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VON ZAMLA "1983"

Von Zamla



3.86 | 31 ratings

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4 stars 1983 is an excellent collection of live tracks from the Swedish RIO unit Von Zamla, recorded in - yes - 1983 and featuring ex-members of Samla Mammas Manna and Univers Zero.

Because I'm not familiar with Samla Mammas Manna, I can only compare this album to other RIO acts such as Art Zoyd and Univers Zero. Especially the early albums of these bands come to mind, meaning lots of Stravinsky merged with rock drums and electric bass, ethnic music influences and, in case of Von Zamla, a playful touch that makes this album a more pleasant journey then Univers Zero's usual trudge through dark and scary swamps.

But it doesn't turn into a carnival neither. Von Zamla is lighter in tone but not less intense in execution, as the playing is focussed and inspired all the way through. Harujanta can serve as an excellent example of the often burlesque turn that Von Zamla's music can take, whereas Ten Tango, Temporal You Are and Doppler are decidedly more harsh and serious.

While pleasant, melodic and generally upbeat, the many dissonant harmonies and looming rhythms will cast a dark shade disturbing the calm and quite of the snug shelter that was your living room. So be warned, don't expose other family members without warning.

Bonnek | 4/5 |


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