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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.92 | 148 ratings

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3 stars I like this sound of these songs and their slightly more sophisticated, dynamic music than that of their previous release, 2015's Två, which was more like two long, continuous, side-long jams.

1. "Landet Längesen" (10:29) pretty instrumental jam prog using vintage instrumental sounds and based upon stolen folk melody. But it works! (8.5/10)

2. "Sorgenfri" (5:00) this one sounds like a 1960s folk rock song (electric guitar chords are lifted straight out of some blues-rock jam) over which flute, organ, and electric guitar take turns soloing. (7.5/10)

3. "Den Förtrollade Skogen" (8:33) opens with a lot of spacey spaciousness: distorted guitar squealing over organ and tuned percussives. After about a minute a plodding tom-and-kick drum supports another familiar folk melody coming from the flute. After a round or two, drums, bass, and strummed electric guitar join in to create a slow blues-folk song. A break at the halfway mark allows bass, hand percussion, and wah-ed electric guitar strums and simple organ to establish a kind of Rasta/Afro-pop variation. Okay song. (7.5/10)

4. "Sagor Från Saaris" (9:20) uses a raunchy 1960s West Coast sound from the opening, over which flute enters to plays its folky melodies. Foundation sound and structure sound almost like classic rock song "House of the Rising Sun." When second section crashes in with fuzzy bass and swirling organ soloing over drums and hand percussion, it becomes a little more blues-rock and even grungy. The return to the flute-based melodies always bring it back to a proggier folk sound, though. A spacious clear out in the fifth minute is different--allowing for some more whole-band experimentation with their individual sounds. Cool! Even the way it amps up into a crescendo of sound is cool and unexpected. (8/10)

5. "Bortom Hemom" (10:19) quiet organ and gentle, breathy flute open this one up before guitar strums and arpeggi from organ and cymbal play begin a slow build to the point in second minute when everybody steps up and settles into a nice, engaging foundation over which organ is the first to take its turn soloing. Nice melody set up by the strummed acoustic guitar chord progression. My favorite song on the album. (9/10)

Four stars; a nice contribution of folk-blues Kosmische jams.

BrufordFreak | 3/5 |


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