Friday 23 March 2018

Arabs in Aspic - Pictures In A Dream (2013)

The third album from this Norwegian band.

Arabs In Aspics is a quartet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, hammond, piano, synths, percussion and vocals.
Rune Sundby from Ruphus adds vocals on one track.

I reviewed their second album, the 2010 album Strange Frame Of Mind ten days ago and you can find my review here. I will review their remaining two albums later this month/you will find my reviews of their remaining two albums somewhere else in this blog.

This band is one of those bands who makes the new Norwegian prog rock scene so interesting. And some would say; Norway has perhaps the best progressive rock scene in the world at the moment.

Arabs In Aspics plays a retro psych and flower power brand of progressive rock. Some may label this as stoner rock. The music is perhaps too melodic to be called stoner rock. Nevertheless, the music is in that area.

The vocals are most in English. Heavy accented English.... which is very charming indeed. The vocals are good. The sound is very retro and very fresh at the same time.
There are also some sporadic heavy guitars here too and a great Hammond organ sound.

I am not really won over by the quality which is not as good as I had hoped. But this album, and indeed band, is a grower. This is therefore a good album from a band who I am getting more and more into. Check it out.

3 points

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