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Nicklas Barker


Crossover Prog

3.81 | 18 ratings

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4 stars Nicklas Barker whilst not exactly a household name, even in prog circles is certainly known to fans of Swedish heavy prog band Anekdoten, his main gig for around twenty years now. El Ultimo Fin De Semana (Our Last Weekend) is his first release under his own name and is in actual fact a soundtrack to a Spanish horror movie directed by Norberto Ramos Del Val.

Barker ditches his guitar in favour of keyboards and bass, the Mellotron being particularly prominent in this suitably dark and atmospheric soundtrack. Whilst the Mellotron is an ideal instrument to capture the haunting vibe of musical pieces he's aided by fellow Anekdoten drummer Peter Nordins, on cello Martha Barker and on violin Karolina Bergström. The generally short pieces should appeal to fans of Italian's Goblin, also known for their horror movie soundtracks and as already mentioned are dominated by mellotron, never a bad thing in my eyes. For the most part the music is fairly subdued and low key, the drums only making the occasional appearance such as on the more upbeat Chase, which could sit quite comfortably on an Anekdoten album. Good use is also made of the Theremin on a couple of tracks, an instrument brought to greater attention by being used by Jimmy Page in the Led Zeppelin film The Song Remains The Same back in the seventies.

Whilst movie soundtracks can often be dull when heard out of context there's no such problem here, the compelling haunting pieces easily standing up in their own right making this a highly enjoyable release. Essential listening for Mellotron lovers.

Nightfly | 4/5 |


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