Label: Early Music – EM14 Format: Cassette Country: Sweden Released: 2020 Genre: Rock, Blues Style: Psychedelic Rock, Avantgarde
New one just landed via Jon Collin’s own Early Music private outpost, chasing up that brilliant co-lab with Irma Vep (which definitely flew under everyone’s radar - checkkit!) with two sides of hard-psych hellfire from unknown outfit Vädersolsgruppen.I’m struggling to grapple any tangible details about this lot other than mention of a few live Stockholm shows in 2019 and a medieval atmospheric optical phenomenon that seems to have inspired the name, alas - I’ll assume this has been taken from a live session.The a-side opens tentatively with scrambled Skandi radio dialogue, before launching into a leering juggernaught of monolithic bass guitar, splashy garage drums and great slabs of squealing, writhing guitar death-howl, recalling the same sorta nihilistic apocalypse cooked up by Les Rallizes Dénudés, before it all collapses into a creeping, Shadow Ring styled bout of jangly improv, with primitive flute, kalimba and low amp-hum all in attendance.There’s time for one more serving of slo-motion psych dirge before the A-side’s up however, here slowed down to snail pace where the bass slurry becomes properly meditative.B-takes a looser route to the jugular, letting (I assume it’s Jon’s) guitar howl to within an inch of its life with sparse improv drum fills on life support, before dropping a gear and letting off into the distance with hard, motorik drums and pogo-inducing, hulking bass notes.The closest I’ve had to a gig for 9 months.Only got a few!(Mint / New - with OBI!).