Exposé Online banner

The Brimstone Solar Radiation Band — Smorgasbord
(Karisma KAR050, 2009, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2010-07-01

Smorgasbord Cover artApparently this is the third recording by this excellent Norwegian quintet, although they are new to me. Where have I been? Like their countrymen Motorpsycho and The Last James / Haakon Ellingsen, songcraft reigns supreme, full of melody, hooks, and harmonies, operating within the art-rock idiom while incorporating apparent influences from a wide range of sources: Beatles, Scandinavian folk, early seventies rock and pop, and much more. It’s all well absorbed into this intelligent mix that certainly recalls the work of some great bands like 10cc, Stackridge, Split Enz, and many others, while sounding like none of them. These guys are outstanding players too, though rarely showy – remember their focus is always on supporting the compositions and arrangements, and while there are some moments where one player is in the spotlight for a bit, it always gets back to the song. Instrumentation is two guitars, bass, drums and keys (as well as some uncredited sax and flute), with one of the guitarists assuming the lead vocalist duties, and the other members providing harmonies. Unlike the aforementioned British bands, the production tends to be a little more on the edgy side, like Motorpsycho and recent Anekdoten for example, always bristling with energy and excitement. A plenitude of great moments among the twelve tracks herein, this is one that grows on you with each repeat listen.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 38, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): Brimstone

Latest news

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Cathedral - Kingdom of Ends – Kingdom of Ends is the first CD by the Washington, DC based five-piece Cathedral. Their sound is firmly in the neo-progressive camp, perhaps more radio-ready than most. Their sound blends tried and...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues