Compiled by Patrik Lager and featuring an edited version of the track “Gånglåt från Vintergatan,” which was originally premiered here, the new video from Swedish progressive instrumentalists Agusa feels about right in its level of trippiness. The album from whence this abridged edition of the track comes, Agusa Två — or Agusa 2, numerically speaking — arrived in July via The Laser’s Edge and the band’s own Kommun2 label, and while you don’t get the full 20-minute breadth of the song, as a sampler, there’s not much more one could reasonably ask that the clip doesn’t deliver.
Including curio fodder. “Gånglåt från Vintergatan” is set to footage from the 1968 Swedish educational film, Curious Alice, which seems to have been an anti-drug propaganda piece, but watching the video it’s pretty obvious the Swedes didn’t mean it. Might be a stretch to assign credit to a single source to the nation’s decades-long affair with heavy, psychedelic and stoner rock(s), but I can’t really imagine being 12 years old, watching Curious Alice and not thinking that lysergics are awesome and something I definitely want to try just as soon as I finish not doing my math homework.
No doubt Agusa‘s sweetly melodic, richly psychedelic flourish is a part of that impression, but if you take a look at the video, you’ll see what I mean either way. The album seems to have been something of a sleeper — not really a surprise given its mostly-instrumental, progressive form; that stuff’s not for everybody as much as it might seem otherwise to the converted while listening — but that doesn’t mean it’s not also a deeply satisfying listen, and if you haven’t heard any of it yet, the video’s a great way to get introduced.
PR wire info follows the clip below. Enjoy:
Agusa, “Gånglåt från Vintergatan” official video
AGUSA: New Video From Swedish Psychedelic/Prog Alchemists Now Playing
Last month, Swedish psychedelic/prog alchemists, AGUSA, dropped the hallucinatory bounty of their Agusa 2 (Två ) full-length via Laser’s Edge. Boasting forty ethereal minutes of tranquil, trance-inducing, folk-inspired, occult rock divided into two epic tracks, AGUSA’s kaleidoscopic output conjures images of nature and the cosmos, their extensive passages meandering into realms of a possibly supernatural or parallel existence.
In celebration of its release, the band offers up the optical companion to opening hymn, “Ganglat Fran Vintergatan.” Captured by Patrik Lager the appropriately tripnotic video features original footage from 1968’s Curious Alice, an educational film for public school children, focused on the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse in the context of Alice In Wonderland story.
AGUSA was spawned in 2013, when Tobias Petterson and Mikael Ödesjö, former members of Kama Loka, recruited Dag Strömqvist and Jonas Berge for their early ’70s progressive rock project. The outfit eventually ventured out to the countryside where Strömqvist lived, to a place called Agusa -a loose gathering of homes deep in the forest. Within these secluded surroundings, and during a amazingly sunny, Summer day, the new collective had an extensive, extremely inspired jam session that helped solidify the direction of their sound. In the Autumn of 2014, the band recorded their debut, Högtid, which was released on vinyl and digital media in early 2014.
Following a number of performances that Winter, Strömqvist fled AGUSA to travel India, and Tim Wallander, also a member of blues trio Magic Jove, joined the band. In the beginning of 2015, armed with a refreshed lineup, AGUSA entered Studio Möllan to record their sophomore full-length, this time having asked a close friend of theirs, Jenny Puertas, to play flute on the recording. The match was so perfect that the band instantly invited her into the band full-time, expanding their lineup once again.