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Gl​ö​dhet Rytmisk Sv​ä​rta

by Erik Hammarström

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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs)
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Sven B. Schreiber (sbs) This is music for people who love drums that tenaciously avoid getting into a standard groove. Moreover, the lead instruments on both of the long-tracks presented here by Erik Hammarström are, in fact, the drums. Everything else - the strings, brass, and woodwind, the harp and the celesta - are just complementing the ever-changing rhythm patterns. And they do so in a most fascinating way. It's an unusual, but quite exciting paradigm of orchestration, with the rhythm section taking precedence over the melodic instruments. Favorite track: Glödhet Rytmisk Svärta.
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Tracklist with timings and durations:

1. Glödhet Rytmisk Svärta 33’58”
A piece for Strings, Brass, Clarinet, Flute, Celesta, Percussion and Drums

00:00 1. Intro (3:48)
03:48 2. Blåsmaskinen (3:22)
07:10 3. Räckhammaren (3:21)
10:32 4. Vattenhjulet (6:57)
17:29 5. Strävansfull lunk (2:11)
19:40 6. Stålets Uppvärmning (4:37)
24:18 7. Smältpunkten (4:20)
28:39 8. Rinnande smälta (2:23)
31:02 9. Flamugn (2:55)

2. Iskallt Mörkt Vatten 15’05”
A piece for Strings, Brass, Harp, Bassoon, Percussion and Drums

00:00 10. Intro (4:58)
04:58 11. Abstraktion (3:21)
08:20 12. Nära Nollpunkten (3:44)
12:04 13. Hundra Meters Djup (3:00)

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Erik Hammarström's name is perhaps little known to many progressive rock listeners, but it is practically impossible that it is completely new to those who, in the vast prog-rock panorama, turn their attention towards Scandinavia. Erik, in fact, is now a long-time official Änglagård drummer and percussionist, and is also part of All Traps on Earth, born themselves as a project of a member of the same band. The most curious ones will be able to find several other collaborations in Erik's curriculum, but nothing that can get at least a little closer "Glödhet Rytmisk Svärta", his solo debut record.

We are in fact facing something truly unique: an extremely intricate and dynamic rhythmic texture, the result of years of study, evolution and practice of the musical instrument, combined with chamber music scores that make Erik's work seem much easier than it actually is. Jazz-rock, avant-garde and classical music merge here in a sonic brew that, for attitude and originality, recalls the most courageous experiments released by the ECM label. A modern symphony, constantly vibrant and tense, which could perfectly fit also as a soundtrack for a film with a 'Hitchcockian' flavor.

The album consists of two long suites, both divided into different movements: a 34-minute title-track, and the shortest 15-minute "Iskallt Mörkt Vatten", in which Erik plays all the percussion and electric bass, accompanied by bows, brass, clarinet, flute, celesta, harp and bassoon. An incredible and uneasy experience even for the most daring 'prog connoisseurs', destined to leave a mark!

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Il nome di Erik Hammarström è forse poco noto a molti ascoltatori di rock progressivo, ma è praticamente impossibile che risulti del tutto nuovo a coloro che, nell'ormai sterminato panorama prog-rock, rivolgono le proprie attenzioni verso coordinate scandinave. Erik, infatti, è da quasi dieci anni batterista degli Änglagård, e fa parte inoltre degli All Traps on Earth, anch'essi nati da una costola della band svedese. I più curiosi saranno in grado di trovare diverse altre collaborazioni nel curriculum di Erik, ma nulla che possa essere minimamente accostato a "Glödhet Rytmisk Svärta", suo debutto in veste solista.

Siamo infatti al cospetto di qualcosa di veramente unico: un tessuto ritmico intricatissimo e dinamico, frutto di anni di studio, evoluzione e pratica dello strumento, unito a partiture di musica da camera che fanno sembrare il lavoro di Erik molto più semplice di quanto sia in realtà. Jazz-rock, avantgarde e musica classica si fondono qui in una miscela sonora che, per attitudine e originalità, rimanda agli esperimenti più coraggiosi pubblicati dall'etichetta ECM. Una sinfonia moderna, costantemente vibrante e in tensione, che troveremmo perfetta anche come colonna sonora per una pellicola dal sapore 'Hitchcockiano'.

L'album è composto da due lunghe suite, entrambe suddivise in diversi movimenti: una title-track di ben 34 minuti e la più breve "Iskallt Mörkt Vatten" (15 minuti), in cui Erik suona tutte le percussioni e il basso elettrico, accompagnato da archi, ottoni, clarinetto, flauto, celesta, arpa e fagotto. Un lavoro incredibile e ostico anche per i più audaci 'prog connoisseur', destinato a lasciare il segno!



released June 28, 2019

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