Brother Ape, Force Majeure, 2013
Recently I have been rediscovering this (Swedish) band. After getting the first one I lost track of them and now, five releases later, I have started to track their CD´s down. Problem with that is that they are a bit hard to find on the internet. Best bet is their website, Ebay, or their current label, Progress Records.
But why start the hunt? Well that is obviously a matter of taste. For me personally I find I really like the way the trio of Gunnar Maxén (bass, keys and vocals), Max Bergman (drums) and Stefan Damicolas (guitars, keys and lead vocals) integrate lush keyboards arrangements into their brand of progressive rock. Sometimes this gives a bit of an ambient feel, and other times it hints at dance (!), without sounding like a dance floor filler. And most of all, I really dig the way their songs are built. Damicolas has a somewhat light voice but I like his singing a lot. Another highlight for me is the mellotron often adding its unmistakable colour. I can imagine a lot of people reading this and start thinking this must be an incoherent affair. But let me assure you, it is not. All these influences actually lead to a sound that is truly theirs. And with their keen ear for divine melodies those songs hold your attention with ease… Can´t wait to hear the other albums I recently picked up. Just wished I could complete their back catalogue, as number 2 Shangri La is still missing!