TRAD GRAS och STENAR: Homeless Cats (XMLP-SUB 32) 2xLP
Limited edition of 1,000 copies ltd worldwide. Eleven new boundless tracks with organic music for open minds. A 40-year anniversary is actually rather on the small. Back in 1967 the guitarist BoAnders Persson had already started his Terry Riley-inspired underground band Parson Sound with the bass player Torbjorn Abelli and drummer Thomas Mera Gartz, amongst others. They evolved into International Harvester, then Harvester, and finally striking root as Trad Gras och Stenar in 1969. The following year they arranged, end performed at, the legendary Swedish Gardes-festivals that pioneered the Swedish alternative music movement. Trad Gras och Stenar creates their own contemporary music, even if they have been compared to Krautrockers like Can and Faust internationally. Rhythmic heart pumping and sound streaming, sure – but at the same time peculiarly Swedish, with their roots in the mould and with branches that reaches high up in to the clear air. The new album, “Homeless Cats”, has also been able to develop in its own tempo. It was recorded by the band themselves during the period 2002-2007, mostly under jam-like forms in the bands rehearsal house and studio in Viksund – Sweden, but also live at gigs. During this period they also toured Europe, USA, Russia and Japan. In the meaty album booklet they give us a couple of personal travelogues. Trad Gras och Stenar have evolved a clear and mature sound with space enough for both suggestive heaviness and mind-expanded searching. The eleven new tracks bubbles and seethe. The band members build soundscapes all together where the music is allowed to grow forth freely. Sometimes the mostly instrumental tracks are irresistibly captivating as well as evolving seemingly weightless and and sometimes it becomes like a plow in turbo tractor pace wrenches deep furrows in the stone field. Homeless Cats makes it’s mark. Heavy, at the same time vertiginous. Timeless. Trad Gras och Stenar has lost non of their spark… on the contrary and that is why the band is still touring worldwide. This new album is amazing; for the first time their whole mind-blowing live experience have been translated in to an album…much like the Deads “Anthem of the Sun”. I mean these guys are soon pushing 70 and are still playing the US cost to cost in a small van, touring Japan sleeping in temples on mountain tops. They are still living on the edge and playing like it really means something to them. In fact they are playing as their lives depended on it…and it really does.