Kebnekaise - Kebnekajse. 2009 Subliminal Sounds.
I was in San Francisco recently for business, and ran over to Amoeba's after enjoying a nice evening of microbrews and dinner at Magnolia's Brewpub. I can't believe Amoeba's closes at 10 on a Friday night? So that left me with only a few minutes, and I needed to pick up a few CDs for the Mrs.. While they're announcing the store closing, I made a beeline to the Psych-Prog section. Basically if I saw something marked cheap that I still hadn't picked up, it was going in the cart. I only found this one in the 3 minutes I had left - an album I've been meaning to get for some time. So I was pleased with my "cheap" buy, only to find out there was a hole punch in the back cover. Man, I hate that! Oh well, a small thing considering right?
ANYWAY.... Kebnekaise is one of my favorite 1970s Swedish underground rock bands. They covered the gamut from blues rock to jazz funk to African indigenous music. But their most well-known album, and for me their best work, is "Kebnekaise II" from 1973. On that album, the band blended traditional Swedish folk sounds with progressive rock. Most of the material was original, but it drew heavily from the music in Grandma's closet.
Apparently when the band reformed after being dormant for nearly 30 years, they too thought it was their best sound. And this album (and the followup which I will get to eventually) is the result. Band leader and guitarist Kenny Håkansson has never sounded better, and his classic psychedelic tone is well entrenched. Excellent violin as well.