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Psychedelic/Space Rock • Sweden


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Formed in Malmö, Sweden in 2013

AGUSA is a new prog quartet, initially comprised of Tobias Pettersson (bass), guitarist Mikael Ödesjö, drummer Dag Strömkvist and finally Jonas Berge on the organ. Some of them are also known from collaborating with bands like Sveriges Kommuner & Landsting, Kama Loka and Hoofoot.

For the first time the musicians came together in early 2013. During the following summer they went out to the countryside in order to celebrate some jam sessions. The place is called Agusa, and that's why the band name finally established. In autumn they entered the studio to record their debut 'Högtid', which was released early 2014 on Transubstans Records and Kommun 2. Five authentic retro 70's progressive tunes are given, featuring dinstinctive organ work and a proper psychedelic fundament in the vein of Moonwagon, Hypnos69 and Astra.

After a handful of gigs during the winter, Dag Strömkvist decided to leave and to travel around India for a while. The band auditioned a number of drummers, and eventually asked Tim Wallander from Magic Jove to join.

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3.96 | 146 ratings
Högtid
2014
3.84 | 117 ratings
Två
2015
4.03 | 86 ratings
Agusa
2017

AGUSA Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.07 | 23 ratings
Katarsis
2016

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3.50 | 2 ratings
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2016

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 Agusa by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.03 | 86 ratings

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Agusa
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Kingsnake

4 stars I cannot believe how many good albums came out in 2017.

I knew Agusa from way back when I was really into stoner/psych-rock. Only recently discovered that they released this album.

They extended their sound to less stonerrock to more lush, folky, symphonic music, wich reminds me a bit of BlandBladen, but also the old masters: Camel, Caravan, Gong etc.

The music on this album features flute, organ, guitar, bass and drums but is always very colourful. The music is instrumental wich adds to pastoral feel. It is not really a trippy psych-album, it's way more than that. Probably because of the melodies and the inclusion of flute, wich is one of my favorite instruments.

Another thing I like about the band, is that although they are obviously a jamband, they never are loud and noisy and really know how to add atmosphere and melody to their music.

Strongly recommended!

 Agusa by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.03 | 86 ratings

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Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. I have to say that AGUSA's new album is their best in my opinion. This is a 5 piece band(flute, organ, drums, guitar and bass) out of Sweden and I was surprised to hear that organist Jonas Berge left the band in January of 2017 as they started to record this new album. So enter Danish keyboardist Jeppe Juul who actually lives in Sweden. While I do feel this is their best yet that traditional Swedish Folk vibe remains fairly strong and I'm not big on that vibe. Still this was an absolute joy to listen to pre-Christmas. Oh, and the new organ player is outstanding.

"Landet Langesen" opens with some solemn flute as the bass arrives and the organ seems to echo before a fuller sound arrives with drums. There's a brief calm with guitar and drums before that full sound returns. A calm 3 1/2 minutes in as flute comes to the fore. Some nice organ before 5 minutes as the guitar echoes in this laid back section. The tempo picks up at 5 1/2 minutes. Organ and wah- wah guitar after 8 minutes. The guitar starts to cry out after 9 minutes, then the organ comes in playing over top to the end. A great start!

"Sorgenfri" opens with some beautiful guitar melodies but soon the flute takes over with picked guitar then it turns fuller. The organ kicks in after 2 1/2 minutes in this uptempo section. It's the guitar's turn to lead after 4 minutes as he lights it up. Nice.

"Den ortrollade Skogen" has an experimental intro with atmosphere and various sounds that come and go. A beat after 1 1/2 minutes then the flute joins in around 2 minutes. Soon we have a full sound with flute over top. The organ will replace the flute then we get a calm 4 minutes in. I like the organ before 5 1/2 minutes. The flute is back then a full sound kicks back in at 7 minutes.

"Sager Fran Saaris" is my favourite on here. I like the rhythm here with guitar over top before the organ takes the guitar's place. A traditional sounding section here but it changes before 2 minutes as we get a calm with flute that sounds so much like the flute on KING CRIMSONs "I Talks To The Wind". That sound returns again just before 4 minutes. In between we get a guitar solo that starts before 3 1/2 minutes. It settles right down 5 minutes in. This is so good with that beat, bass, guitar and flute that all come and go. Such a cool section. It's building 6 1/2 minutes in. Guitar before 7 minutes and it's becoming more powerful sounding. So good!

"Bortom Hemom" opens with relaxed organ as the flute joins in. Pastoral is the word. Cymbals follow then what sounds like violin. It kicks in with drums and organ after 1 1/2 minutes. I like when the guitar joins in. Great sound 5 1/2 minutes in as the flute joins in as well. Organ only before 6 1/2 minutes as it seems to start over. The rest of the band joins in. Love the guitar before 8 1/2 minutes.

This was a very pleasant surprise. I liked these guys before and their retro sound but they've upped the ante here with this self titled release. This is feel good music and who isn't into some great sounding flute and organ with lots of wah-wah guitar. Come on!

 Agusa by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2017
4.03 | 86 ratings

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Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars I like this sound of these songs and their slightly more sophisticated, dynamic music than that of their previous release, 2015's Två, which was more like two long, continuous, side-long jams.

1. "Landet Längesen" (10:29) pretty instrumental jam prog using vintage instrumental sounds and based upon stolen folk melody. But it works! (8.5/10)

2. "Sorgenfri" (5:00) this one sounds like a 1960s folk rock song (electric guitar chords are lifted straight out of some blues-rock jam) over which flute, organ, and electric guitar take turns soloing. (7.5/10)

3. "Den Förtrollade Skogen" (8:33) opens with a lot of spacey spaciousness: distorted guitar squealing over organ and tuned percussives. After about a minute a plodding tom-and-kick drum supports another familiar folk melody coming from the flute. After a round or two, drums, bass, and strummed electric guitar join in to create a slow blues-folk song. A break at the halfway mark allows bass, hand percussion, and wah-ed electric guitar strums and simple organ to establish a kind of Rasta/Afro-pop variation. Okay song. (7.5/10)

4. "Sagor Från Saaris" (9:20) uses a raunchy 1960s West Coast sound from the opening, over which flute enters to plays its folky melodies. Foundation sound and structure sound almost like classic rock song "House of the Rising Sun." When second section crashes in with fuzzy bass and swirling organ soloing over drums and hand percussion, it becomes a little more blues-rock and even grungy. The return to the flute-based melodies always bring it back to a proggier folk sound, though. A spacious clear out in the fifth minute is different--allowing for some more whole-band experimentation with their individual sounds. Cool! Even the way it amps up into a crescendo of sound is cool and unexpected. (8/10)

5. "Bortom Hemom" (10:19) quiet organ and gentle, breathy flute open this one up before guitar strums and arpeggi from organ and cymbal play begin a slow build to the point in second minute when everybody steps up and settles into a nice, engaging foundation over which organ is the first to take its turn soloing. Nice melody set up by the strummed acoustic guitar chord progression. My favorite song on the album. (9/10)

Four stars; a nice contribution of folk-blues Kosmische jams.

 Katarsis by AGUSA album cover Live, 2016
4.07 | 23 ratings

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Katarsis
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

4 stars Now here we have a really splendid performance, delivered by this Swedish prog band. AGUSA are offering an enchanting blend of psychelic, folk and southern rock. This recorded during their Europe tour in 2016, while participating at the 'Side Effects' psych fest in Athens, Greece. They are on top of the game here, featuring solely two but definitely expanded song excerpts from their 2014 debut album 'Högtid'. As this is totally instrumental there's a proper improv potential to notice. Both songs have similiarities when it comes to the structure, which means the alternating groovy and floating parts within.

