"Makajodama" (The Laser's Edge; 2009)

Reviewed by Christopher J. Kelter

Makajodama is an instrumental post-rock/progressive band hailing from Sweden. The music on this self-titled debut really defies description in the sense that any label would simply appear as an all too convenient (and somewhat inappropriate) way to describe the band. This is not to say that Makajodama are plying their trade in a wacky, disparate combination of sounds – indeed, this debut features a different approach.

A lot of the post-rock styled bands I’ve heard recently feature a more prominent influence of jazz. However, this is not the case with Makajodama. Makajodama’s sound is rooted in the classic progressive rock style – yet it is unique in the way the strings and other unconventional instruments suggest a truly symphonic style. Makajodama is global without being tribal, unconventional without being unlistenable, and unique without being off-putting.

“Makajodama” was produced by Nicklas Barker (Anekdoten).

Makajodama is Mathias Danielsson on guitar, bass, organ, pedal steel, and percussion; Karin Larsdotter on cello and percussion; Johan Klint on violin and organ; and Matthias Ankarbrandt on drums and percussion.  Guests include Michel Reisler on agogo, Lars Tillberg Galsgaard on berimbao and pandeiro, Tobias Wahlstedt on flute, Christine Jost on bassoon, Gustav Nygren on saxophone, and Stian Grimstad on sitar, tuba, and baritone horn.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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