Simon Steensland — The Zombie Hunter
(Ad Perpetuam Memoriam APM 9509 AT, 1995, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-03-01For those who know Steensland from his earlier release Lonesome Combat Ensemble on Musea, it will only take a couple minutes of this latest release to figure out that he's turned the energy level up from three to around 11! This one is not for the squeamish or the faint-hearted, Simon's gone over the top this time, and the music is all the better for it. Exploring the musical territory somewhere between later Univers Zero and early Tiemko, his music is a jagged and aggressive full-throttle neo-classical rock, yet all the while unmistakably Swedish. Using bass, marimba, accordion, harmonium, keyboards, cello, drums and some guitar, he paints his fiery abstractions with a vengeance. Guest musicians provide additional keyboards, guitars, drums and occasional wordless voices. Most of the material is very rhythmic, relying on the drums, bass, and marimba to set the pace, but occasionally it dips into a blurry area (as on "Conversation with an Ant") where keyboards float along on irregular chord changes, retaining the angularity but losing the sharp edges. Accordion is used throughout, and adds a Scandinavian folk flavor to many of the tunes. This is urgent, powerful and adventurous music, highly recommended to fans of Univers Zero, Nazca, Art Zoyd and the like.
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more