Uti Vår Hage shows a retro 70's outfit, reminding me of Moonwagon, Hypnos 69 in parts. Occasionally there's a noticable folksy touch to state, especially when Jenny Puertas' flute contributions are coming along. Decorated with wonderful guitar and hammond flirtations Kärlek Från Agusa appears embedded in a jamming approach akin to the Allman Brothers Band or the German Love Machine. 'Katarsis' is a little on the short side concerning the entire running time, but definitely appealing, as it is principally known regarding their studio albums too.

 Högtid by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.96 | 146 ratings

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Högtid
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars AGUSA is a new band out of Sweden playing mostly instrumental music and they do like to jam bringing to mind FLASKET BRINNER at times. There is a definite Krautrock flavour in a few places and like others have mentioned this is 70's retro music all the way.

"Uti Var Hage" sounds really good once it kicks in well before a minute as the organ floats in the background. A change before 2 minutes as we get vocal melodies, drums and organ leading the way. Check out the bass before 3 minutes then the guitar after 4 minutes which is such a feel-good section. It settles right down 5 minutes in but then it starts to rebuild and it sounds fantastic with some ripping guitar. Pulsating organ after 6 1/2 minutes then we get another calm around 8 minutes in as the organ floats. It kicks back in after 9 1/2 minutes. "Melodi Fran St Knut" is a bright and upbeat tune with organ and drums standing out. The guitar joins in around the 3 minute mark then back to that earlier sound after 4 minutes. A calm follows with guitar then it starts to build again. Love the guitar after 6 minutes.

"Ostan Om Sol, Vastan Om Mane" opens with vocal melodies and atmosphere with picked guitar. This is very Krautrock-like. It kicks into a full sound after 4 minutes. The guitar starts to solo around 7 minutes as we also get some cool drum work. It all slows down with guitar 9 1/2 minutes in before it starts to build once again. "Stigen Genom Skogen" opens with growly organ and determined drums that remind me of Krautrock. Vocals after 1 1/2 minutes then the guitar proceeds to light it up before we get a change a minute later as the tempo picks up. Man the drumming is so good and the organ is really prominant. The guitar is back 5 minutes in and it's just killing it. Back to the earlier soundscape before 6 minutes to end it. "Karlek Fran Agusa" is the short 3 minute closer that reminds me of CAMEL.

This is a pretty cool organ driven project that should impress all you fans of seventies Prog out there.

 Högtid by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.96 | 146 ratings

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Högtid
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

5 stars Swedish band AGUSA was formed at the start of 2013, with bassist Tobias Pettersson and guitarist Mikael Ödesjö the founding members, with drummer Dag Strömkvist and keyboardist Jonas Berge joining the ranks soon after. "Högtid" is their debut album, and was released through Swedish label Transubstans Records at the start of 2014.

What we're dealing with here is an album made by a band with a strong affection for early 70's psychedelic and progressive rock. Vintage and retro are words that define everything going on throughout this production, a case of true love and affection for a specific sound explored with warmth and care by musicians that know this type of music by heart.

The opening three compositions all contain some elements directly inspired by and to some degree oriented towards a folk or world music sound. Which adds a certain emphasis to the psychedelic charms of the band. The folky touches are less distinct on the final two tracks on this 5 track production, although I do suspect those with a better knowledge than me on such matters might find clues of that kind also in these compositions. Fourth track Stigen Genom Skogen is the only piece here that feature vocals, sparingly applied at the start of the song, otherwise this is an instrumental production.

Guitars and organ are the dominant instruments throughout, the former distinctly retro sounding and the latter, perhaps obviously, is the good, old Hammond used unless I'm much mistaken. The songs ebbs and flows between solo wandering by one or the other, frequently also combining them, with a varying degree of psychedelic tinged textures utilized. The most prominent example of this probably third track Östen om Sol, Västen om Måne, as this song revolves around an exotic sounding theme with a world music orientation.

