Trä­den

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★★★★ Trä­den SUB­LIM­I­NAL SOUNDS. CD/LP Swedish psych vet­er­ans rein­vent them­selves – at least in name.

When Träd, Gräs Och Ste­nar re­leased their fi­nal al­bum in 2017, they ap­peared to be call­ing time on a psy­che­delic con­tin­uum stretch­ing back nearly 50 years. In fact, just as they’d evolved through spells as Pär­son Sound and In­ter­na­tional Har­vester in the late ‘60s, the band were merely ready­ing them­selves for re­gen­er­a­tion. Hence Trä­den (“The Trees”), in which the fi­nal Träd, Gräs lineup – still fea­tur­ing gui­tarist Jakob Sjöholm, who joined in 1970 – recom­mence the mono­lithic jams that have served them so well for decades. Of­ten cited as Scan­di­na­vian prog­gers, or Krautrock fel­low trav­ellers, Trä­den’s MO re­mains closer to the heavy slouch of Crazy Horse, with oc­ca­sional space rock di­gres­sions and bu­colic trim. Plus, of course, heady lo­cal flavours: out­stand­ing slow-mo freak­out När Lin­gon Mog­nar trans­lates as a kind of hippy bat­tle cry from the north coun­tries – “Lin­gonber­ries For­ever”!

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