dinsdag 18 november 2014

Pocket Size Sthlm – Exposed Undercurrents


Pocket Size Sthlm – Exposed Undercurrents
Self released – 2014
Rock, Prog, Experimental, Art, Jazz, Psych
Rated: ***

The new album Exposed Undercurrents by the Swedish musical mercenary squad Pocket Size Sthlm is not just a little psychedelic ditty one can enjoy on a lazy afternoon. No, this experimental jazz infused adventure desires your full attention. The man behind this endeavor is Peter Pedersen who has enlisted the aid of a multitude of artists from both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to help him surf these newly found undercurrents. It is a slippery ride that feels forced on a few moments but generally comes across like that tightrope acrobatic you once knew that loved his drink and drank his vodka like he was on a mission. Which is a dangerous mix that will sooner or later lead you to cross the wrong wire at the wrong time. And on some of those days you will be lucky and only break a finger or two and make a fool of yourself. But luck is a very thin wire between survival and disaster, and not many people can keep their balance. Peter and his band of brothers seem to be experts in surviving. They maneuver themselves into musical Cul-de-sacs where you think there is no way left to go. But they then manage to either find tight little hole to squeeze through or just turn around and stampede the way they came in from. This is high art and not to be taken lightly. This is a festive and highly fluid way to arrest a certain undercurrent of life. Not to hold it fixed for future generations but to expose it now for entire world to see. Or at least the lucky few who knew and who will understand…

(Written by JK)




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