Monday, December 26, 2011

Bяothεя Apε - Shαngяi-Lα (2006)

Swedish power-progressive-pop-trio (big mouthful there) Bяothεя Apε are one of the more interesting bands to come out of Sweden in the last several decades, if for nothing else than that they don't quite sound like any other group in the vast multitude of scenes and pantheons that constitutes the independent musicale uncommercial worldwide. Echoes of YesRush and Kaipa are all over the arrangements, guitar work and songwriting, but the execution here on 2006's Shαngяi-Lα comes across as a oft-ignored individual in a world full of people trying to sound and act like one another.

Jazzy, knotty and at times strikingly magnificent, this band could rule the world if the world would simply give a damn in turn.

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