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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