Landberk — Unaffected
(Melodie & Dissonanze M&D 001, 1995, CD)
by Alain Lachapelle, Published 1995-11-01
A rendition of Van der Graaf Generator's "Afterwards" opens this concert disc recorded at the beginning of the year in Italy and Germany. This CD also constitutes the very first issue of new Italian label Melodie & Dissonanze. The mastering was done by Marco Olivotto of TNR fame. We find Landberk at their best, with delicate atmospheres, lots of Mellotron, and languishing guitar. "Undrar Om Ni Ser," a new studio version of "Lonely Land," is the closing, and only studio piece. We find a lot of material from their first CD, along with "Rememberance" from their second. Landberk got this quality of mingling prog with a modern approach which makes them accessible to the wider audience of alternative fans. Their music has this urgency and passion often found in better so-called 'alternative' rock acts nowadays. The bare offering of the melodies and the dedication expressed by the band coincide with the frank imagery of the feelings, resulting, through the guitar, through the mellotron, the vocals of Patrick Helje, the silences and the intense moments, in a misty concoction much like a harbor late at night, life suspended in what seems an eternal moment, where lonely souls are docking after a long and mysterious travel, unaffected but tempered by melancholy. While we wait for a new studio release, this concert disc makes for an intense rendezvous with passion.
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