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Gösta Berlings Saga

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4 stars One thing is sure with this band is that every album is very different from the others, maybe this has to do with the fact that each musician comes from different backgrounds, but one thing is common they create music for fun and that has always been the case from their first to this new album. Someone came in the studio with a riff and the band plays around it long enough until they are satisfied with the result. This time most of the ideas came from the keyboard player David Lundberg which result in a spacey electronica style of an album. The producer decided to bring more new synthesizer sounds apart from the usual mellotron sound. The funny thing is that sometimes it sounds like synth pop music, see the song "Over and Out". The music has that little dark mood, but it's never dull. They enjoy experiment with sounds and extend the melody in a trippy atmosphere. It's not your static electronic music, the melody is there and if the guitar is more in the background in this album the synthesizers parts are so impressive that you won't miss the guitar. You will be seduced by the catchy melody of the song "Over and Out". "Capercaillie Lammergeyer Cassowary & Repeat" show some Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze influence. which is spread out through the album." The Shortcomings Of Efficiency" is the only song that reminds me of the first influence of the band with more guitar in the Anekdoten style. The album ends with another fine piece "Fundament".
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kev rowland
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4 stars Named after the debut novel of Swedish author Selma Lagerlöf, which was published in 1891, GBS are a band who have always gone their own path, from their early days as a duo to where they are nearly 20 years later, now operating as a quartet. Founders Alexander Skepp (drums) and David Lundberg (Fender Rhodes, Mellotron and synthesizers) are still very much at the helm, while Gabriel Tapper (bass, Taurus pedals) has been there since 2004. Guitarist Einar Baldursson parted ways with band not long after the release of the album, and he has been replaced by Rasmus Booberg, who apparently also provides clarinet, synthesizer and humming!

The immediate reaction when hearing this album is that while the band have obviously been inspired by Tangerine Dream in many ways, this isn't all about complex layered synthesisers and repeated patterns. Some of the most poignant aspects of the album can be heard on "Artefacts", where the use of simple notes from the top of the piano's register takes the music into a whole new area. The feelings from that are very different indeed to the bombast of "Capercaillie Lammergeyer Cassowary & Repeat" which follows, which moves far more into areas normally reserved for the likes of Art Zoyd. Here is a band demonstrating that music which is mostly keyboard-based can be dynamic and powerful, bringing Krautrock themes and styles into the modern age while never moving too far away from the Seventies roots. Well worth investigating further.

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