Avarus – Salon des Amateurs (Pome Pome Tones,LP, 2013)

Avarus Salon Des Amateurs

Rating: 7,5/10

When I am listening to the Banana album by the Velvet underground I always think of this super group just jamming for hours, facing music more as a trance experience than a state of art. This is the period that psychedelic music and drugs like acid had a major influence to the musicians and the youth. Artists found new ways of expression to the hippie phenomena and communal life, participating in music collectives and open groups. From the mid-60s onwards more and more collective crossover happenings taking in electronic experiments began to be held in Finland (Various ‎– Psychedelic Phinland: Finnish Hippie & Underground Music 1967-1974, Love rec, 2006). This sense of community is still alive there and since now a lot of great collectives derived from this country. One of them is Avarus that born from the ashes of Anaksimandros (2000 – 2004) and Pylon. They formed in 2001 releasing their albums on various labels (Lal Lal Lal, Secret Eye and HP Cycle records) and with a different line up. Their music is classified in the most avant-garde form of “free folk”, mixing free jazz and musique concrete. Salon des Amateurs finds this collective (line up: Arttu Partinen (percussion), Tero Niskanen (synthesizer), Lars Mattila (guitar), Jukka Räisänen (bass), Jeffrey Alexander (guitar, horn), Moritz Kleiner (synthesizer)) traveling around Europe with the addition of a German keyboardist and even some American jabroni from Jackie-O Motherfucker. This 200 only copies limited edition LP is including two quite similar long run jams of the group. They remain upbeat and fancy with a lot of electronic sounds and a more Krautrock attitude. They sound more tied as a group and they seem to be more focused on rhythm. There are no fragmented sounds in here like there was in their first period (Horuksen Keskimmaisen Silman Mysteerikoulu, 2001 and III, 2002) but  this album is still a documentation of their furious live performances, placed with their Vesikansi (2006) and Kirppujen Saari (2008) live albums.



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