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INSEKT

Carptree

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3.50 | 71 ratings | 5 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Taxonomic Days (5:29)
2. Mashed Potato Mountain Man (6:52)
3. The Secret (6:20)
4. Pressure (7:13)
5. Sliding Down A Slippery Slope (4:59)
6. My Index Finger (6:27)
7. Slow Corrosion Of Character (5:53)
8. Evening Sadness (5:57)
9. Where Your Thoughts Move With Ease (4:59)
10. Big Surprise (6:54)
11. Stressless (4:07)

Total time 65:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Niclas Flinck / lead vocals
- Carl Westholm / piano, synthesizer, melodica, vocoder, cymbals, programming, arrangements, choir arrangements (3,7), producer

With:
- Ulf Edelönn / guitars, bass (7,9)
- Stefan Fandén / guitar (3,6), bass (1-3,5,6,8,10)
- Jejo Perkovic / drums
- Jonas Waldefeldt / tambourine, percussion (1-3,6,8,10)
- Cia Backman / backing vocals (1,2,4,5,8-10)
- Öivin Tronstad / backing vocals (2,4,9,10)
- Trollhättan Chamber Choir / chorus vocals (3,7)
- Olle Zandén / choir conductor (3,7)

Releases information

ArtWork: Pĺl Olofsson

CD Fosfor Creation ‎- CWNF4 (2007, Europe)

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CARPTREE Insekt ratings distribution


3.50
(71 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
14%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(46%)
46%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
33%
Collectors/fans only (4%)
4%
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)
3%

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Review by Prog-jester
PROG REVIEWER
3 stars As it usually goes, bands like CARPTREE rarely recognized by majority of Prog fans, have not much reviews but can be proud of strong though little fanbase. I remember getting their "Man Made Machine" from NotAProghead as a gift. I wasn't impressed first and put it aside. When I chanced to get "Insekt" I wasn't that much skeptic towards it. And it was a worthy addition to my collection!

CARPTREE is hard to recommend. They don't play epics, they have very modern sound, that may frighten most Retro Proggers, but what they undenialy can be proud with is a sense of atmosphere. They are very atmospherical, with their own recognizable manner and unquestionable melodic gift. The closest description is Peter Gabriel's "Up" played by H's MARILLION. But this is not your typical Neo Prog thing. It's dark and introvertive, with sudden orchestra outbursts that follow the whispering vocals and mellow Rhodes chords. I'd love to hear a real long epic from these guys, it would be marvelous I gues!!! 3.5 stars for now, but I keep exploring and hope to love them even more soon! Recommended after all!!!

Review by Menswear
PROG REVIEWER
4 stars Take notice.

For those who were too occupied at listening Octavarium and Deadwing, Carptree is giving you another chance, and this time seize it. The sea-green atmospheres masters from Sweden are back with an album that will finish in the final 5 of 2007, at least in MY countdown.

Carptree are so hard to describe, it became their calling card. Yeah, a cherry dark one with classy relief.

Man Made Machine was mechanical and cold, at the border of the industrial sound of veterans like Nine Inch Nails. Rejoice, Carptree is proving this time that it was not flash in the pan, but their true personnality and music credo.

On this album, you are invited to visit a domain wrapped around a deep, foggy cloud; inviting you into an office filled with insectology material­. But curiously, the office is empty and seems to have been deserted for a while. And again, the movie Se7en comes to your mind...'What happened? Where is everybody? Why are these insects all over the place? Who lives here?' Many questions are asked, and the riddle is yours to discover...

Gloomy, heavy, abrasive, generates anxiety with one thought in your head: 'I want to leave this place...but I won't.'

Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Crossover Prog Team
4 stars Although I really enjoyed Carptree's second and third albums, I somehow lost touch with what happened after that, and it is only now that I have heard their third album, 'Insekt', which was released in 2007. As with their earlier albums, the band is still a duo of singer Niclas Flinck together with keyboard player Carl Westholm, plus a few guests. Ulf Edel'nn (guitars, bass), Stefan Fand'n (guitars, bass) and drummer Jejo Perkovic were all involved with the previous few albums as well, while Edel'nn goes all the way back to the debut, so although these three may not be seen as being full members there is no doubting there impact on the overall sound and the knowledge of what is required.

The No Future Orchestra, which first appeared on 2003's 'Superhero', and continued through 'Man Made Machine' is still here on 'Insekt', while the use of the Trollh'ttan Chamber Choir on a couple of songs is inspired. This all assists in providing Carptree with a sound that really is quite unlike many others around. There will always be some who feel that the guys belong in neo-prog, but in reality they mixing the likes of Pink Floyd and Peter Gabriel together, while interestingly one can hear later period Big Big Train in what they are providing here, but of course 'Insekt' was released more than ten years ago so who influenced who? It may have taken me way too long to finally hear this album, but I am so glad that I have, as this is yet another great release from the Swedish duo.

Latest members reviews

1 stars the principal defect of this group is the difficulty to recall the single tracks, so the entire listening of the album is fuse together and always a littele boring with rare peaks. The other negative thing is the gabriel-wannabe vocals, without the same extension and emotion. The third defect is ... (read more)

Report this review (#145227) | Posted by babbus61 | Wednesday, October 17, 2007 | Review Permanlink

4 stars DYNAMIC DUO I think that nickname applies perfectly to these two guys and the kind of music they make. As with their other recordings, they like to use a variety of styles, without going directionless, always complex but cohesive. Their sound (and voice) has been all the time compared to Mari ... (read more)

Report this review (#129516) | Posted by FranMuzak | Friday, July 20, 2007 | Review Permanlink

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