Main » 2008 » June » 17 » Blandbladen - I Grevens Tid (2003 - reissue 2008)
Blandbladen - I Grevens Tid (2003 - reissue 2008)
Blandbladen - I Grevens Tid
Date of Release: 2003 2003 CD: Private Release
Tracks 01 - I Grevens Tid 02 - Pε Grφn Kvist 03 - I Afton Trans 04 - Dimland
Sebastian Wellander - Guitar, Sounds Ola Eriksson - Synthesizer, Fender Rhodes Dave Janney - Bass Kaufmann Cosmo - Drums, Percussion
Notes: - Blandbladen means "among the leaves" in Swedish. - I Grevens Tid was recorded live Dec. 30-31, 2002 in the rehearsal studio. - Only congas and percussion have been overdubbed.
Blandbladen are a quartet from Malmφ, Sweden who play a killer instrumental brand of Space Rock that blends Ozric Tentacles, jamming lysergic Psychedelia, Trance, and Progressive Rock. The band consists of Solen (Ola Eriksson) on Fender Rhodes & keyboards, Sabana (Sebastian Wellander) on guitar & sounds, Kaufmann Cosmo on drums & percussion, and Dave Janney on bass & fishmouth. I Grevens Tid is their first album and includes three tracks in the 12-13 minute range and one at 6 minutes.
The set opens with "I Grevens Tid", laying down a cool psychedelic groove and the Rhodes gives the music a 70's prog-jazz flavor, while blending in more modern Space Rock stylings α la Ozric Tentacles. But the band stretch out nicely, transitioning through several themes, including a trippy Blues psych segment peppered with liquid FX and hypnotic floating atmospherics. "Pε Grφn Kvist" is a heavily Ozric influenced tune that builds the pace and intensity to smokin psych-rock levels. "I Afton Trans" and "Dimland" include some of the most high energy trip rocking moments of the set. The music consists of searing space rock with hints of Zappa amidst the Ozric styled space vibe and old time kosmiche prog and heavy rock feel. The rhythm section on "Dimland" is particularly heavy, pounding away furiously while shooting alien synths and wah'd guitars wrap themselves around your brain. Absolutely mind-bending and the way the music evolves and builds positive energy and intensity they could have easily gone on for 20 minutes or more and never lost the listener's attention. So chock another one up for the Swedes. This is 100% totally spaced out rock and prog played by a band with pure psychedelic hearts. You are commanded to check these guys out now! -- Jerry Kranitz (Aural Innovations #24, July 2003)
Blandbladen is a new band from Malmφ, Sweden, playing instrumental progressive space rock. This four-piece band reminds at times of Ozric Tentacles and through that also the Finnish Hidria Spacefolk, but they've got a more organic style than these two bands. They don't use sequencers, backing tapes or machine beats, so they might have been around in the 70's, as well.
This stuff is also more progressive, in the mellow 70's style. At times the bubbling analogue synths do bring to mind the Ozrics, and this band certainly has listened a lot to Gong and Steve Hillage.
This, about 45 minutes long album has four long tracks. "I Grevens Tid" is a long prog giant with many parts, also including some jazz and folk influences. The reggae styled "Pε Grφn Kvist" sounds a lot like early Ozric Tentacles, and one bass riff is a rather direct loan. In the end the track grows nicely into a more groovy direction. Very good guitar solos and nice percussions.
"I Afton Trans" starts very peacefully and slowly, the comp comes along after about two and a half minutes. There are some wacky, spacey analogue synth effects to create a pretty psychedelic atmosphere. At seven minutes point, the track cools down, a nice Fender Rhodes part begins, and it's being stretched out until 13 minutes.
The last track, "Dimland", grooves very well with its bluesy rhythm. This faster track also has some oriental Gong feel to it. After 5 minutes and a very quiet part, an interesting and very fine delay guitar thing starts, which reminds a bit of Ashra. After this, reggae rhythms give way to an Ozrics-like end climax.
Blandbladen is a very talented and welcome newcomer to the space rock circles, and will for sure also get the interest of a lot of the fans of more traditional prog. -- Santtu Laakso (Space Rock)
This great album was posted in Lost-In-Tyme when the initial issue (private) was out of print. Now it's reissued by Transabstance label and it's available to all.
Visit Blandbladen's myspace page for a taste and buy it from here or here. Originally posted by Innocent76 at January 2007.