Treasury of Music #11: Agents Of Mercy

I really wanted to create some diversity, but being pressed for time this week, I had to feature a band with only three released albums so far. So here is another band from the outstanding Swedish Progressive Rock scene: Agents Of Mercy with Flower Kings members Roine Stolt and Jonas Reingold as well as Lalle Larsson. They are joined by singer Nad Sylvan, who lately toured with Steve Hackett of Genesis fame (and brought the old Genesis tunes to life quite wonderfully, as I can witness), and drummer Walle Wahlgren, who still owes me a hair tie that I lent him at Das Rind, I think. I forget on which occasion, though.
Anyway, he can have it – here is the music:

  • The Fading Ghosts Of Twilight
  • A Quiet Little Town
  • The Black Forest
  • Mercy & Mercury
  • Between Sun & Moon
  • Roger The Tailor
  • Black Sunday
  • The Duke Of Sadness
  • Freak Of Life
  • Bomb Inside Her Heart
  • Citadel

Treasury of Music #10: Lalle Larsson’s Weaveworld

Lalle Larsson belongs to the vast pool of excellent Swedish Progressive Rock musicians who are seemingly all connected with each other through several bands, among them The Flower Kings, whom I previously featured on the Treasury of Music. The first time I saw Lalle Larsson live was also as opening act for The Flower Kings where he played beautiful solo piano arrangements for a room full of people with everybody listening in wonder – the one man chattering was quickly quietened down. Quite a concert experience which you might only get at Prog concerts (apart from Classical).
In Lalle Larsson’s Weaveworld the pianist and composer teamed up with, amongst others, one of my favourite bass players Jonas Reingold for three albums full of a mixture of heavy Prog with a strong Jazz influence and those beautiful, melancholic melodies that only Swedes seem to be able to write. Listen and enjoy for yourself:

  • A Demon’s Kiss
  • Dance Of The Dead
  • Newborn Awakening
  • Insomnia
  • Nocturne
  • Otherworldly
  • City Of Lost Souls
  • Marionette
  • Infinity Of Worlds
  • Rainbow’s Gold

Treasury of Music #9: The American Drag

Back in 2010 I discovered Bandcamp, an excellent platform for (self-)releasing music. In a video, where they showcased a new feature or something, they had music playing of this great Rock/Pop band, The American Drag, with melodies and harmonies that intrigued me right from the start. I immediately checked both their albums out, which they had available in full for free streaming, and soon after that I bought them both and gladly gave a little bit more money than they asked for. So this is a great example of how this name-your-price business model, which I am a huge fan of, can work wonderfully – I never would have known their music, bought it and become a fan if they had not given me the chance to listen to it online.

What I like so much about their music is their ability to craft something that is both radio-friendly / suitable for the masses (in my opinion) and yet always interesting with unanticipated phrases thrown in there ever so often. (Interesting side note: The intro guitar theme of Tied To A Stone subconsciously came to my mind and fingers right after my father died almost exactly four years ago and I played it then for a while next to his bed. I always wanted to make a song out of it until I realised months later that the music already existed.)
A couple of years ago the band was working on a third album, but that sadly seems to have come to a halt. So you have to make do with what there is so far, but since in their 105 minutes of released music there isn’t really a weak one, that’s quite alright. I still had to throw out some songs for this playlist (to keep it at CD length):

  • Enemy’s God
  • Drive
  • Take Your Medicine
  • Get Your Monies Worth
  • Out Of The Sky
  • Post Runaround Let Down
  • Tied To A Stone
  • Forgotten One
  • Salesman
  • Carton Horse
  • Greed
  • 17 Bars
  • Throwing Fables
  • Awake
  • Dakota
  • Sorry Again
  • Fill Me Up
  • Hottest Day Of The Year