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4.00 | 6 ratings | 3 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Juice (4:14)
2. Nights'n'Days (4:48)
3. Meeting At CO (4:57)
4. When The World Breaks (4:32)
5. Void? (1:24)
6. Tribunus Ultra [Hats Off To Figrin D'An] (4:30)
7. Nebel (4:32)
8. Raga Muffin (7:20)
9. Out Of The Can (4:45)

Total Time 41:02

Line-up / Musicians

- Tjabbe Anstérus / percussion, hang drum
- Boch / electronics, cello, guitar, voice, bass
- Lars Hoffsten / drums, percussion
- Hans Bengtén / bass

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Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

released July 2, 2019

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(67%)
Good, but non-essential (17%)
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Review by TCat
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars "Ex Canix" is a Krautrock band playing experimental music from Sweden. Even though the band has mostly been playing together for quite some time, this incarnation called Ex Canix was formed in 2015. Their 2nd album released in July of 2019, is called "Shaman" and it sees the band exploring rhythms and patterns, creating a psych and raga style of mostly improvisational music which gets formed off of rhythms and sounds. Most of their music is also based around opposites: light/dark, earth/space, tension//balance, and so on. "Shaman" is comprised of 9 tracks that span a run time of 41 minutes. The current line up consists of Tjabbe Arnsterus (percussion, hang drum), Boch (electronics, cello, guitar, voice, bass), Lars Hoffsten (drums, percussion) and Hans Bengten (bass). The album is available on vinyl or digitally.

"Juice" begins with the otherworldly sounds of dissonant guitars fading in, quickly replaced with percussion, hazy, wordless vocalizations and a layer of effects. Everything remains seemingly on the border of reality, nothing is in focus as sounds and instruments swirl around, lead mostly by tense guitar sounds. "Nights'n'Days" brings in a steadier rhythm. This is underlayed again by incoherent vocals starting in a very low register and then layered with another mid-range vocal line. Percussion drives the track forward at first for a while, and then synths and guitars come in with non-melodic improvisation. Psychedelic effects are spread throughout as the vocals and organ play dreamily along and the percussion keeps everything anchored. "Meeting at CO" has a much lighter and subtle percussion and a synth induced drone flows in and out like waves. Spooky vocals moan softly as it goes along and occasional chords are struck on the guitar. This track has a more ambient vibe to it and vague raga reflections that will soothe your head.

"When the World Breaks" begins with a more distinct rhythm tapped out on cymbals and then joined with hand drums. Guitars provide a heavier layer in this track and they are soon replaced with more hazy vocals, but with more discernable lyrics and melody this time. The guitar line that keeps appearing seems to reflect the riff from "When the Levee Breaks" in Led Zeppelin's cover, but it is altered quite a bit so that only the bare bones of it resembles the riff. The lyrics seem to come from that song also. It quite a nice alternative switch up for that classic tune. "Void?" is a short, atmospheric track with whispered vocals and various improvised percussive sounds and layered effects. "Triburius Ultra (Hats Off to Figrin D'An)" is quickly established by a distinct bass line and soft percussion. Soft, exploratory synth chords play in the background. The guitar plays a mesmerizing, yet psychedelic line generated from sustained chords and effects helped along by interesting synth sounds. Again, haziness and unclarity rules through the track making it easy to access the different layers that are whirling around.

"Nebel" begins with a raga drone style and hesitant tonal percussion that provides an occasionally appearing pattern with tempo and melodic variations. This one remains on the ambient side with no real apparent rhythm. Processed sounds and effects keep everything sounding mysterious. Very nice. "Raga Muffin" is the longest track on the album at over 7 minutes. A soft, repeating synth pattern anchors the track and soon, soft percussion bring in a moderately slow rhythm. Otherworldly guitar feedback give it all a spacey vibe as the heaviest sound in the track are cymbal crashes. It all floats along in a blissful, trance-like atmosphere. Past the half-way point, the rhythm stops and we are left with floating instruments, but it soon returns before it can wander off too far. High pitched wordless vocals are also in the mix, but sometimes hard to pick out until the end. "Out of the Can" quickly establishes a rhythm with a steady, rhythmic pattern. Guitars and synths provide meandering improvisations that build in intensity as it all continues. Again, there is not much to focus on at first, but the guitar becomes louder and heavier as it goes on. This drops off after a while, and it all continues with a chaotic sound that finally buries the steady rhythm.

