APUH! is a young Swedish trio based in Gothenburg. Its musicians saxophonist Adrian Åsling Sellius and drummer Hampus Öhman- Frölund began working together in 2011 and a year later double bass player Matt Dimming joined, to seal the trio's aesthetic and sound. They freely draw elements from pop and rock, free jazz, experimental noise and even klezmer during open-ended, improvised pieces.
All five songs in this debut stress its playfulness and strong rhythmic basis, as well well-versed knowledge of the American free- jazz of the sixties, especially on the most coherent effort, the opening "Hållbara ballonger," suggests. The other pieces feature the ambitious sonic palette of the trio. "A German from Russia" is introduced as a cinematic story that happens in a sensual, exotic place but suddenly explodes in climatic, nervous force before returning to a more reserved form.
"Krokensjön" focuses on inventive experimental searches for a common sound, gently gravitating into a delicate, fractured pulse. "Malmö II" alternates back and forth between the classic American, muscular free- jazz school and a European, sound-oriented, non-linear school of free improvisation with impressive command and expressive interplay. This short recording is concluded with "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?," titled after the famous science- fiction novel by Philip K. Dick. It gently adapts the same approach as the opening rhythmic piece, but in a much more subdued manner.
A promising debut.
Track Listing: Hållbara ballonger; A German from Russia; Krokensjön; Malmö II; Do
Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
I love jazz because it is both challenging and exhilarating, and the endeavor of improvisation is the highest form of art.
I met so many great musicians--including my two earliest heroes, Maynard Ferguson and Dizzy Gillespie--by attending concerts
and being willing to treat them with the respect they deserve.
The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman Song X concert at Cornell University.
The first jazz record I bought was an RCA compilation by Dizzy Gillespie.
My advice to new listeners is to not be afraid to listen to something because you're not familiar with the artists or the band or
the genre or anything - this is music that is best experienced through discovery.