UFO över Lappland — UFO över Lappland
(Sulatron-records st 1804, 2016/2018, CD / LP / DL)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-03-01
Originally released on cassette in 2016, Sulatron Records just reissued this excellent slice of revival Krautrock jamming on both vinyl and CD. Hailing from Umeå, Lappland, high up in the frozen reaches of the Swedish wilderness, UFO Över Lappland have spent countless hours under the Aurora Borealis, white snow, and freezing blizzards, using these opportunities to explore heavy Krautrock jams, long motorik sessions, and crazed freakouts to construct the five instrumentals on their self-titled debut album. These are hypnotic tracks that extend what Harmonia and Neu! were exploring in the 70s to what Camera is doing today and beyond. Hypnotic tracks, spacey sounds, trancey basslines, and repetitive guitar riffs take us from hovering UFOs over the frozen tundra to the deepest depths of space ala Pink Floyd’s “A Saucerful of Secrets.” Based on the intriguing cover art, I delayed gratification in listening to this album. And it was well worth the wait! Plus, I fully expect to have this album grow on me through repeated listenings. I find it difficult to single out specific tracks, the entire album is outstanding. So, if you long for more extended jams similar to Harmonia’s Live 1974 concert or Camera’s impromptu guerilla subway station performances, then by all means grab a copy of UFO Över Lappland to satisfy that craving.
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From the press release:
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water takes from Echo Us' past and spins it into a whole new direction, one closer to traditional acoustic Celtic music than ever before.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water was composed and recorded during the first few months of 2017. Although Celtic influenced and comprised of a number of re-workings of Irish folk tunes and Breton aires, the album is still in large part new and original Echo Us music that fits right in the Echo Us ‘canon’. “Wake” is a natural progression from “A Priori Memoriae”, which was released to critical acclaim in Europe in 2014.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is Echo Us’ ‘Celtic’ album that was planned for a long time but never executed because of the work on the trilogy that came before it. The album title is a typical ‘Echo Us’ play on words which one can find their own meaning.
“It is also both evocative of the Oregon rain, which I am told is not too unlike the rain in Ireland.”(Matthews)
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is also a comment on conception- which was unintentional when the lyric was written. Matthews surprised himself a few months after writing it, realizing that the song was actually about the nitty gritty, biological workings of what happens when a child is conceived. The folk song it derives from musically describes a courting ritual, one that even today we can all relate to in our own way.
“Come With Me Over the Mountain" in acapella was the musical inspiration for the song, and came into my consciousness after the lyrics were written a few months prior. “ (Matthews)
As with all Echo Us recordings, a number of seeming coincidences resulted in connections being drawn where prior there were none. Another experience of similar capacity was found in oboe samples from A Priori Memoriae that echoed the traditional “May Morning Dew’, also reworked for guitar on the new album.