Makajodama: Makajodama (2009)
Danielsson also uses keys and percussion, and performs on electric bass, yet the dual acoustic-electric strings section of cellist Karin Larsdotter and violinist Johan Klint generates a chamber rock element in spots. The program is a study in lucid contrasts via the unit's odd-metered pulses; Danielsson's sweeping electric guitar phrasings and dynamically oriented use of distortion techniques. But they sweeten the pot during "Buddha and the Camel," which features a sweet-toned strings-based melody, morphed with Tobias Wahlstedt's whimsical flute lines and the guitarist's hard-rock wah-wah maneuvers.
Makajodama integrates minimalism into its musical layout to complement softly shifting themes on "The Train of Thought," where Danielsson enamors the flow with his ethereal pedal steel guitar. They even tackle the blues with "The Girls at the Marches." This self-titled album looms as an unanticipated surprise for 2009. The musicians paint a broad panorama, swarming with subtle musings and fascinating soundscapes. Unlike many other bands of this ilk, these folks place compositional goodness as a priority while sustaining gobs of interest throughout.
Track Listing: Reodor Felgen Blues; Buddha and the Camel; Wolof; The Train of Thought; The Ayurvedic Soap; Vallingby Revisited; The Girls at the Marches; Autumn Suite.
Personnel: Mathias Danielsson: guitar, electric bass, organ, pedalsteel, percussion, Korg WT10; Mattias Ankarbrandt: drums, percussion; Johan Klint: acoustic and electric violin, organ; Karin Larsdotter: acoustic and electric cello, percussion. With Special Guests - Michel Reisler: agogo; Lars Tillberg Galsgaard: berimbao, pandeiro; Tobias Wahlstedt: flute; Christine Jost: bassoon; Gustav Nygren: tenor saxophone; Stian Grimstad: tuba, baritone horn, sitar.
Record Label: The Lasers Edge
Style: Fusion/Progressive Rock