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DE FLUFF

Bootcut

 

Eclectic Prog

3.09 | 14 ratings

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Angelo
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3 stars Fluffy organ sounds

I discovered Bootcut as an alternative for Beardfish at Symforce festival 2007. Both bands played in a small venue in the attic of 013 music center in Tilburg, and Beardfish filled up that space so well I could only stand at the door and listen. With Bootcut, who played after them, I was lucky enough to be close to the stage, in a far less filled room. A great gig, and halfway through I slipped out to get this album, which I played right away on the way home that night.

Bootcut is not your average prog rock act. There are no guitars or bass guitars to be found, except when played by guest musicians. Also, most of the work is instrumental on this album, despite the fact that organ and keyboard player Rikard Sjöblom does sing and play guitar in Beardfish. Here - he's the keyboard man, accompanied live only by drummer Petter Diamant. The result is a mixture of rock, funk and jazz with a lot to be found for Hammond organ addicts.

De Fluff contains relaxed jazzy pieces like Fresh Free Fruit (with guest musicians on trombone and saxophone), Istället För Att Jag Kom Till Skogen Kom Skogen Till Mig or the ballad Immortal Session with Peter's brother Rasmus on double bass. Other tracks are more funky, like Funck The Living Dead, where the organ takes over the role the guitar normally plays in funk, or the soul influenced Soul P.D., which contains a great guitar solo by metal guitarist Per Nilsson and the only track with vocals (by guest singer Chister Jägerlund). Two tracks stand out on the album for me, albeit not always for progressive rock quality. The first one of those is Mystic Dildo, which centers around variations on a circus music theme interleaved with electronic synth parts. Like it or not, it sticks in your head for days after hearing it. The second is closing track Mutta, which adds an interesting touch by means of DJ D-Cuts who is actually performing some old-fashioned scratching on vinyl turn-tables. It's part of the old hip-hop and rap style, but it blends in nicely with what the organ does on this track. Interesting to say the least.

Overall, Bootcut's De Fluff is a nice find - I play the album regularly, but it's not something to put on as background music while working. Also, it has some weaker tracks, like the rather straightforward and not so interesting Hot Chocolate. A rarety album, not a must have - except for Hammond (B3) freaks.

Angelo | 3/5 |

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