So while writing on this very late music diary entry for week 12 I got a little side-tracked down a dusty road, that I have not ventured down before. A path down to Sweden’s psychedelic past of the 60’s/70’s.
When you listen to Aluk Todolo you might not hear the reference to Swedish psych-rock, but while researching the band I found an interview where Träd, Gräs och Stenar was mentioned amongst others.
What I’ve heard so far from Träd, Gräs och Stenar is a good new ’discovery’. Any tips on other Swedish prog-rock/psych-rock bands are welcome.
Samla Mammas Manna was maybe not to my fully liking however.
But any tips are greatly welcome!
I have no idea how I came across Aluk Todolo back in week 12, but I’m glad I did! I’ve been listening to Occult Rock at least a couple of times each week that has followed. I can’t really describe why I love it so much, as to many people this would be incomprehensible noise and/or just plain boring. But in its simplicity, there is a dark, rough atmosphere that calms you and takes you in. I love the mesmerizing almost droning pace of the songs. When I say droning I’m not talking about the slow paced one, this is fierce monotonous riffing with delicate rise and falls accompanied with the, for the most part, monotone bass and a drummer that is insane! But for some reason the small variations that is present creates a pulsating force. And the effects added to the guitar takes your mind out to space, where time stops. You would think that 8 tracks with an average length of 10 minutes with a lot of repeated structures and with few variations during long time spans would make you lose interested quickly, but it doesn’t. It sucks you in, it captures you, it takes you on a journey.
This is not music for everyone, but give it a chance!
Aluk Todolo are from France and plays a spaced out, psychedelica with a dash of black metal, drone and krautrock.