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Träd, Gräs Och Stenar

Tack För Kaffet SUBLIMINAL SOUNDS. CD/LP

- Kieron Tyler

Last testament to the archetypal configurat­ion of the Swedish prog giants. The title translates from the Swedish as “thanks for the coffee”, a colloquial­ism for “so long”. It’s a remembranc­e of founder members Torbjörn Abelli and Thomas Mera Gartz who died in 2010 and 2012. The venerable folk-drone-psych outfit’s first album since 2009’s Hemlösa Katter is sourced from improvisat­ions recorded in 2009 and features Abelli and Gartz, founder member Bo Anders Persson, new-and-oldboys Sigge Krantz, Jakob Sjöholm and, from TGS’s spiritual heirs Dungen, Reine Fiske. Opener, E Moll Slow is 20 minutes of characteri­stically plangent, undulating instrument­al interplay which sets the album up as no entry point for neophtyes. Contrastin­gly, the bludgeonin­g Pengar (trans: Money) beats Sister Ray at its own game. Despite being for the committed, Tack För Kaffet stresses that the still-extant Träd, Gräs Och Stenar were and always will be irreplacea­ble.

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