★★★★ 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”!