Angling Feelings Import [アダルト]
Kaipa, the band based around mastermind Hans Lundin, has been spearheading the Swedish progressive rock scene since 1975. Their most recent work, Angling Feelings, is adorned with traditional progressive rock music with a decent helping of folk and jazz and features the striking vocalization of Patrik LundstrÃ¶m, also known for work with his other band, Ritual.
他のメンバーはHans Lundin以下、Dr.Morgan Agren(MATS/MORGAN)、Vo.Patrik Lundstorm(RITUAL)、
女性Vo.Aleena Gibson、B.Jonas Reingold(THE FLOWER KINGS)というおなじみの顔ぶれで、
Angling Feelings is not Kaipa's best album, but its a very good and distinctive one. Its filled with a kind of almost child-like joy and the pseudo-mystical Scandinavian utopianism that has long been a Kaipa trademark. Its also filled with the kind of virtuoso progressive rock elements that prog connoisseurs demand.
For me, the album's masterpiece is the magnificent Path of Humbleness. But I also greatly enjoy The Fleeting Existence of Time, Liquid Holes In the Sky, and Broken Chords. About the only song that seems out of place is Solitary Pathway which bears a striking resemblance to the style of prog-metal that Rush once played.
Although Roine Stolt was once an important part of Kaipa, its time to move on and allow Kaipa's current lineup to stand on its own merits. Stolt's contributions were mighty, but the musical legacy being built by Hans Lundin and company is nothing to dismiss lightly. Give Angling Feelings (and other post-Stolt Kaipa albums) a good listen and you'll hear what I mean.
This case, it is musicianship between equals with some lengthy instrumentals, but everyone contibutes in an equal manner that makes it exciting, along with sharing of male and female vocals.
One of the best progressive rock recordings around with such instrumental and vocal interplay, a great combination of songwriting and composition where the contributions of all the members results in a sum that is far greater than the great parts
Roine Stolt has been replaced by Scar Symmetry axeman Per Nilsson, whose performance here is a testimony to his diversity. None of his death metal roots have bled over into the Angling Feelings songs; rather, Nilsson's playing eerily evokes that of Stolt, with strong emphasis on improvised jazz solos and melodic content. His phrasing may not have the immediacy of Stolt's, but he is more than welcome as a replacement. Contrary to the previous albums, this record carries a stronger folk influence, in part thanks to the flute contribution of Fredrik Lindquist. Also a Ritual member like vocalist Patrik Lundstrom, Lindquist inject healthy doses of flute melodies into songs like "The Glorious Silence Within", defined by a sweet string arrangement, beautifully strummed acoustic guitars, and mesmerizing electric solos topped by Lundin's trademark piano playing. Similarly, the twelve-minute "The Fleeting Existence of Time" is almost entirely based on improvised soundscapes driven by agile melodies, Swedish folk music elements, and both male and female vocals. Aleena Gibson still sings as beautifully as ever, but Patrik Lundstrom's vocals also play an important role on this album.
The rhythm section consisting of drummer Morgan Agren (Mats Morgan, Fredrik Thordendal) and bassist Jonas Reingold (The Flower Kings) is solid as a rock. Much like Mindrevolutions, Reingold's bass playing slowly pushes some Kaipa songs into Karmakanic territory, where the bass is mostly utilised liberally. Morgan Agren is a godly drummer, but little of his skills come to the fore here (check the drum intro and percussion of "Broken Chords" for an exception), but he serves the songs perfectly. Hans Lundin answers Per Nilsson's wide-ranging guitar work with a diverse blend of keyboard sounds, laying down cascades of Hammond, Moog, piano as well as contributing vocals. His solo at the end of "Pulsation" is gorgeous; while his symphonic keyboards on "Solitary Pathway" provide the necessary sound cosmos to the funky rhythms and jam-like free flow of the composition.
"Path of Humbleness" marries the greatest aspects of this album into nine minutes of intense prog rock. Gentle flute melodies, funky rhythms, gorgeous piano colourings, and Aleena Gibson's emotive vocals. The guitar playing is packed with spontaneity and interlaced carefully within the song.
The one setback of the album is that it brings absolutely nothing new to the table. Rather, it continues in the same styles of its predecessors, while also slightly lacking the focused songwriting exposed on most of Roine Stolt's material. Still, Angling Feelings is a gem if you like prog rock firmly rooted in the 70's.