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LARS HOLLMER will be a name very familiar to a fair number of RIO fans as the keyboard/accordionist and (arguably) backbone for much loved Swedish eccentrics SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA and their various offshoots. On top of the SAMLA/ZAMLA discographies, however, Hollmer has proved himself to be a highly inventive solo artist and a valued collaborator with countless avant-garde/progressive musicians, including the legendary RIO godfather FRED FRITH.

His solo work, which is what this entry concerns, is characterised by an unsurprising dominance of accordion and keyboards, avant-garde sensibilities tempered by a superb understanding of harmony as well as disharmony, an abundance of folk, jazz and classical influences and a playful sense of humour.

Amongst his most notable solo records are his solo debut "XII Sibiriski Cyklar", "Door Floor Something Window" - the collected live recordings of LOOPING HOME ORCHESTRA (an (intentionally?) short-lived band project), the comparatively recent "Andetag" (for which he won an award) and the ambitious "SOLA".

The music of Lars Hollmer is highly recommended to fans of RIO who still know how to appreciate a good melody once in a while. His work is absolutely essential to any but the most casual of SAMLA MAMMAS MANNA fans.

Why this artist must be listed in :
Ambitious, charming, avant-garde but highly accessible, constantly straddling the line between harmony and disharmony... Lars Hollmer is avant-prog through and through. Anyone who considers the accordion to be little more than a joke instrument should listen to Hollmer's records. They'll find themselves drastically reconsidering.

XII Sibiriska Cyklar, studio (1981)
Vill Du Höra Mer, studio (1982)
Från Natt Idag, studio (1983)
Joggingcharleston, single (1984)
Tonöga, studio (1985)
Vendeltid, studio (1987)
The Siberian Circus, compilation (1993)
Door Floor Something Window: Looping Home Orchestra Live 92-93, live (1995)
Vandelmässa, studio (1995)
Andetag, studio (1998)
Utsikter, studio (2000)
Autokomp A(nd) More, EP/rehearsal material (2001)
SOLA: Lars Hollmer's Global Home Project, Studio (2002)
Live and More, Live (2003)

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2.95 | 13 ratings
XII Sibiriska Cyklar
3.70 | 10 ratings
Vill Du Höra Mer
3.90 | 10 ratings
Från Natt Idag
4.20 | 11 ratings
4.09 | 14 ratings
3.92 | 13 ratings
4.14 | 7 ratings
4.05 | 11 ratings
4.50 | 2 ratings
Autokomp A(nd) More
4.60 | 5 ratings
SOLA: Lars Hollmer's Global Home Project
4.07 | 10 ratings
4.00 | 5 ratings
With Floury Hand (Sketches)

LARS HOLLMER Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.17 | 6 ratings
Door Floor Something Window: Looping Home Orchestra Live 92-93
5.00 | 2 ratings
Live And More

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LARS HOLLMER Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 1 ratings
The Siberian Circus

LARS HOLLMER Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

5.00 | 2 ratings
Boeves Psalm
5.00 | 1 ratings
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 XII Sibiriska Cyklar by HOLLMER, LARS album cover Studio Album, 1981
2.95 | 13 ratings

XII Sibiriska Cyklar
Lars Hollmer RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Andis

2 stars While sitting and listening to this album to write a review for my own record collection, I find myself thinking "why am I listening to this?". The logical answer to that question is that this is an album from one of the main men from Samla mammas manna, one of the worlds best RIO bands. Unfortionately a couple of songs into this album, I can not find one single good answer to why I am listening to this. If I wasn't going to write a review, I would have turned the album off a while ago, about two songs into the album. I am a big fan of Samla mammans manna, I also am swedish, but this music... I cannot defend this. This is rubbish. Yeah, I said it. The album consists of 13 songs that sounds like leftovers from a Samla album that they didn't want to use. For a reason I presume. This is 13 short songs that goes nowhere. 13 songs of silliness, with influences from cirkus and folkmusic with plenty of doses of avantegarde-accordion in a lonely french café with zero listeners. What is this? Too narrow, too thin genre-wise and too undeveloped to have any listeners. Why am I listening to this? I have no idea. Weak and very uninteresting. Oh, yeah, it has some fun lyrics if you understand swedish. I do, but still I am not amused. I payed for this, I shouldn't have done that. Avoid.
 With Floury Hand (Sketches) by HOLLMER, LARS album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 5 ratings

With Floury Hand (Sketches)
Lars Hollmer RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Swedish composer and musician Lars HOLLMER is a well known name in progressive rock circles. Especially amongst dedicated fans of RIO, a movement Hollmer was a founding member of. Besides that his tenure in Samla Mammas Mamma is perhaps what most people will remember him for, as well as his solo productions and collaborations for some 30 odd years. "With Floury Hands: Sketches" is a posthumous production, released by the US label Cuneiform Records four years following Hollmer passing away due to cancer.

"With Floury Hands" is a production that easily merits a description as something else. A collection of more or less worked through ideas and some songs that appear to have been completed, carefully assembled four years after the death of the creator. The accompanying DVD, while of high quality, feature contents of a somewhat limited overall appeal, I guess. As such there's not much here that will appeal broadly. Existing fans of Hollmer and those with a taste for the unusual and uncommon will find plenty of interesting material however, and as long as you are aware of the context of this production it is a highly recommended one to this select audience.

 Viandra by HOLLMER, LARS album cover Studio Album, 2008
4.07 | 10 ratings

Lars Hollmer RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Rune2000
Special Collaborator Prog Metal Team

4 stars I was very surprised that this final Lars Hollmer solo-release was not listed on Prog Archives, fortunately that minor inconsistency was easy to fix and now more people can learn of this great swan song of an album!

Viandra follows in the same vain as many of Hollmer's previous solo albums where he plays accordion/keyboards and the tracks feature a couple of guest appearances but there are a few subtle differences this time around. Granted that Lars Hollmer's previous albums never sounded forced or uninspired I would actually like to state that this release feels to me even more heart felt and genuine than the artist that I've heard on the previous albums. At first Viandra might seem like just a simple accordion driven album but there is a lot more to it all than meets the eye (or ear). If you tap along with the music while listening you'll notice some really odd rhythm patterns that should impress even the most technical bands out there.

One of the more obvious progressive compositions is Snabb (Fast) which features an excellent guest appearance by Morgan Ågren of Mats/Morgan who does some mesmerizing drum work on here without overshadowing Hollmer's original composition. Only a few other compositions feature percussions which in my opinion really sets the mood for this truly timeless music.

I would also like to mention that this album is available on Spotify so if you are one of the few lucky ones who happens to have an account I definitely recommend listening to this album.

***** star songs: Viandra (2:49) Mirror Objects (1:19) Snabb (Fast) (4:19) Merged With Friends (1:47) Konstig (Strange) (4:41) Strutt (Strut) (1:54) Lilla Bye (Little Bye) (2:50)

**** star songs: Sök (Seek) (2:09) Moldaviska (1:09) Påztema (3:51) Prozesscirk (4:34) Baladeis (2:51) Första 05 (First 05) (3:33) Alice (4:11) Överdagö (2:28) Folkdron Menad (5:24)

 Utsikter by HOLLMER, LARS album cover Studio Album, 2000
4.05 | 11 ratings

Lars Hollmer RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Yurkspb2

4 stars Utsikter is another very strong album by Samla Mammas Manna leader Lars Hollmer. It has all authentic Lars Hollmer features: the music is a mixture of totally different moods (from opening pastoral 'Augustins tema' to saddest 'Brev (Letter)', from energetic 'Voilapük' to experimental 'Drums, mm...'). Almost most music is instrumental and more acoustic than other maestro's later albums, accordion being the leading instrument. Highly recommended for fans of Samla & everyone who likes heartfelt music and / or accordion.
 Tonöga by HOLLMER, LARS album cover Studio Album, 1985
4.20 | 11 ratings

Lars Hollmer RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Yurkspb2

4 stars Another amazig solo album by Lars Hollmer of Samla Mammas Manna. The album features a lot of styles and emotions, all delivered with unique Lars Hollmer style. I would say the first part of the album is more experimental (Onk Kch Onk Kch being the example), the second part contains more melodical and traditional music which is a mixture of folk, prog, RIO, jazz, tango and God knows what else. There is a lot of accordion all over the album, my favorite tracks are Lilla Pas du Valse & Harmonium III, but the rest is also very solid. Having heard only 2 Hollmer solo albums (this and Vendeltid) I must admit that Vendeltid is a little bit omore consistent than Tonöga. 3.5 stars really but I like it very much so I give it 4.
 Vendeltid by HOLLMER, LARS album cover Studio Album, 1987
4.09 | 14 ratings

Lars Hollmer RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Yurkspb2

4 stars Lars Hollmer's Vendiltid is in my opinion one of the best progrock records from 80-s. The music is less complicated and "crazy" than Samla but it doesn't make it worse. Hollmer put real feelings into every composition on this album - sadness, joy, humor. The album has a lot of wonderful melodies with unmistakable Hollmer touch Strongly recommended for everyone who like Samla Mammas Manna and progrock in general.
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