Wednesday 11 October 2017

Ensemble Nimbus - Garmonbozia (2000)

The third and final album from this Swedish band.

The band was a quartet on this album with a lineup of clarinets, loops, tapes, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, viola, violin and voice. Two guest artists provided xtra keyboards. Tomas Bodin was one of them.

The band had members of The Flowers Kings and Zamla Mammas Manna plus a couple of other members too.

I very much rated their second album, the 1998 album Scapegoat and you can read the review here. A good album.

The band continued down their Univers Zero influenced path. Avant-garde progressive rock in other words. The three types of clarinets (standard, altered and bass) used here is pretty dominating their soundscape. That gives a lot of associations to chamber-rock.

There is a lot of chamber-rock here indeed. But the band has also taken a lot of influences from progressive rock too and incorporated those into their music.

Not everything here really works. But there is still some very good stuff and some not so good stuff on this almost fifty-five minutes long album.

The band was a shortlived band. But they still left a pretty good impression and three good albums. Albums well worth checking out.

3 points


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