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Elephant9 With Reine Fiske – “Atlantis” – [Rune Grammofon]

surferrosa   5/7/2013   A Library, CD

Here is some blistering prog out of Norway: Elephant9 joining forces with Rein Fiske (Swedish guitarist from the band Dungen). I read a bunch of reviews referring to this as ‘jazz-rock’ but I’m gonna stick with prog.. hearkening very heavily of the 70s, so if 70s prog-rock is your soft spot, this will give you a little hard-on. Driving bass locked into tight drum grooves, with a sprinkling of tinkley organ lines and fuzz guitar meltage to go all around..a tinge of psych, these guys are jamming, finding a riff playing it fast and repeating it often. Soloists take turns smearing their skills all over your face. tempo changes, odd key signatures and a group of musicians who sound like they are busting their chops on full blast the entire time. #4 is different with an acoustic easy-listening kind of vibe. #5 plods a bit, bass driven and less urgent than the others, which seem to move in double time. All instrumental, super tight, sometimes a little noisy.. sweet. -Surfer Rosa

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