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International Harvester, Sov Gott-Rose Marie (Love, 1969)

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For the majority of us, lesser known Swedish
psychedelic act Parson Sound was unheard of until a compilation of their
recordings was re-released in 2001 by Subliminal. Since that time, their
output has garnered a lot of well earned praise and seriously influenced
the course of modern psychedelic/experimental music. They even got the
reissue treatment again this year on a deluxe 3xLP release that sold out
extremely fast.

International Harvester, Sov Gott-Rose Marie (1968, Love)

International Harvester, Sov Gott-Rose Marie (1968, Love)

Indeed, the members of Parson Sound were playing krautrock before krautrock
was invented, and mixing into their own pastoral/communal Swedish roots a
free jazz ethos, the droning minimalism coming out of late 1960s New York,
and Terry Riley’s new forays into loops. As their sound refined, they
renamed their band International Harvester. From that point forward they
branched out into new musical outfits, some of the musicians sticking
around, others takin…

Kemialliset Ystavat, Ullakkopalo (Fonal, 2010)

Kemialliset Ystavat have been one of the most hard to
pin down acts in experimental music over the last decade. You can kind of
get an idea of what you’re going to hear before their albums drop, but you
never really know what kind of scope and approach it’s going to take on.
Kemialliset Ystavat always consists of Jan Anderzen, but could include
other musicians, could be solo, or could include guests such as Sun Ra or
Karlheinz Stockhausen through samples. His cover art is also some of the
best in the biz, with an overstuffed, brilliant, "Garden of Earthly
Delights" kind of vibe. In any event, the project remains one of the most
exciting psychedelic listenings from a richly talented Scandavian scene,
and throughout the world, really. After releasing his last full length in
2007 (also very atypical for experimental artists) more than a few people
were ramped up for this new offering.

Ullakkopalo

And if you’ve read a review before this one, bewilderment is the most
likely sense…

Catherine Ribeiro + Alpes, Paix (Phillips, 1974)

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Catherine Ribeiro and Alpes, Paix


Catherine Ribeiro’s stunning vocal
delivery was matched with Alpes leader Patrice Moullet’s innovative rural
psych compositions on several albums to fantastic results, but none hit the
same level of intensity and integration as Paix.

While they pioneered several genres in the early seventies, from rural
psychedelia to prog rock and the spacey ether in between, they combine
these elements flawlessly on this record with some hints of burgeoning
genres, such as space rock, chamber pop and even punk (the "punk" aspect
being Ribeiro’s unforgiving vocal deliveries in part).

The album starts with two shorter songs, the first being an almost cheesy
number that dates itself to that period, though its spiraling loops and
ecstatic tone give the country/acid-fried pastoral jam a light and
enjoyable summery tone to start things off. The second song is simple
beauty, acoustic riffing, vocal lines harmonizing with an organ in an
almost "dream pop&quo…