Wednesday 27 September 2017

Ensemble Nimbus - Scapegoat (1998)

The second album from this Swedish band.

Ensemble Nimbus was a quartet with a lineup of clarinet, bass, drums, guitars, violin, viola, tapes, loops, percussion and voices.

The band has members from Zamla Mammaz Manna and The Flower Kings. Two Swedish progressive rock bands which could not be more different, in other words.

Ensemble Nimbus released three albums between 1994 and 2000. I only have their two final albums. I have not heard their 1994 debut album Key Figures and cannot therefore comment on that one. But review of their third and final album will soon follow/can be found somewhere else in this blog.

Ensemble Nimbus music is avant garde/RIO. Unmistaken so. I find a lot of Univers Zero and Present in their music. I have also been told that there is a lot of Samla Mammas Manna in their music too.

This fifty minutes and eleven songs long album is a mix of chamber rock and avant garde rock. The use of clarinet is really good. The guitars too is good and the voices are demented funny.

There is a lot of food for thoughts in their music and indeed on this album. This is what avant garde is all about in my view. There is a lot of thought provoking weird melodies and rhytms here. And the stuff is really good too. This band may be half-forgotten and ignored. This album is well worth checking out.

3 points 

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