Landberk — Riktigt Äkta
(Record Heaven RHCD1, 1992/1995, CD)
by Mike McLatchey, Published 1996-03-01
Landberk's Riktigt Akta (the Swedish vocal equivalent of Lonely Land) was in many ways the precursor of the new Swedish symphonic scene and was the first of many well received bands to come from that country in the 90s. I understand Riktigt Akta is a different mix than Lonely Land and doesn't have the T2 cover, but in my opinion is marginally the better as it seems more indigenously Swedish, and the vocals seem more fluid. Looking back, the album has aged well — lots of Mellotron, organ, and folk references make this a great dreamy album to listen to (with candles, ahem) on a late night. Landberk were never the complex creature Änglagård were, yet it's no doubt they do what they do well. With a little bonus track, if you haven't got a copy of Lonely Land this is a good place to start.
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
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