“Agusa” is the self titled third album of the Swedish psychedelic/progressive rock formation Agusa. Like it’s 2015 predecessor “Agusa 2” (Tva) it has been released on the American The Laser’s Edge label. On this release organ player Jonas Berge is replaced by the Danish organ player Jeppe Juul. Originally from Denmark he now lives in the deep woods of southern Sweden. That dark and melancholic atmosphere of the woods you will find also in the instrumental music. But in overall the music on this album sounds uplifting.
Tobias Petterson - bass; Jeppe Juul - organ; Jenny Puertas - flute; Tim Wallander - drums, percussion; Mikael Ödesjö - guitar
On this instrumental album you can find 5 tracks which range from 5 to 10 minutes. In fact the shortest piece counts exactly 5:00 minutes and the longest one is 10:30 minutes long. The album opens with a song called “Landet Langesen”. Besides the electric guitar the flute and the organ are the main instruments in the music of Agusa. The flute and the organ evokes an atmosphere that has a resemblance to the music of their Swedish colleagues of Anglagard. You can find beautiful flute melodies on this album. This fine album opener develops into the first highlight of the album. The short song “Sorgenfri” opens with a delicate guitar and flute part. The beautiful flute parts reminds us of the maestro Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull). The music has a more uplifting atmosphere than the opener and slowly the pace of the rhythm increases and with organ and guitar solo’s the song ends with a climax. The next song “Den Fortrollade Skogen” has a slow and mysterious opening that develops into a beautiful flute melody. Like the music of bands like White Willow and Änglagård the melodies are also folk-inspired. “Sagor Fran Saaris” is also an uplifting song with nice flute and organ playing and great melodies. Also in the somewhat longer tracks the band keeps the attention of the listener. For an instrumental band this is an impressive quality. The album closes with a track called “Bortom Hemom”. Like the long opener this composition is also a highlight of the album. The music has some space rock and trance influences. Several times the tension of the music slowly builds up towards a climax with nice guitar, organ and flute solo’s.
The self titled third album of Agusa is a fine album full of nice melodies and great organ, guitar and flute solo’s. There are some dark atmospheres but in overall the music sounds uplifting. Although I don’t know their previous albums, the information sheet tells us that this album is a bit heavier than the album’s predecessors. If you like organ and flute in your Prog this album is for you. Recommended by progVisions.
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