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The Amazing (S)
    Sunday February 19, 2012 12:30am - 1:00am @ The Crossroad Club
    The Amazing is an apple that fell far from the tree. A natural process: coming together through affection, then slowly crystallising into a folk-rock- psych-pop- collective slowly pushing, bending then playing with any preconceived notions of pop. When a band take a name like The Amazing, they’d better be have the chops to back it up. Happily, this Swedish outfit – a collective headed by Reine Fiske (who’s solos so furiously it’s as if something’s trapped inside him that must be turned into melody or he’ll burst into flames) of neo-psych juggernauts Dungen and singer-songwriter Christoffer Gunrup – are masterful enough to take that mantle on. Friends first and foremost, it’s this kindred spirit that imbues the band’s two previous releases (“The Amazing” / “Wait For A Light To Come”) with a feeling unlike that of most releases – one of natural harmony, persistent progression and with a panoramic gaze fixed on distant settings. Some review excerpts: ”…the cream of Sweden’s psychedelic/neo-folk underground, an album of rare beauty." – MOJO 4/5 “Swedish underground supergroup’s debut suggests the dusty riches of some
    long-lost LP locked away in psychedelic folk-rock Valhalla.” – SPIN “…a sublime debut, genuinely an amazing album” – UNCUT 4/5 “The Amazing’s first is a gorgeously understated blend of gentle psychedelic pop, tranquil folk rock, and gently stoned prog.” – Q 4/5 “…a classic case of strength in diversity, blurring the boundaries between folk-rock dreaminess and psych splendour” – Word With an all-encompassing sonic soundscape of groovy electric folk rock, psychedelic pop and heavy jams. The intimacy permeating through their songs intensifies itself steadily in the music they produce; swimming idly through the groups twisted melody, yet luminously anchored by Reine’s astral guitar. Elsewhere they forgo interstellar for a more bucolic revelry, built upon acoustic laments and a male and female vocal ripple that could only have spread itself outwards from Sweden’s forlorn beauty. Nothing is introverted or overworked – everything is balanced, kept together by natural melodies, soulful vocals and just how perfect should be. The Amazing is a feeling, an organic consequence of something that effortlessly came together, the start of a quite extraordinary tale. The band will release their 2nd album proper worldwide in October/November 2011; “Gentle Stream” is widescreen, panoramic, horizon-reaching stuff. An elegantly constructed record of moody psychedelic majesty, it comes with a greater dose of CSNY-style Laurel Canyon bliss than those previous recordings. Astral guitars intertwine in serpentine solos, horns blast rainbow melodies and Gunrup’s flute-like voice floats elegantly over the sunset sounds. The line-up completed by Alexis Benson, Johan Holmegard and highly rated jazz drummer Moussa Fadera, The Amazing lives in Stockholm, Sweden and formed plans to collect themselves in this incredible unison. There are doubtless stories to be told. Including the one about playing a show for the Swedish Royal Family and Pink Floyd, where in the crowd Roger Waters appreciatively caught a bouquet thrown from the band during a standing ovation, but this mysterious band hold one principle dear to their hearts: “The music speaks for itself”.
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