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Panzerpappa — Summarisk Suite
(Apollon Records ARP013, 2019, CD / LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2019-09-11

Summarisk Suite Cover art

Panzerpappa is back with another set of tasty instrumental music that inhabits a region somewhere between rogressive rock and jazz, and once again, listeners will probably notice that Canterbury bands like National Health are kindred spirits, with complex arrangements, wandering melodies, and a generally light touch. Scandinavian precursors like Samla Mammas Manna and Kultivator are also relevant comparisons. Upbeat tunes like “Algerisk Symfo” and “Spartansk Mambo No. 5” groove along in odd meters with imaginative sax, guitar, and keyboard parts, providing constant interest with their changing and developing sections. The tracks are chock full of soaring melodies, and the solos are well-constructed rather than self-indulgent. “Revidert Malist” features prominent use of mallet instruments, for hints of both Gong and Philip Glass. The more energetic side of the band is complemented by atmospheric sections that float freely or move slowly. The final track, “Seriell Ballade,” starts with seemingly random notes on acoustic guitar, marimba, and synthesizer backing a slow also sax melody that wanders aimlessly, establishing a tonal center only gradually. Indistinct echoes and sound effects are used as elements of quiet chaos to contrast the harmonies, which are full of dissonant clusters and unusual tonalities. It’s a fascinating and creative finish to a very enjoyable album.


Filed under: New releases, 2019 releases

Related artist(s): Panzerpappa, Electrond (Trond Gjellum)

More info
http://panzerpappa.bandcamp.com/album/summarisk-suite

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