is always very colourful. The music is instrumental wich adds to pastoral feel. It is not really a trippy psych-album, it's way more than that. Probably because of the melodies and the inclusion of flute, wich is one of my favorite instruments.

Another thing I like about the band, is that although they are obviously a jamband, they never are loud and noisy and really know how to add atmosphere and melody to their music.

Strongly recommended!

 Agusa by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.93 | 171 ratings

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Agusa
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. I have to say that AGUSA's new album is their best in my opinion. This is a 5 piece band(flute, organ, drums, guitar and bass) out of Sweden. While I do feel this is their best yet that traditional Swedish Folk vibe remains fairly strong and I'm not big on that vibe. Still this was an absolute joy to listen to pre-Christmas.

"Landet Langesen" opens with some solemn flute as the bass arrives and the organ seems to echo before a fuller sound arrives with drums. There's a brief calm with guitar and drums before that full sound returns. A calm 3 1/2 minutes in as flute comes to the fore. Some nice organ before 5 minutes as the guitar echoes in this laid back section. The tempo picks up at 5 1/2 minutes. Organ and wah- wah guitar after 8 minutes. The guitar starts to cry out after 9 minutes, then the organ comes in playing over top to the end. A great start!

"Sorgenfri" opens with some beautiful guitar melodies but soon the flute takes over with picked guitar then it turns fuller. The organ kicks in after 2 1/2 minutes in this uptempo section. It's the guitar's turn to lead after 4 minutes as he lights it up. Nice.

"Den ortrollade Skogen" has an experimental intro with atmosphere and various sounds that come and go. A beat after 1 1/2 minutes then the flute joins in around 2 minutes. Soon we have a full sound with flute over top. The organ will replace the flute then we get a calm 4 minutes in. I like the organ before 5 1/2 minutes. The flute is back then a full sound kicks back in at 7 minutes.

"Sager Fran Saaris" is my favourite on here. I like the rhythm here with guitar over top before the organ takes the guitar's place. A traditional sounding section here but it changes before 2 minutes as we get a calm with flute that sounds so much like the flute on KING CRIMSONs "I Talks To The Wind". That sound returns again just before 4 minutes. In between we get a guitar solo that starts before 3 1/2 minutes. It settles right down 5 minutes in. This is so good with that beat, bass, guitar and flute that all come and go. Such a cool section. It's building 6 1/2 minutes in. Guitar before 7 minutes and it's becoming more powerful sounding. So good!

"Bortom Hemom" opens with relaxed organ as the flute joins in. Pastoral is the word. Cymbals follow then what sounds like violin. It kicks in with drums and organ after 1 1/2 minutes. I like when the guitar joins in. Great sound 5 1/2 minutes in as the flute joins in as well. Organ only before 6 1/2 minutes as it seems to start over. The rest of the band joins in. Love the guitar before 8 1/2 minutes.

This was a very pleasant surprise. I liked these guys before and their retro sound but they've upped the ante here with this self titled release. This is feel good music and who isn't into some great sounding flute and organ with lots of wah-wah guitar. Come on!

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