This is a particularly special record for Swedish underground legends Trad, Gras och Stenar, as it features their last ever jams with two band members who have since passed away. Tack For Kaffet, presented as a tribute to those members, is nevertheless full of improvisational life, with some moments of pure gorgeousness. CD and double LP editions on Subliminal Sounds.
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Have you ever had this good a time at the beach? If your answer is yes, you’re lying; nobody has ever found something so riotously funny with the sand at their feet as this guy out of Trad, Gras och Stenar. Having recently reintroduced the world to their euphoric psychedelic mud with a three LP anthology, we’re starting to notice just how crucial the band were to the heavy-handed, jam-centric side of the genre, and this record offers a beautiful kissoff to that story -- ‘Tach for Kaffet’ pays tribute to late band members Torbjörn Abelli and Thomas Mera Gart by offering up the last recordings they helped freak out on together.
These cuts are largely improvised and show the band existing between their two stages of carving out space and then filling that space with noise. Some might be taken aback by the simple beauty of “E-Moll Slow”, a twenty minute meditation on psych rock where melancholy guitars wrap around each other in a hug, dancing around slow, sleeping drums. It gets a little crunchy but never delves into chaos, instead sounding like one of the most beautiful and sad things they’ve put together as a group. “Sorgmarschen”, a shorter lament that follows, combines twanging guitars, emphasising every note like a deep sigh as the band slowly deviate into looser and more psychedelically stupendous sonics.
These tracks are slower and more reflective in sound than any Trad, Gras och Stenar I’ve heard before, the grooves of “Hallvags” coupled with distantly distorted guitars that sound like a weather effect more than anything -- the pace and tone is quiet and contemplative, like the band are all looking at one another over their instruments wondering where to go next. It’s not all like that, as the band make a proto-punk jammer worthy of a Swedish Velvets on “Pengar” and get the wacky solos flowing on “Kaffe mad tarta”. Overall, though, this is a beautiful tone poem from a band usually restless in their movements.
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