6

Svenska Kaputt: Svenska Kaputt

James Pearse By

Sign in to view read count
Svenska Kaputt is a hybrid band comprising acclaimed musicians from Stockholm, Sweden's busy jazz and rock scenes. The debut recording, Svenska Kaputt, is a heady brew of jazz exploration (influenced by artists active in the late 1960s) with that of psychedelic and progressive rock (bands from the late 1960s and early 1970s).

While saxophonist Jonas Kullhammar and bassist Torbjörn Zetterberg may be familiar to some All About Jazz readers, guitarist Reine Fiske (of Dungen and, more recently, a guest of Norway's Elephant9) and drummer Johan Holmegard (of Dungen and Goran Kajfes Subtropic Arkestra) may require some introduction. Dungen is a psychedelic rock band heavily influenced by (mainly) Scandinavian progressive music. Key names from the era include Bo Hansson, Mecki Mark Men and Terje Rypdal, among many others.

Influences aside, Svenska Kaputt is essentially a very talented group of musicians using an older sound to explore new areas of composition.

"Tröstlösa Tårar" builds slowly out of a piano melody that seems to twist and turn its way, as if it were relaying ancient folk tales or reading the liner notes of a Jethro Tull record. A flute warbles its way into the sound, presumably like a bird or a butterfly, before a distinctly psychedelic rock guitar and drums pick up the melody and tempo respectively. A brassy saxophone appears and things begin to really take shape.

"Over Surndal" starts off slowly and meanders for nearly nine minutes before the more melodic "Syster Per" and "Happy Ending?" provide Kullhammar and Holmegard ample opportunity to stretch out and really show what their instruments can do within the respective song structures.

Svenska Kaputt is an unusual recording; the ground these four exceptional musicians cover is not new ground but they do it in style. This is a very enjoyable journey that'll be hard to forget.

Track Listing: Tröstlösa Tårar; Nötskalsmusik #5; Over Surnadal; Syster Per; Happy Ending?

Personnel: Jonas Kullhammar: saxophone, flute, Hammond Organ; Reine Fiske: guitar, bontempi organ, percussion; 

Torbjörn Zetterberg: acoustic bass, electric bass, piano; 
Johan Holmegard: drums, percussion.

Title: Svenska Kaputt | Year Released: 2012 | Record Label: Moserobie


Tags

comments powered by Disqus

More Articles

Read The Study of Touch CD/LP/Track Review The Study of Touch
by Karl Ackermann
Published: October 20, 2017
Read Another North CD/LP/Track Review Another North
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Gledalec CD/LP/Track Review Gledalec
by John Sharpe
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Flux Reflux CD/LP/Track Review Flux Reflux
by Glenn Astarita
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Christmas With Champian CD/LP/Track Review Christmas With Champian
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: October 19, 2017
Read Harmony of Difference CD/LP/Track Review Harmony of Difference
by Phil Barnes
Published: October 18, 2017
Read "Rímur" CD/LP/Track Review Rímur
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 15, 2017
Read "Quartet Plus, Volume 2" CD/LP/Track Review Quartet Plus, Volume 2
by Jack Bowers
Published: May 21, 2017
Read "Another North" CD/LP/Track Review Another North
by Roger Farbey
Published: October 19, 2017
Read "Pole Of Inaccessibility" CD/LP/Track Review Pole Of Inaccessibility
by Mark Corroto
Published: January 20, 2017
Read "Crystal Moth" CD/LP/Track Review Crystal Moth
by Glenn Astarita
Published: January 1, 2017
Read "Riser" CD/LP/Track Review Riser
by Roger Farbey
Published: July 16, 2017

Join the staff. Writers Wanted!

Develop a column, write album reviews, cover live shows, or conduct interviews.