RECENT FAVES FROM THE WFMU NEW BIN
Reviewed by Music/Program Director Brian Turner.
GALENTO / Golfstarblue (Dreamboat)
PUGH ROGEFELDT / Ja, Da A Da! (Metronome/Warner Sweden)
Golfstarblue is a strange disc that seems to have come out in 2003 but just arrived here at WFMU from Sweden. Obvious golf references abound here besides the title ("Clubfoot", "Little Tiger Wood", "Putt"), and I have to take an educated guess that the drifty passages of spoken narration in Swedish too are dealing with golf. The music is wonderful; a combination of hazy, Badalamenti-meets-Residents soundscapes littered with both atmosphere and surrealism, quirky electronics that come out warped but not too cutesy accompanied by piano, sax, and percussion. There's also a very nice blanket of traditional Scandinavian folk flair, fitting the scenario in a quite comfortable manner. Wish I could find more about this on the web, but info seems to be at a minumum. Pugh Rogefeldt's 1969 record, Ja Da A Da, is another expressive slice of trad Swedish sound filtered through another beast entirely. I've loved this disc for some years now, and this nicely packaged reissue is a must for anyone that's soaked in the more cosmic output of Trad Gras Och Stenar and Parson Sound, but not sure where to take the plunge into more 60s/70s rock/proggish sounds. I agree with others who say this is where the recently-touted Swede rock band Dungen draw some distinct influence from (and apparently DJ Shadow has sampled this thing), though I wasn't a huge Dungen fan but adore this. Gentle folkadelic passages give way to heavy, fuzz drenched excursion, and there's a great adaptation of Brecht's "Surabaya Johnny"