Honestly, what is it about Sweden?
You know when music is special when you listen to something whilst in the midst of a fairly drawn out grumpy period, and that music makes you feel alive, positive, and like all the petty crap really just does not matter, which it doesn’t.
People, I give you Fire! Orchestra.
I’ve been more and more of a jazz head, I must admit. This is where the genre really does it for me. It isn’t about technique, it’s about consciousness exploration. That’s why it’s a ritual. That’s why I consider music like this to be psychedelic, and a million revivalists who call themselves that to be not, although everyone has to start somewhere.
The opener, which you will find embedded in this post somewhere, is 10 of the fastest moving minutes in history, it feels like less than half that duration. To me, at least. This is music to get completely lost in. Throw maps in the bin.
There is a strong emphasis on the groove, the many horns don’t get in each others way, and the two vocalists are absolutely incredible. The album is both propulsive and meditative, noisy and musical.
There simply aren’t enough superlatives to describe how I feel about this album. A true ritual, and a triumphant one at that. A perfect illustration of why humans picked up objects and started hitting, plucking and blowing them. Its purity makes it impossible to pigeon-hole.
This also makes for two posts in a row where the album cover seems somewhat random, although I think art purists will probably prefer the term collage.
Those who are inspired enough to want a physical copy will find one here.