This album is very well produced, yet quite effectively made to evoke that unfocused feel that generates a very trance-like sound. However, buried in the tracks are unique sounds and effects, patterns and music that make each track unique and variable. The overall feel is a psychedelic sound that is very experimental, and it does mash a lot of different styles together to create the spacey vibe that overrules everything else. It can be difficult to nail down exactly one style here, but the method of not focusing on any one sound lets you choose which line you want to follow in the layers of music. However, even in it's unfocused nature, which in the case of this album is an interesting benefit, this album is still very enjoyable and immersive, never really boring as most of the tracks stay around the 4 minute mark, so this creates an album that is not only effective for background or meditative music, but also has a high entertainment aspect so that it can also be heard just for the sake of listening. This is easily a 4 star album full of great spacey and psychedelic music and a lot of interesting experimental sections and still have space to add in some ambient tracks too. Very well done!

Review by patrickq
4 stars Shaman is a percussion-heavy trip which does a good job of evoking 1970s Krautrock via digital recording.

Between its inscrutable cover painting and its non-western stylings, Shaman is easy to regard as an otherworldly journey. A brief itinerary: things get a little odd after the semi-structured, rhythmic feel of the first three instrumentals ("Juice"→"Nights 'n' Days"→"Meeting at CO"). The fourth track, "When the World Breaks," is more songlike, with English lyrics atop a Sonic backdrop like something Beck would've come up with. The only vocal song on the album is followed by the first experimental cut, "Void." With the polyrhythmic and somewhat cryptic "Tribunus Ultra," the album returns to the style of the first three tracks; but the experimentalism resumes with the atmospheric, non-rhythmic, and perhaps microtonal "Nebel." The first half-minute of "Raga Muffin" leads nicely out of "Nebel," after which some light percussion enters and remains for much of the next seven hypnotic minutes. Shaman closes with "Out of the Can," which is a but more energetic and jazzy than the tracks which precede it, but is nonetheless laid-back for its first two minutes. After this a manic guitar fades in and solos, followed by some drumkit improv which continues alongside frantic synthesizers until it all ends with little warning.

Shaman is an enjoyable voyage. It's progressive without many of the hallmarks of progressive music: only one song exceeds five minutes (the 7:20 "Raga Muffin"); there is little pretentiousness or pomposity; and the playing is decidedly non-virtuosic.

I'd recommend this album to fans of contemporary "Krautrock" and, given that many of its passages are minimalist and/or atmospheric, to those interested in electronic-progressive or psychedelic music as well. Thanks to TCat for turning me on to this group!

Review by BrufordFreak
COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars A modernized take on the music that CAN and NEU! and even POPUL VUH, ZAO, Franco Battiato, and AREA were experimenting with in the 1970s. Sounds as if BRIAN ENO were to have produced CAN back in the day.

1. "Juice" (4:14) rhythm-based psycho-babble/chant. A Top Three song for me. (9/10)

2. "Nights'n'Days" (4:48) bass, percussives, atmospherics, and heavily treated vocal ramblings. Throw a little DAVID SYLVIAN-JON HASSELL-sounds in there and what you have is awesome! Another Top Three song. (9.25/10)

3. "Meeting At CO" (4:57) drone like opening strums with hand drums and other percussives establish an odd-time base upon which vocal whisperings and moans enter and float around. Hypnotic STEVE JANSEN-like rhythms and HOLGER CZUKAY-like sounds! (8.75/10)

4. "When The World Breaks" (4:32) throw in a little Mississippi swamp slide guitar with some deranged-sounding vocals and you have a song! (8.25/10)

5. "Void?" (1:24) theatric scare tactics. (4.75/5)

6. "Tribunus Ultra [Hats Off To Figrin D'An]" (4:30) full on CAN with some more modern keys interspersed among the hand drums and drums. Very cool imitation! (8.75/10)

7. "Nebel" (4:32) more meditative like POPUL VUH or ENO-HASSELL collaborations. (8.25/10)

8. "Raga Muffin" (7:20) organ arpeggi open this one before bass and percussion make themselves prominent. Ultimately a pretty and very hypnotic if slightly long song. (12.5/15)

9. "Out Of The Can" (4:45) full on drums with congas, bass, and organ! A real song with a rock format! And it's awesome! Great swirling organ play, great jazzy bass lines, great drumming, and awesome "lead" from the synth and, later, the screaming electric guitar. My final Top Three song from this highly satisfying album. (9.5/10)

Total Time 41:02

4.5 stars; a near-masterpiece of 1970s-style Kosmische Musik and a very worthy addition to any prog lover's music collection.

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