Tuesday 25 December 2018

Amgala Temple - Invisible Airships (2018)

The debut album from this Norwegian band.

The band is a trio with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, vibraphone, keyboards and percussion.

What do you get when you record an album with Norway's most foremost blues/country musician and two of Norway's foremost jazz musicians ? Probably something far away from what we get on this album.

It was only after I had been listening to this album for a couple of times that I discovered that the blues and country guitarist Amund Maarud is the guitarist here. And that gave me a facelift !

The music he and the two others, one from Jaga Jazzist and the other one from Oslo Jazz Orchestra, is very far from being country and blues.

What we get here is spaced out psychedelic jazz. No less and no more.

The music is totally spaced out and Amund's guitars should be credited for much of that. Does he play a regular guitar riff on this album ? I doubt it. But he still does a brilliant job here and really drives the album forward. I cannot remember a better performance by a Norwegian guitarist than his on this album.

The rest of the band does a superb job too on some really spaced out jazz tunes. The music is pretty unique on this album. It is also very krautrock like.

This is in fact an absolute great album and a  strong contender for the title "album of the year" from a Norwegian prog/fusion band.

It is also a must have album which will bring joy to every home where a prog/fusion/space cadet is in residence. Get this album.

4.5 points

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