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4.11 | 51 ratings

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4 stars A very smooth, downbeat and classy album from a band who are slowly gaining momentum and, hopefully, a little recognition for their work.

"Koralrevens Klagesang" is summed up by its ringing, unusual instrumentation - a touch of brass or synthesized vibes/electric piano surrounds most of the songs with inviting warmth. If you have previously felt uneasy over the avant-prog tendency to play mainly short and sudden notes then to listen to this album is to gain a new perspective on the genre, as it reverberates gloriously, often to the point of bringing Bohren & The Club of Gore, Mike Oldfield's suites or the most luxurious-sounding post-rock bands to mind.

Each song is justified by at least one interesting musical idea. "Snill Sang på Bånd" is a very inventive jazz-based track which brings to mind luminaries such as Zappa and Tipographica, and is as charming and natural as their output. "Etyde" is underpinned by muted guitar playing that sounds like Mr. Fripp slowly slipping out of his favourite scale, and when 12-strings and flutes are added to the track in its closing moments, it becomes irresistibly lush.

None of what I've described sounds half as challenging as your average RIO band, and the reason that "Koralrevens Klagesang" only receives 4 stars from this reviewer is that it seems very safe in certain places where a musical leap would have been appreciated. Luckily, this restraint makes the album that much more accessible to people who don't consider themselves avant-prog fans - two spins of this and you'll be digging back through the ReR catalog, along with Panzerpappa's back discography.

laplace | 4/5 |


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