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Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Ibis, Sweden

Ibis - s/t. 1974 Grammofonverket - Europa Film.

I think this is the first album I'm featuring that was from a stack of very rare imports (all new) I bought in 1987-1988 at a record store in Dallas called VVV. Most of them have already been reissued (mainly Italian, French and Spanish albums - and I fortunately kept most of the original LPs), and in fact this may be the only one that hasn't. I can't think of any others off the top (July 2014 update: Nevermind, here are a few more from that store in the 80s, and all in the CDRWL somewhere: Both Renaud albums, Tomorrow's Gift "Goodbye Future", Verto "Krig/Volubilis", and Alain Markusfeld "Desert Noir". And the German Ibliss album was reissued somewhat recently).

Ibis features a load of ring modulator electric piano similar to The Fourth Way or Love Cry Want combined with fantastic guitar leads to accompany the occasional Swedish melody. Berits Halsband would be another obscure reference, though they don't have the deep trance like effect as they do. A couple of trips to the tuneless weeds is the only thing keeping this from a total monster album. Highly recommended.

Hoping for Mellotronen, Subliminal Sounds, or Transubstans to take on this one. It's a goodie.

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