Otherwise I found that this album gave me strong associations towards the earliest albums by Eloy, perhaps Inside in particular, due to the manner in which the organ is applied. Which arguably will place Agusa in more of a Krautrock tradition than a psychedelic one. Some additional touches, like the use of more playful and subtly jazzoriented details, brings a band like Camel to mind. Concluding track Kärlek från Agusa is the main example of that, a brief and spirited creation that should bring a joy-filled smile to the face of most people fond of mid 70's Camel.

Retro-oriented band excursions aren't difficult to come across these days, and many of them are indeed of high quality too. As far as I'm concerned Agusa are better and more accomplished than the greater majority of bands exploring a similar territory however. If this is due to the band exploring a sound that I personally treasure more than others may of course be the case, but the bands still strikes me as better and more accomplished than most others I have encountered. Be that as it may be, but if you have a strong affection for instrumental progressive rock with a psychedelic and subtle folk music tinge to it, explored within an early 70's framework, this is a band and an album you should investigate. Those who enjoy early 70's Eloy and similar sounding bands should be first in line, especially those amongst them that also have spent a fair share of time exploring Camel's mid 70's productions.

 Högtid by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.96 | 146 ratings

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Högtid
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by rdtprog
Special Collaborator Metal / Heavy / RPI / Symph Prog Team

4 stars If you enjoy Retro Prog with some psychedelic rock and Krautrock influences, this is an impressive output from this Swedish band. Mostly instrumental, the music is a display of swirling Hammond organ and ragged guitar riffs that takes you back to the 70's. Despite the longish songs, the melodic themes are running throughout the experimental and spacey excursions with a nice flow. The organ and guitars interplay is what the emphasis is on the album, but on the song "Stigen Genom Skogen", the drums gets their chance to build a momentum to follow the frenzy organ pace while the guitars take a first break before come back screaming at the end. If this album has some progressive rock structures, the guitars and organ soloing is definitely psychedelic. But everything fits so well that you don't get lost in the music searching for a melody. There's only 3 minutes of what seems like a bit of muddling passages at the beginning of the song "Östan om Sol, Västan om Måne", and where you can start wondering if the band is losing focus, but it was intended to create a interlude of stranger atmosphere before getting back to the flow of the music. Recommended!
 Högtid by AGUSA album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.96 | 146 ratings

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Högtid
Agusa Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

3 stars When I started listen to "Högtid" I imediately felt that this is high quality music which is unique and very well performed. I also noticed that I loves many aspects and I know that many of you would love this record, especially if you like psychedelic folk rock.

"Agusa" is a band from Malmö of southern Sweden. It's a new band which started last year and "Högtid" is therefore understandable their first record. The cover goes in the psychedelic style and the musicians are Tobias Pettersson(bass), Mikael Ödesjö(guitar), Dag Strömkvist(drums) and Jonas Berge(organ). Important for making this deep and interesting sound is Berge's organ.

The album starts with "Uti vår hage", inspired by the old Swedish folk song with the same name and which melody the band plays with. I like the though of the composition and it sounds good but the result is a bit to monotonic for me(7/10).

"Melodu från Sankt Knut" which comes then is the highlight of the album according to me. The music is light and hits the listener with the well performed and joyful melody(9/10). "Östan om sol, västan om måne" is also well played with good instrumentation and it contains fine and enjoyable themes, but the song as full is quite monotonic too(7/10). "Stigen genom skogen" has some fine instruments but the result is a little bit boring(5/10) and the conclusion "Kärlek från Agusa" is fine but too short(6/10).

Finally I can state that this is a high quality record with fine and folk inspired psychedelic music with a wonderful organ as main instrument. It's a part of a Swedish tradition with for example "Hansson & Karlsson" and "Bo Hansson" and more artists which have told mystic tales on organ. Though do this music contain to little melodies and interesting thing such as lyrics to really please me. I especially recommend "Melodi från St Knut", to anyone!

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition. and to Quinino for the last updates

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