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    Posted: September 20 2005 at 16:41
I really like the folky, twitchy semi-avant stuff like Samla. I can only think of a few bands that are similar in spirit if not really in sound. These are kind of in descending order of how similar I think they are to Samla in any way at all. Some of them are kind of long shots.

Begnagrad
Pocket Orchestra
Şursaflokkurinn
Etron Fou Leloublan
Aksak Maboul
Miriodor
Uz Jsme Doma

and obviously some Lars Hollmer solo stuff (though I still haven't heard any of it!) plus Von Zamla and Fred Frith's Gravity. Maybe Cartoon, The Muffins, stuff like that.

What else is there?
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2005 at 17:28
Flying Food Circus, by Samla's own Hasse Bruniussen.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2005 at 17:47
Ensemble Nimbus, also with Hasse Bruniusson. I have two albums by them: "Scapegoat" and "Garmonbozia" which sound like two parts of one album actually. Brilliant stuff, and with all my love to Samla must admit that Ensemble Nimbus are even better than them. Also you should check Cro-Magnon and Yolk.   
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2005 at 17:57

French TV share some of SMM's sense of knockabout humour coupled with avant prog, and actually cover the Zammla Mammas Manna piece Joosan Lost/The Fate on their album The Violence of Amateurs.

You might also enjoy Birdsongs of the Mesozoic.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2005 at 18:00
Oh yeah, that French TV cover is killer. That's my favorite FTV album actually. I do like Birdsongs (especially the new live one from NEARfest) too.

Need to check out Ensemble Nimbus - that's a big hole in my collection. Don't know much about the others that have been mentioned, so I've got some stuff to check out - thanks!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2005 at 18:21
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 20 2005 at 18:38
is this the good name for a band thread??
Originally posted by darkshade:

Calling Mike Portnoy a bad drummer is like calling Stephen Hawking an idiot.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 21 2005 at 07:28
Looks like I've got some new bands to check out!  Yay!

Progreviews - I've just been getting into Hollmer's solo work. I recommend XII Sibriski Cyklar and Vandelmassa from his true solo albums and also a more distinctly RIO live release under the name of Looping Home Orchestra which features among others Fred Frith on guitar and is probably the most Samla-esque of his solo albums (at least of the ones I've heard so far anyway).
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 21 2005 at 07:30

Begnagrad
Pocket Orchestra
Şursaflokkurinn
Etron Fou Leloublan
Aksak Maboul
Miriodor
Uz Jsme Doma

...The harder the band names are to remember or to write correctly the more complex the music is? That seems to be a rule in the world of progressive music

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 21 2005 at 08:54
Originally posted by maidenrulez maidenrulez wrote:

Begnagrad
Pocket Orchestra
Şursaflokkurinn
Etron Fou Leloublan
Aksak Maboul
Miriodor
Uz Jsme Doma

...The harder the band names are to remember or to write correctly the more complex the music is? That seems to be a rule in the world of progressive music

Yes' music must be pretty simple then and the less said about If the better. One day I'm going to drink 10 pints of lager then go into a record shop and ask for something by Samla Mammas Manna, just to see what comes out.



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 21 2005 at 10:13
Originally posted by maidenrulez maidenrulez wrote:

...The harder the band names are to remember or to write correctly the more complex the music is? That seems to be a rule in the world of progressive music



Well, if this was a "Bands like Henry Cow" thread the names would be a lot easier for an English speaker. But since I'm asking about folky and non-Anglophone stuff, it seems to make perfect sense to me that you'll get a lot of non-English names.

Thanks everyone for the recommendations! TP, for your tastes I highly recommend Begnagrad (self-titled album recently reissued on CD by MIO Records) and Şursaflokkurinn (note that the Icelandic "Ş" is often spelled "th" in English). The latter band is sometimes compared to Gentle Giant but I don't really hear that; I think the Samla comparison is closer.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 21 2005 at 10:55
There's a RIO band with some folkish elements i really love called Alec K. Redfearn and the Eyesores. Check it out.
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