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Agusa: Högtid

Love psychedelic guitar textures and vintage styled prog-rock organ freakouts? Of course you do. Well, do yourself a favor and be sure to check out this debut release from Sweden's Agusa, titled Högtid, out soon from the folks at Transubstans Records. This is authentic sounding early '70s prog/psych/krautock inspired much so that you'd swear it was recorded in 1971. The band lists their influences as Kebnekajse, Amon Düül II, and Colosseum , which you can totally hear, but they have also added their own spin on the vintage sounding modern prog sound. Featuring members of Sveriges Kommuner & Landsting, Kama Loka and Hoofoot, Agusa weave plenty of swirling organ, jagged guitar, and nimble rhythms throughout this stirring collection of songs. It's all instrumental, so don't be put off by the Swedish song titles, and it's all glorious stuff. From the organ soaked journey of "Melodi Från St Knut", the marvelous guitar/organ interplay of "Uti Vår Hage", and the almost Anglagard-meets-Grateful Dead styled prog-psych adventure that is the outstanding "Östan Om Sol", this is just a wild ride from start to finish. "Stigen Genom Skogen" comes across like a midnight jam between Santana & Deep Purple, with some truly kick ass organ & guitar jams, and is easily one of the albums highlights.

Great stuff here on Högtid from a label that releases one winner after another. Chalk up another Swedish band that is pushing all the right '70s styled buttons, Agusa have released here an album that any lover of vintage prog & psych needs to check out.

Track Listing
01 Uti Vår Hage
02 Melodi Från St Knut
03 Östan Om Sol
04 Västan Om Måne
05 Stigen Genom Skogen
06 Kärlek Från Agusa

Added: March 8th 2014
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band @ Transubstans Records
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