With almost forty minutes of new material, AGUSA delivers a wide array of seamlessly-executed, organic rock on the aptly titled Agusa 2. The band’s tranquil output blends tripped-out psychedelic and progressive rock structures are inspired by more folk than occult influences, instilling visions of nature, the cosmos, and dreamlike passages, meandering into realms of a possibly supernatural or parallel existence. While not a fully instrumental recording, backing vocal mantras only seep in through purposeful cracks in the construction of these immense movements, adding an even more spacious feeling to the overall flow of the album.
AGUSA was formed in the springtime of 2013, when Tobias Petterson and Mikael Ödesjö, former members of Kama Loka, recruited Dag Strömqvist and Jonas Berge for their early ‘70s progressive rock project. In the Summer, the outfit ventured out to the countryside where Dag lived, to a place called Agusa — virtually only a loose gathering of homes deep in the forest. Within these secluded surroundings, and the most amazingly sunny, warm Summer day, the new collective had an extensive, extremely inspired jam session which somewhat solidified the direction of their sound, so of course, the name AGUSA was simply perfect for the outfit.
In the Autumn of 2014, the band went into the studio to record their first album, Högtid, which was released on vinyl and digital media in early 2014. After a handful of gigs during the Winter, Dag decided to leave AGUSA to travel around India, and following a number of auditions, Tim Wallander, also a member of blues trio Magic Jove, joined the band. In the beginning of 2015, the refreshed lineup went into Studio Möllan once again to record their sophomore full-length, this time having asked a close friend of theirs, Jenny Puertas, to play flute on the recording. The match was so perfect that the band instantly invited her into the band on a full-time basis, expanding their lineup once again. They began performing with this new arrangement weeks later, and have not looked back.
released July 21, 2015
Tobias Petterson - Bass
Mikael Ödesjö - Guitar
Tim Wallander - Drums
Jonas Berge - Organ
Jenny Puertas - Flute
This album was on my wishlist already for some time after a first quick listen. Now, since Carsten Pieper purchased it today, I took a closer look - and indeed, it's an outstanding work that doesn't deserve to stay any longer in the queue! Dan "Birds And Buildings" Britton & friends draw heavily on the best moments of 70's art rock, but in a creative, individual way. Note that I chose the longest track as my favorite, which happens utmost rarely... and honestly, utmost rarely I have that much fun listening to a 21-minute epic. I fully agree with Carsten that the sound quality is of secondary interest, as long as the compositions are convincing. Actually, the sound isn't so bad after all - I've got some really poorly recorded an mixed albums in my collection, which I listen to quite frequently - because the music is just great. Sven B. Schreiber
Anyone with an aversion to "contemporary prog" should listen to Wobbler and they'd realize that prog classics are not just confined to the 1970s. This album is just so tight on every level that if you'd have told me this was recorded in 1974, I'd have no basis for questioning it other than the lack of more prominent tape hiss. Great from start to finish! babayetu