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    In praise of sepia toned Scandanavian prog from the 90s to the present day

    In alphabetical order, with no umlauts, etc :

    Anekdoten
    Anglagard
    Landberk
    Paatos
    Sinkadus
    White Willow
    Wobbler


    Any I'm leaving out?

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    The Spacious Mind

    If you like it spacey, that is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjohnwayne View Post
    In alphabetical order, with no umlauts, etc :

    Anekdoten
    Anglagard
    Landberk
    Paatos
    Sinkadus
    White Willow
    Wobbler


    Any I'm leaving out?
    I like all the bands you listed, but not as much as this Norwegian album from 2010:


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    Morph - a bit of a Riverside thing going on.

    Infra - dark, melancholy KC inspired prog. Questionable vocals.

    Simon Steensland - Avant-prog

    Valinor's Tree - A bit hit or miss on their 2 90's releases. Pretty dark and melancholy musically and lyrically.

    Puckspony - haven't heard this yet. Paatos' drummer solo CD.

    Makajodama - I heard some samples a couple of months ago. A bit of Anekdoten influence. On my list to listen to more samples.
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    Finland

    Manogurgeil
    Progression
    Kumina.org

    Sweden

    Morte Macabre
    Gösta Berlings Saga
    Klotet
    Nevarllajf

    Norway

    Metrognom
    Panzerpappa
    It's The End
    Grand General

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    Morte Macabre reminded me of another good Swedish band, Anima Morte.

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    I also like some of the more (retro, psych) pop stuff, like Dungen and The Amazing. E.g.:


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    Would Thieves' Kitchen qualify?


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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    The Spacious Mind

    If you like it spacey, that is.
    love the Spacious Mind...!

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    Ampera - A Vulcanized Mingle, a Norweigian 2007 somewhat obscure album, and their only release I believe. Anekdoten, Anglagard, Nordagust vibe throughout, with a female vocalist (singing in English), loads of beautiful mellotron, and a modern prog guitar sound. IMO excellent, but what happened to them?

    Also look out for Mattias Oleson's new band Kacausus, really leading edge prog, spacey, psychedelic, avante-garde, mellotronic, etc. Rhys Marsh on vocals. Good stuff!
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    Quote Originally Posted by emperorken View Post
    Morte Macabre reminded me of another good Swedish band, Anima Morte.
    Anima Morte's third album is almost finished
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    Liquid Scarlet
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    "Very, very nice," said a man in the crowd,
    When the golden voice appeared.
    She was gold alright, but then so is rust.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKL2000 View Post
    The Spacious Mind

    If you like it spacey, that is.
    Quote Originally Posted by Mythos View Post
    love the Spacious Mind...!
    Anyone got their new album ? I'm not totally impressed on this clip.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    Finland

    Manogurgeil
    Progression
    Kumina.org

    Sweden

    Morte Macabre
    Gösta Berlings Saga

    Klotet
    Nevarllajf

    Norway

    Metrognom
    Panzerpappa
    It's The End
    Grand General

    Bill
    certainly haven't heard them all (actually most I haven't heard), but some seem quite a stretch (Klotet, namely)
    Those I agree are in bold
    I'd kind of add Elephant9 as well to the list

    Would Thieves' Kitchen qualify?
    Too neo-proggish sounding to my ears to fit the OP demand (same with White Willow)

    Quote Originally Posted by Crystal Plumage View Post
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    not Retro-prog (or "Sepia Toned") enough, IMHO
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicts to complete nutcases.

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    Elephant9
    Jaga Jazzist
    Panzerpappa
    Alamaailman Vasarat
    Hoyry Kone
    Gosta Berlings Saga
    Necromonkey
    Diablo Swing Orchestra
    Anekdoken
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    certainly haven't heard them all (actually most I haven't heard), but some seem quite a stretch (Klotet, namely)
    Those I agree are in bold
    By this I assume you mean "not Retro-prog (or "Sepia Toned") enough." Is Klotet really that much less "Sepia Toned" than Anekdoten? Their sound is pretty close to GBS. Whatever.

