Friday, 6 April 2018
Shamblemaths - Shamblemaths (2016)
The debut album from this Norwegian band.
The band is a duo with Erik Mathias Husum on bass and Simen Ådnøy Ellingsen on guitars, saxophones, zither, jaw harp, keyboards, percussion and vocals.
They had help from eight other musicians who provided organ, drums, keyboards, baby vocals (!), tenor sax and vocals.
This band comes from Trondheim and was started by a professor at the local university. He is a professor in the use of nuclear weapons and their useful purpose for terrorists. Ehhhhhh.....
But he seems like a very nice guy.
He has written all materials for this album, btw.
The album has three long suites. And we are talking progressive rock, btw. Progressive rock where the opening suite starts out with pure zeuhl in the vein of Magma. The music then moves on again.
The main references here are Univers Zero, Egg, The Flower Kings and Van Der Graaf Generator.
The sound is good and the vocals reminds me about Roine Stolt. The saxophones and the organ provides some great vibes. The music is both monumental and a bit pastoral too. There is a lot of lights and shadows throughout this album.
This one hour long album offers up a very eclectic mix and it is pretty easy to loose track of where it is going. It is kicking in most direction as you would expect from a happy horse.
This is also a good album. Something I hope the band will build on. Check it out.