Tuesday, 31 October 2017
Agusa - Agusa (2017)
The third album from this Swedish band.
The band is a quintet with a lineup of flute, organ, bass, drums, percussion and guitars.
Agusa is one of those bands I have knotted down in my notes as one band to follow. I did that already on their excellent debut album. You can read my review here.
Their second album was a very good album too and you can read my review here.
Agusa is one of those bands who has returned to the 1970s and further back to get inspirations and their own identity. Indeed, their music goes back two hundred years. To the times of Swedish folk music and Swedish popular music recorded on old '78 LPs.
Agusa combines this folk music with a lot of what Kaipa and later; The Flower Kings did. But in particular Kaipa is a big inspiration here on this album.
So we get Swedish symphonic prog with a folk music twist on this album. There is a lot of flutes and organs here. Two instruments who creates a warm sound. The lack of vocals is no problems here as both the flutes and the organs more than replaces the vocals.
The great artwork does not shame the music either. Some three quarters of an hour filled with warm Swedish folk symphonic prog.
The result is a very good album which proves that Agusa is one of the best Swedish bands around at the moment. Just like I said they would be back on their debut album some years ago. Enjoy !