Agusa - Högtid. 2014 Sweden

Agusa - Högtid. 2014 Kommun 2

CD issue: 2014 Transubstans

Agusa are a new band from Sweden that has ties to two other UTR favorites: Sveriges Kommuner och Landsting and Kama Loka. Seeing the album is on Kommun2, and the description read that the music is in a similar 70s retro vein, it seemed a guarantee I would like it. And indeed it came to pass - I love it. Once again we are presented with a heavy - yet subdued - primarily instrumental psychedelic rock album, with Hammond organ, acoustic and fuzz guitar, wordless voices, pounding percussion - all with that distinct Nordic touch (while occasionally looking east towards Asia), that shows up in the melodies and overall atmosphere. There are no pyrotechnics here - this is an album for reflection and careful study. For fans of Flasket Brinner, early Trettioariga Kriget, Kebnekaise, Saga, and other classics from the Swedish 70s underground.

The LP of Hogtid comes in a fine gatefold heavy duty sleeve, and was first to market. The CD only has one short 3 minute bonus track. So it's not necessary to get the CD as well, if you already have the LP. But of course I had to have both, because I'm insane.

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