    And if you haven't heard the others, you should. Fantastic stuff that imo frequently exceeds the quality of many of the bigger name Scandinavian bands. Some, like It's The End, are certainly not "Sepia Toned," but then neither is Anekdoten, imo. Metrognom is a super album by a guy who used to be a member here. I'd have thought that would be a big seller (well, relatively speaking of course), but it seemed to drop into obscurity pretty quickly. Similarly Nevarllajf, who made a splash a few years back but then quickly disappeared. Worth exploring, which is why I mentioned them.

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    She's sometimes described as the Swedish Joni Mitchell, but IMO she comes close to prog - or at least sepia-toned Swedish jazzy-folk. Landberk once served as her backing band for a performance, and it was Stefan Dimle from Landberk who hipped me to her.

    I have a compilation of her work that's quite good.

    Kenny Håkansson plays guitar on the first clip here. He's from the 70s bands Fläsket Brinner and Kebnekajse, and I THINK he's related to Stefan.




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    If the sepia is coming from nordic folk tone





    Bo Hansson / Hansson & Karlson too.

    But Elephant9 must be in the other end of this sepia-spectrum.

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    Not technically prog and not technically Scandinavian (but definitely Nordic), those of you digging the darkness of the northern wood should check out Sibelius Symphony No. 4 and Kalevi Aho Symphony No. 12. Can't find the Aho on YT, but here is a fantastic performance of Sib 4. If the intro of this symphony doesn't take you to Finland in the dead of winter under the spell of the northern lights (and possibly being hunted by a pack of wild Gerbils), then I don't know what to say....


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    Duuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuudes, we're talking of 90's bands here. (Kvartetten is outstanding though - is the rest of the album of the same ilk??... though that piece is not very folk)



    in a folkier range, I'd try The Smell Of Incense

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sputnik View Post
    By this I assume you mean "not Retro-prog (or "Sepia Toned") enough." Is Klotet really that much less "Sepia Toned" than Anekdoten? Their sound is pretty close to GBS. Whatever.

    And if you haven't heard the others, you should. Fantastic stuff that imo frequently exceeds the quality of many of the bigger name Scandinavian bands. Some, like It's The End, are certainly not "Sepia Toned," but then neither is Anekdoten, imo. Metrognom is a super album by a guy who used to be a member here. I'd have thought that would be a big seller (well, relatively speaking of course), but it seemed to drop into obscurity pretty quickly. Similarly Nevarllajf, who made a splash a few years back but then quickly disappeared. Worth exploring, which is why I mentioned them.

    Bill
    mmmhhh!!!... Klotet sounds very 90's RIO to my ears... in 20 years' time, maybe the booklet will have taken "sepia tones"



    I'll look in some of the other names, thanks bill.
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    Sorry about that - all these restrictions...
    'Kvartetten som sprängde' is a trio (The Quartet that blew up), and this was one of the folkier tunes, and my favorite tune on this. Its a 'ganglåt', a song for making walking a long way easier.
    The band is said to be rather inspired by Santana, but... I believe the whole album is on the tube.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    Klotet sounds very 90's RIO to my ears...
    90s RIO like Thinking Plague, 5UUs and U Totem? I don't hear much of that, or frankly much "RIO" in Klotet, but I'll give them a fresh listen, it's been awhile.

    To me, Klotet has a lot of similar elements as GBS. Both do go a little "out" from time to time, but most of their stuff is pretty groove based. Both are a little difficult to classify for me. They don't really have an old-school "Prog" or "Symph Prog" sound, or but their music is pretty clearly Prog Rock (as I define it, anyway). I think both have done a pretty good job of digesting their influences and creating something recognizable as Prog, but fresh within those parameters. The thing I like best about them is they don't shy away form some more complex compositions and forms, while keeping things pretty groovy and accessible and not going too far over the edge. Which is why I scratch my head a bit at Klotet being labeled RIO, but like I say, I'll have another listen. Maybe I'm misremembering.

    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    I'll look in some of the other names, thanks bill.
    I'm actually surprised you don't know these bands, you seem pretty broadly knowledgeable. The Grand General was one of my favorites from last year, which was a pretty good year for all things "Prog." They have very retro elements to their sound, but also bring a modern sensibility to what they do. They remind me of a bit of the British band Diagonal, particularly Diagonal's second album which was more instrumentally focused. Anyway, do check them and the others out, I think you'll like at least some of these.

    I'll definitely be checking the samples in this thread of those I don't know.

    Bill

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    Do the Von Hertzen Brothers count???
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