Label: Sonet - SLP-2526 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: Sweden • Genre: Jazz, Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk Rock, Brass Band, Prog Rock
But as I have mentioned before, if you are interested in the Swedish "progg" scene, this is an essential band. But not really my style. Three tracks are traditional Swedish folk tunes played in a progressive rock way. That is also one of the best progg Swedish progressive rock in the 70s songs ever. It is really heavy but very native and mournful. A track of experimental jazz. That song is perhaps something for those who enjoy Space rock and Krautrock.
I most mention the bonus track "Ostpusten? I don't think about it in the rating but it really makes this record more interesting. Arbete & Fritid* - Arbete & Fritids Andra LP an almost twenty minutes long track with excellent instrument work. It's not symphonic so perhaps you'll become bored but it's still great music. I can't give it five stars because it's not my favourite type of prog but it's still amazing music and I know you also will find moments of beauty and joy in Arbete och fritid's music.
If not very good it is a very interesting record to explose, especially if you speak swedish. It is impressive how many styles they manage to mix on this disc. That piece is totally chaotic but still sophisticated and somewhere there is a melody.
Sometimes it feels they are just joking with us like in "Dansa i ring" or "Knoga och knega". We get different views about how "progg" and prog music sounds. You can say a lot about this record and as a conclusion the best definition is art music or avant-garde music. Every other definition would fail. But why don't I think it deserves more than three stars. Well three stars is good but what I miss here is professionalism.
Many songs are made carelessly. Perhaps that is what people like with Arbete och fritid but it bothers me. It also lacks strong tracks that go to history and live on their own perfection. A very different album with something for every taste to enjoy. Arbete och fritids secord record "Andra" second from is something different. Arbete & Fritid* - Arbete & Fritids Andra LP took inspiration from jazz, swedish, Various - Mala Antologija Hrvatskog Rocka (1963.-1997.) 1, greek and balkan folk music and mixed that in some form of early world music.
The result is not epic but absolutely something I recommend you to try. I think they as swedes should have worked more with swedish folk music. Otherwise this record is very experimentel but not very much above that. The best on this record is Roland Keijser and Kjell Westling work with the woodwind instruments, but as I mensioned, they could've done something better of it. There was clearly something in the water back then! Initially I'd wanted to include Arbete och Fritid in my recent Swedish prog marathon, but alas this was not to be due to filing problems, and to put it mildly: This act is anything but one-track minded - Arbete & Fritid* - Arbete & Fritids Andra LP they assimilated so many differentiating musical facets into their sound, that they practically are impossible to box down.
These guys were breaking new ground, albeit with some clear connotations to acts like Terry Riley, Cage and a small but highly original core of Swedish bands. A strange and psychedelic Manga - Vate - Intercortes of Nordic Krautrock openly based around some rather experimental endemic folk music. I am not suggesting that we create a new box here on PA to throw all of these into - calling it Nordic Kosmische Musik, but I am however kindly suggesting people who are like-minded to take a chance on these trailblazing bands, that sadly are unknown to but Arbete & Fritid* - Arbete & Fritids Andra LP few outside of Scandinavia.
The folk music on offer here is one that circles around old Nordic musical themes. Apart from sounding like a runaway psychedelic rendition of Zorba the Greek, you'll Ton Coté Du Lit - Joe Dassin - 13 Chansons Nouvelles them twirl around in the music led on by the eschewed sounding violin and the spinning waltzing rhythms that these entail.
Just like all of the aforementioned bands, Arbete och Fritid also roam the heavier psychedelic airwaves. The Krautrock flavour here is undeniable with its slowly moving caterpillar-like ooze of gelatinous violin, sleepwalker tempi and the swampy electronics fizzing away underneath it all.
These sections are scattered throughout this second outing, bringing with them a climatic build-up Where Are You? - Various - The New World Beat the given track - re-leaving it of its natural tension.
Some of these natural tensions redirects the micro-tonal electronic experimentation one would hear from Terry Riley and to a lesser extent The Taj Mahal Travellers, - and on this album it sounds to me like a beautiful mixture of both, although it becomes something entirely different and adventurous transcribed onto this folky fusion template.
Something illustrious and waving - hovering stagnantly in between the musical spaces. Then you've got small spurts of fusion highly reminiscent of old school New Orleans brass bands yet here delivered with a decisively middle eastern touch. They match the festive twirling of the Nordic folk music and oddly enough ornament much of these festive musical progressions - sitting on top of the pudding like a sonic emperor of rainbow rosettes.
Sometimes they come off sounding like bridal march music with a twist, and other times they reflect a deep and bottomless sadness that occasionally empties out in these profound and esoteric musical stagnations, which I was just on about. Whether one chooses to approach this band from a folk music point of view, avant guarde, fusion, Krautrock or a Locked Up In Life - Death Holds The Key concrete type of deal, - the bottom line should preferably be that you approach it anyway you can.
The music hiding beneath this little Swedish gemstone is one made up of charismatic and adventurous sounds, and if you're on the look out for small endemic pockets of original progressive music, then this second album by Arbete och Fritid is a true humdinger.
Ove's cello solo is quite impressive, especially with the smoothness like a cool clean brook, and well-harmonized saxophone concerto can make us comfortable into dream. The most suitable song for calling avantgarde folk mixed with strong jazz is their self-titled one.
Sounds like they would play improvisationally, aggressively, and pleasantly They would enphasize people need good humour and good music. Not seen yet but guess their enthusiasm be leaning Citizen (Dance Of Youth) - Simple Minds - Real To Real Cacophony Sancta Lucia or something.
Just like a soft breeze, their sounds can come into our mind really. Suggest lots of Swedish reviewers and fans listening to this simple stuff Arbete & Fritid* - Arbete & Fritids Andra LP feel something magnificent, something cool, and something fascinating.
Sometimes desert, sometimes old-flavoured, and sometimes lyrical texture can be heard all through the album. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved.
Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. Mainly in s around Sweden or Northern Europe, they had given thousands of gigs, that liberated lots of people from "typical rock" with eclectic music essence merged with folk, jazz, rock, avantgarde, dadaism, meditation And the same could be said of their albums, with the eponymous one as a debut released in Studio Album, 4. Studio Album, 3. Thanks to DamoXt for the artist addition.
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