Exposé Online banner

Gösta Berlings Saga — Tid är Ljud
(Transubstans Records TRANS021, 2006, CD)

by Mac Beaulieu, Published 2008-01-01

Tid är Ljud Cover art

This doesn't come on the scene with threats to take the prog world by storm, but rather insinuates itself subtly, from the gentle cover art through the music itself, which wraps many styles and moods into a whole that speaks strongly of its origin. The band is the standard four piece with additional appearances of flute, violin, and Mellotron. Guitar styles are varied including an extra-melodic Duane Allman-like slide and nice trippy psych. Rhodes is all over the place and chances are if you like the instrument, you'll love this. “Ljud från Stan” is a delightfully rambunctious rocker that evolves into some lovely psych, almost aimlessly drifting as it builds back to the opening jam. “Tog du med dig naturen?” drifts through space with a circular, hypnotic background with gentle violin and guitar solos. The ebb and flow is simple, yet remarkably entrancing. This ebb and flow allows them to drift around folk, fusion, symph, and space rock with ease and without distinction. Gösta truly knows when to keep things simple and succeeds in spades. One will find vague imagery from krautrock, Universe Zero, and Magma (the latter mainly in the circular Rhodes motifs), but there's also a strong Scandinavian character that I can't quite put my finger on: instrumental nods toward Atlas or Hanson? Melodic folk hints at Tasavallan Presidenti? Perhaps it's my imagination, perhaps not. Either way, this is definitely one of the cooler albums I've heard in some time.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Gösta Berlings Saga

Latest news

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Jorge Reyes - Ek-Tunkul – I must have been sleeping at Best-of-'97 voting time as this old favorite managed to slip right out from under my nose. Ek-Tunkul was Jorge Reyes' very first (and best) solo recording from...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues