|Confusions||Garmarna||Left Hand Solution|
|The $1000 Playboys|
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Gods Musicians OMM 2014
from the former Sweden, and Garmarna hails from the latter. Named for
the dogs that guard the gates of hell in Swedish mythology, Garmarna
sings ancient folktales about misery and death and regret and monsters
and everything else that would toment you while sitting in an igloo
with a howling storm outside and the nearest Prozac a hundred miles
away by dogsled. Sort of a twelfth-century version of Pink Floyd, they
play mostly traditional acoustic instruments, generating a soul-uprooting
drone with hurdy-gurdy, violin, viola, jew's harp and various guitars.
But they also have a modern appreciation for the mystical possibilities
of psychedelia and know how to use modern recording technology for ultimate
resonance (the drums really thwack). So their second album "Gods Musicians"
(Omnium/Rounder) is just about as good as it gets for roaming around
in your unconscious and confronting whatever archetypes happen to be
lurking there. And be not put off that the singing is in Swedish. Emma
Härdelin is the heaviest singer of folk ("folksinger" is just too
lame a label ) extant, and she could make you hallucinate in any language.
write six reviews a year about this band if I could find an excuse.
Hailing (or is that halling?) from Sweden, this rock band has one of
the toughest, darkest, edgiest sounds to come around in a while. Garmarna
is electrically powered, to be sure, but what it powers is unique. Stefan
Brisland-Ferner's hurdy-gurdy stands as one of the most unique tools
a rock band could use. You have to sit to play it, turning a crank that
spins a wheel that rolls against a set of rosined strings and produces
a sound in its acoustic state that would make hair curl and teeth sit
on edge (imagine something more abrasive than bagpipes at dawn). But
what happens to this instrument in the context of this band is wondrous:
mysterious, softly threatening, as romantic as a Poe story. Layered
aroundf this are thundering drums, heavy on the bass-end skins, light
on the cymbals; synths, bass, acoustic and electric guitars, viola and
violin, jew's harp; enough drones to drown in.
|LEFT HAND SOLUTION||Wow
holy shit...This is so fucking great, why haven't I heard this band before.
Left Hand Solution have released their second album through Nuclear Blast and my, is it Doomy! Sounding like the perfect combination of Type -O-Negative and the Gathering.
Behold! Dra åt helvete vilken skön platta.
Septic Zine, Sweden
ladies and gentlemen...this...is...it...It doesn't get any better than this.
Een van den meest opzienbare releases de afgelopen maanden...
...de muziek is uitermate gaaf!
Martin Landqvist's hands the debut album from Mine has turned out one
of the most varied Swedish albums for long. Vocalist Emma Holmér
is the centre over a kind of modern Everything But The Girl-mix But
with Martin Landqvist's ability to spin music on a trip hop/techno base
Mine brings out a rich fusion of jazz tones, dub (á la Massive
Attack) and folk music.
like a cross between King Crimson, Tool and Sisters of Mercy, the quintet's
songs are as structurally deft and sonically pummelling as they are
hooky and melodic... Red, White, Grey is of the most creative and enjoyable
rock records to come along for quite some time.
My Orchard överraskar och klipper till med en av vårens starkaste
svenska plattor. Med en vass kompositörs-penna och en förkärlek
till Pixies-skrammel hittar Sundsvalls-kvartetten en egen slingrande
stig någonstans mellan syntmusikens harmonier och den amerikanska
gitarrockens sköna oljud.... En överraskning.
få band som gav Popstad 99 ett lyft. Larmig pop som har en egen
plats i mitt gamla pophjärta. Jag misstänkter att de har hört
både Posies och Hole. Men det funkar.
|THE $1000 PLAYBOYS||
Dollar Playboys: Stay!
som Nomads spelar de omtalade medelpadingarna utpräglat amerikansk
musik med en autencitet, en självklarhet, som inte borde vara möjlig.
Det låter verkligen som att Lars Bygdén och hans
fem medmusikanter vuxit upp i Tenessee och fått den här rustika
americanan med bröstmjölken. De förstår den ända
in i minsta körarrangemangsdetalj. Lika märkligt som imponerande.