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Förträngt Hushållsarbete — Offret Om Att Älska
(BAR 0201, 2002, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2006-05-01

Offret Om Att Älska Cover art

It may seem odd that this turns up in our New Releases section – it is definitely not new; fact is that it’s been out there for four years already but hardly anyone (if anyone at all) knew it was there. Many thanks go to occasional Exposé writer Dave Kerman for bringing this Swedish trio (with guest violinist) and their only release to date to our attention. The three regular members play just about everything imaginable, although it pretty much boils down to guitars, bass+flute and drums, with all sharing keyboards, miscellaneous percussion, and singing as well. A frenetic collision between rock and art, fragments of ideas are juxtaposed creating a sense of disorder and chaos in the compositions, yet the result is completely listenable and refreshing in a sort-of “I’ve never heard anything like this before” kind of way. Over two dozen short to very-short tracks offer a wild roller-coaster ride with more twists and turns than a barber’s pole in a house full of mirrors. Comparisons completely elude me, but they do stand up favorably to countrymen Zamla Mammaz Manna and Kraldjursanstalten, though FH sound like neither. Unless you are Swedish you won’t understand the lyrics, so translations into English have been provided, showing that these guys have a lot to say in their lyrics as well as their music. This one must be heard.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2002 releases

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