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- Brev Fran Ederstorp by Tor Peders
9/10 Mike Staff review, 18 June 2014Fruits De Mer are really treating us this week, with two excellent releases from two of their sub-labels - I just wrote about Craig Padilla's kosmische 2LP that continues their Strange Fish series, and now I'm having a go on this Tor-Peders LP on their Regal Crabomophone sub-label. Those who regularly read my reviews will know I have little patience for most vocalists, particularly the wet-sounding hippies who tend to sigh breathily over the sort of '60s revivalist psych-pop that Fruits De Mer often specialise in, so it's a particular treat for me that both this week's records are instrumental. Apart from that they couldn't be much more different though - Padilla's album is pure synth bliss-outs and this one here is full of lively instrumental psych-prog with particular debts to organ-led '60s garage pop and classic surf guitar sounds. Broadly speaking they focus on tightly focused prog adventures on side A and a couple of much lengthier space rock bong-outs on the flip. Recorded by the quartet in their rehearsal room in early 2011, 'Brev Fran Ederstorp' was shelved shortly afterwards when guitarist and band leader Jonas was tragically killed in a road accident. Fruits De Mer have managed to salvage the LP from the jaws of oblivion, however, and thank goodness they did because it's a joyous riot of bright twisty-turny prog-surf guitar and spacey beep'n'drone all led by that bright, punchy '60s organ. The band navigate their unique genre fusion with confidence and vigour as the songs melt from one style to another with deceptive ease. Who knows what levels of far-out greatness they'd have achieved if they'd had a chance to work at their sound for a few more years. Sadly that's a question which must remain unanswered, but this solitary relic is very good indeed.
10/10 MARK BRYANT Customer review, 18th July 2014
My usual gut reaction to records that claim to be homages to genres is that they end up not sounding very authentic. How wrong could i be with this one boys and girls ! If you like your late sixties organ led progressive/psych this baby's for you. A fantastic trip of VDGG/Floyd/Who etc influenced jams with surf and other references thrown in for good measure. This one hasn't been off my turntable since i got it.
The only bad thing here is there won't be any more from this band...
Get it while you can You know it makes sense !
10/10 Ingrid Meszaros Customer review, 6th July 2014
Everything is just right!
Even the cover exudes calm and lets us dream. It is finely structured, even for a big bonus. Serve with the fantastic music from Scandinavia. A super high praise and definitely make more for us fans.
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