Sky City by Amason
I like Sweden. Like Iceland, if an album from a Swedish artist lands in my lap, I’ll most likely enjoy it. Amason is the second Swedish band on this year’s countdown. Another Swedish favorite of mine, Dungen, also came out with a new album this year, and I didn’t hear it until I’d already started the countdown, unfortunately too late to get it into the countdown.
All three of these Swedish bands mentioned above have connections beyond their country of origin. Amanda Bergman (also known as Idiot Wind), lead singer of Amason, used to be married to Kristian Matsson (also known as The Tallest Man on Earth, and whose divorce from Bergman creatively fueled his album Dark Bird is Home, #26 on this year’s countdown). Gustav Ejstes, guitarist in Amason, is a founding member of Dungen. Amason could be called a “Swedish super group” in the same sense that Broken Social Scene is a “Canadian super group.” I’m a big fan of super groups. Pooling talent always seems to net great music.
Amason is no different. I first featured them on the Bacon Review back in February, when they were suggested to me by a Swedish friend of mine. Since then I’ve listened to the album many, many times. It falls into the psychedelic-indie-rock mold, with lots of echo-chamber vocals and time signature changes. If you’ve liked Dungen or other prog- / psych-rock acts in the past, you’ll have a lot to like in Sky City.
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