Exposé Online banner

Anekdoten — Gravity
(VIRTA 004, 2003, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2003-12-01

Gravity Cover art

The most distinctive things about Anekdoten have always been overdriven bass, Mellotron, cello, and the vocals. This CD answers the question of what happens when you remove two of those elements, namely the cello (though Anna Sofi Dahlberg is still in the band, she is not credited with any cello) and the fuzz bass. The guitar playing, vocals, and heavy use of Mellotron remain much the same as on past releases, though fewer songs lean on the heavy side of the band's style, calling for a cleaner bass sound. They've had their melodic, even acoustic moments from the beginning, but for Gravity, that aspect is magnified, and I for one am happy at the change. I wouldn't want this band to keep releasing Nucleus every few years, so a slight shift in orientation is welcome. I don't find the changes really effect the core of what the band is – the writing style is very similar, though the end results are filtered and arranged differently than they would have been five or ten years ago. Some of the quieter moments actually remind me of the acoustic tunes of Pink Floyd back around Atom Heart Mother or Ummagumma, the way the acoustic guitars, the Mellotron strings, and the melancholy vocals mesh together. And in case you didn't realize it, there's a lot of Mellotron on this album, mostly strings, but occasionally flutes. I'd say this is a damn fine CD, and can stand proudly with anything else they've put out.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 28, 2003 releases

Related artist(s): Anekdoten

Latest news

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Henry Cow - Concerts – Another Henry Cow re-release which has much more information in the expanded liner notes which detail the proceedings. The first four tracks were taken from a 1975 BBC Peel Session and features a...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues