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Charlie & Esdor


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.69 | 7 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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4 stars This compilation contains the "Grönt är Skönt" EP songs with other unpublished recordings of the group, and thus contains the largest official selection of the band's material. Their maybe best composition "Dagen är Över" is presented here twice, creating a circular theme reference to the album, and showing their talent in both studio with guest musicians, and as a duo on stage (maybe at Gärdet). The band's music is probably a compromise of progressive concept both in the context of artistic innovative rock music of the 1960's/1970's, and also the less adventurous political "progg" music of Swedish. The Incredible String Band comes into my mind from sitar, folk rock style and long wailing untrained male duo voices. Some songs resemble more The Jimi Hendrix Experience due violent acid guitar and straightforward aggressive drumming, "It's All Over Now" sounded Jimi's Driving South radio live jam, and "Fuck The Cops" as a hybrid of Little Miss Lover and Purple Haze. The original provocative lyrics are sadly not heard on this record. The title song of the EP "Grönt är Skönt" sounds more like Bob Dylan amplified 1970's songs. The only English sung tune "How Does It Feel to Be Without Friends?" is quite painful listening experience somehow, maybe due vocals and negative feeling of the song. Other tracks in Swedish are quite simple folk rock structural tunes, with some audio soundscapes attached to them. Interesting music, being partly very good, partly not so appealing to my personal tastes, but certainly appearing interesting and recommendable for fans of global and Swedish psych folk prog rock scene.
Eetu Pellonpaa | 4/5 |


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