Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Älgarnas Trädgård - Framtiden är ett svävande skepp förankrat i forntiden (1972)

ÄLGARNAS TRÄDGÅRD are a seminal, 6-piece Swedish combo who made one album in 1972, a cult classic and masterpiece of psychedelia that could have come straight out of the 'Kraut' school of Space Rock. After the release of their album, they kept on playing live for a while, even recording a full album's worth of new material in 1973-74. But it wasn't until 2001 that this material was mixed and released, on a cd entitled "Delayed".Their 1972 classic, "Framtiden ar ett Svavande Skepp, Forankrat I Forntiden", is a veritable testimony to the halcyon days of hippiedom - a time when grown men, like children playing with forbidden colours, were popping hallucinogenic bonbons and experimenting with psychedelic sounds in their quest for mind-expanding adventures and altered states of consciousness. However, ÄLGARNAS TRÄDGÅRD's music never lapses into drugged-out silliness or aimless noodling. It ranges from earnest, to Medieval, to completely creepy - a sort of 'RIO meets folk'. They concoct some earthly (and unearthly) sounds using a combination of traditional, modern rock instruments and ethnic/archaic ones, the result being a spectacular blend of slow-smoking psychedelia with a strong vernacular Swedish folk bent. Their guitar-based, trance-like music is reminiscent of ASH RA TEMPEL; it also shares GONG's organic mayhem and the hypnotic qualities of early TANGERINE DREAM. If you can imagine a Nordic version of AMON DÜÜL II or ASH RA TEMPEL, you'll have a pretty good idea of what they sound like. The 2001 cd "Delayed", which makes heavier use of drums and guitars, is yet another marvellously atmospheric and creative mixture of prog and psychedelia.Highly recommended for Krautrock aficionados as well as for fans of CAN and PINK FLOYD, circa "Ummagumma". Lise (Hibou), CANADA

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13 comments:

Anonymous said...

yes... it is beautiful...
look to find "sov gott rose marie" from International Harvester..

Anonymous said...

It's a briliant album.
Highly recommended!

Anonymous said...

very interesting record, thanks!

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for the continously nice quality of the posts on your blog, Lisa (this post being no exception!). You're really doing a great job and I can assure you, that it's very appreciated. :)

Uli

Anonymous said...

algarnas tragard what a name!!
and what album!!
is exellent and we can put with the best krautrock records or others psych album
thank you lisa
dtfloyd

Anonymous said...

i want to check this album out, but there is an error message when i unstuff it! even with the password!

Anonymous said...

Error message even with the password for all files!!! Pity.... Greetings from France!

Anonymous said...

this album just blew my mind. D:

Ras said...

A real GeM. Gracias again Lisa :beer2:

Anonymous said...

I would love to hear it but the password doesn't work. Aargh!

Friendlier said...

The password http://ezhevika.blogspot.com/ does not seem to work for me. Is this correct?

wyneken said...

I've downloaded half a dozen albums from this blog over the past few weeks, and NONE of them has opened correctly. I've tried three different software apps, with no success.

Why not just archive the tracks without a password, I wonder?

Anonymous said...

Harald from Norway says thanx a lot for this one!Do you also have the Swedish band ARBETE OCH FRITID "Håll andan"?