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Autumn Breeze


Symphonic Prog

3.45 | 8 ratings

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2 stars Heading to their only official release during the 70's, Autumn Breeze appeared in a radio show in 1978 in a performance, where original singer Leif Forsberg appears to have left the band with Birgitta Nilsson remaining the only member responsible for the vocals.This archival recordings contain alternative versions from three of the ''Demo tapes'' tracks along with unreleased material.It was published by the group in 2009 again on their own My Records.

The sound here is mainly along the lines of Heavy/Psychedelic Rock with lots of flute work and evident symphonic leanings in the soaring keyboard parts.Obviously they wanted to sound quite original, but the bootleg quality of the recordings somewhat buries the good ideas of the group.The music is pretty raw and largely instrumental with extended flute solos in the vein of JETHRO TULL and electric guitar as the leading instrument, offering both melancholic and upbeat tunes in the rhythmic and solo parts.The sound is pretty dated with bluesy influences around and the only thing reminding of the period is the use of synthesizers, which add an atmospheric flavor.KEBNEKAISE and KAIPA vibes are also evident in the folkier and more ethereal moves, although the group avoids any certain melodic content in the sake of heavier and more psychedelic soundscapes.However the combination of electric guitars and synths in some tracks is really attractive and shows a band with a good potential, even if this premature material present a confusing and rather inconvinving sound.

This document shows Autumn Breeze struggling to find a sound of their own, passing through straightforward and more progressive paths at the same time, while the quality of the recordings is pretty mediocre.Recommended to fans of the band and those fond of 70's Psychedelic Rock with a rough edge...2.5 stars.

apps79 | 2/5 |


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