Exposé Online banner

Akasha — Akasha
(Black Widow BWR 154, 1977/2013, CD)

by Mike McLatchey, Published 1995-11-01

Akasha Cover art

This is a reissue of one of Norway's classics, the self-titled debut by Akasha. This is definitely one for symphonic freaks and not for the Mellotron-whiners as this album has more 'Tron than a 10-hour Änglagård concert. Amongst the many keys and synths, it's really the emphasis on the swirling Mellotron strings that’s the main feature of this album. Vocalist Sverre Svendsen is a dead ringer for Greg Lake which gives this heavy In the Court of the Crimson King similarities. With absolutely superb mini-Moog melodies and detours into Tangerine Dream territory with weird electronics, this is a wet acid-dripping trek into astral planes. While the production isn't great, if you've heard the original LP you'll be more than pleased at APM's job [on the 1995 reissue - ed.]. Heavily Genesis influenced phrases will probably make the holier-than-thou progressive fan wince, but most of us would consider this essential.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 8, 2013 releases, 1977 recordings

Related artist(s): Akasha

Latest news

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

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Richard Pinhas and Merzbow - Keio Line – Having redefined the scale of sonic monumentalism with the 2006 two-disc set Metatron, Keio Line cleaves to the opposite – a two disc set of comparatively simple instrumentation reliant upon the...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues