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Psychedelic/Space Rock • Norway


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Founded in Bergen, Norway in 2011

PROFESSOR TIP TOP from Bergen, Norway, is a group playing fine progressive music with a retro sound and lysergic touch, which serves a very psychedelic aura. The songs are partly melodic with vocals, while adding longer instrumental parts of guitar, analogue sequencers, vintage synths and keyboards in between. Inspiration and influences are the 60'/70's versions of Gong, Yes, Pink Floyd, and the Canterbury scene. The band started in 2011, but the members are veterans with a musical background starting in the early 70's.

The lyrics are written by singer Svein Magnar Hansen. As an atheist, he finds the spiritual music in the band a good place to describe a world without divine entities, not without humour and silliness. The music is written by Sam Fossbakk, guitarist and passionate synth nerd, where bassist Stein Høgseth and drummer David Sundby are providing an excellent rhythmic foundation. Mastered at Abbey Road Studios 'Exobiology' is the group's third album. Although the former albums were well reviewed, this third album has developed the band's own identity in a more psychedelic manner.

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4.00 | 2 ratings
Aoum
2012
4.00 | 1 ratings
Are You Empirical ?
2012
3.88 | 5 ratings
Exobiology
2016
3.96 | 17 ratings
Life Is No Matter
2017
2.76 | 15 ratings
Hybrid Hymns
2019

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 Life Is No Matter by PROFESSOR TIP TOP album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.96 | 17 ratings

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Life Is No Matter
Professor Tip Top Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by madcap68

4 stars Well, how many real prog hipster friend do you have? I mean, real proggy hip? If I'd chop off most fingers of one hand I could still count them... And I'm not speaking of my god pals sharing happy memories of the Floyd, early Genesis, early Marillion and the like. Those with the insatiable appetite for new, daring adventures.... So, anyways, if you're congregating next time, your prog hipster friends and you, all the two of you, this is the album not to play then! This is more the not-quite, but still a little proggy album to play to wives, girlfriends or friends without our fine delicate and dedicated tastes ;-)

This definitely is one of the albums that indeed deserve the "melodic prog" label and there's nothing wrong with that, really! Beautiful melancholic music with more than a hint to Pink Floyd (Gilmour era mostly) and traces of other usual suspects of the melodic corner, Camel, Alan Parsons Project. I also seem to hear a certain timbownessness in Svein Hansen's singing (but again, more melodic than the esteemed Mr Bowness).

And what when that hipster friend comes for a listening session? Well, I'd recommend Stephan Thelen's Fractal Guitar or Kotebel's Cosmology Suite ;-)

 Hybrid Hymns by PROFESSOR TIP TOP album cover Studio Album, 2019
2.76 | 15 ratings

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Hybrid Hymns
Professor Tip Top Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by TCat
Collaborator Eclectic Team

2 stars Professor Tip Top is a psychedelic / space rock band from Norway. They were founded in 2011 and, including the album "Hybrid Hymns" released on February 22, 2019, have 5 full length albums in their discography. Currently, the band is comprised of four members; vocalist and lyricist Svein Magnar Hansen, Sam Fossbakk who writes the music and plays guitar and keyboards, Stein Hogseth on bass, and Charles Wise on drums. "Hybrid Hymns" has a total of 12 tracks ranging from just over one minute to 6+ minutes.

The album begins with a short introductory track "Black Holes, Part 1" which begins with a swirling synth patterns and melody. Vocals are spoken and are a series of questions about black holes, the universe and etc. This lead into "An Akward Choice" which continues the synth lead and Hansen's mellow vocals start. The beat and instrumentation is Floydian and sticks with a soft and lush sound. The lyrics are spiritual, but in a non-deity sense since the lead singer is atheist. The guitar solos in the middle and end are nice and atmospheric and backed with smooth synths. "Machine Emotions" stays with the soft lush sound, but moves away from the Pink Floyd inspired sound in this track and make their own sound. The topic of the lyrics is about whether robots have feelings and how would they use them. The vocals are airy and a bit weak and so is the instrumental support here. The instrumental break moves into an Alan Parsons style, upbeat, but soft rock with a slightly progressive feel.

The band strives for a more classic sound on "The Dogs are Coming" with an arpeggio loop on the synth and a move back to a floydian sound with a lush guitar playing a Gilmour style melody for this instrumental. "Data Mining" starts off as a typical prog pop track, but soon switches up the tempo to an almost catchy two-step and then returns to the smooth sound again with a light jazz style guitar solo. The problem is, it is all quite light weight, both the vocals and the music, so it's just not very convincing even with the changing meters. "Light Generator" is a short track with metallic effects and the synths build with a short crescendo. "Turing Machines" attempts for the airy soft-art-rock sound of Alan Parson's "Time". The music tries to create an interesting middle section, but comes off sounding flimsy.

"Passion" is a nice instrumental based around a guitar melody. It is one of the better tracks on the album, but it really isn't very progressive, and except for the middle part, is a bit repetitive, but it is a nice track. "Hybrid Minds" returns to the pop progressive sound and continues to be unconvincing. At least Alan Parsons progressive pop was mostly convincing. "Closer" utilizes a more complex pattern and is connected with string like effects. It is another instrumental, but repeats the same melody over and over with little variation. "The Final Night" has very little emotion evident anywhere. "Black Holes, Part II" finally ends this mostly lackluster album.

I do see what the band was trying to do here. They tried to make a progressive / pop-like album, drawing on the lush PF sound and copying Alan Parsons Project's popular sound, but forgetting to really put much substance into the music. The overall sound is quite mellow and airy, but in a bad way as there is not much emotion anywhere. The lyrics are okay, but get kind of tacky at times. Overall, the album just falls flat and doesn't rise above anything better than just mediocre.

 Exobiology by PROFESSOR TIP TOP album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.88 | 5 ratings

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Exobiology
Professor Tip Top Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Norwegian band PROFESSOR TIP TOP, despite being rather less than visible in the media, is a venture that has been ongoing for quite a few years. They have three studio albums to their name so far, and "Exobiology" is the most recent of those. This production first appeared back in 2014, but was reissued on CD in 2016 by the Norwegian label Apollon Records.

If you fancy and think you might enjoy a band that explores psychedelic progressive rock in a few different varieties, with subtle cosmic flavoring as the recurring trait on an album that in style ranges from folk-oriented escapades through Pink Floydian landscapes and more synth- and keyboards-driven pieces closer to the likes of Tangerine Dream, then this CD by the curiously named band Professor Tip Top is one that should be worth investigating!

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