"Eric Malmberg's music is a small miracle. I don't want to call him a genius, because I don't want to jinx him. But I will say that he's a complete original, in addition to being a vastly talented musician. Verklighet & Beat is a second high point in Eric Malmberg's career. The first came with 2001's Orgelfärger, the first album by Sagor & Swing. S & S were the duo of Eric on his beloved Hammond organ and Ulf Möller on sympathetic, timeless drums. The obvious comparison was to Hansson & Karlsson, the Swedish organ and drums duo from the 1970s. Indeed, Eric is the author of a number of comic books detailing the adventures of Hansson & Karlsson. Bo Hansson returned the favor by giving him an organ-as well as by appearing on synthesizer on Verklighet & Beat. Verklighet & Beat has two obvious hits. "Till minne av Lilly Lindström" is the album's effortless high-water mark in providing instrumental coloration for what had previously been implied by Eric's bare-bones melodies. Are those guitar strings fifty years old? Sleigh bells haven't sounded so good since the first Stooges album. Then the descending disco strings carve up the dance floor. A tip of the hat to producer/musician Jari Haapalainen. The other surefire smash in the Top 40 of my mind or dreams is "Söndagskonsert," which holds its own when compared to the most moving of Peer Raben's scores for films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder. Verklighet & Beat suggests that an impeccably programmed movie theater has opened in Eric's neck of the woods. Verklighet & Beat is paradigmatic of Häpna in that its execution is improbably beautiful. It's better in practice than in theory. And Eric Malmberg's vision now radiates color." (David Grubbs)
in stock | SE| 2007| HÄPNA | 12.90

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