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Thursday, October 12, 2017
AVGRUNDEN – Nu närmar vi oss... (MNW, 1975)
International relevance: ***
Malmö band Avgrunden had
been around for two years when MNW released their first and only
album ”Nu närmar vi oss...” in 1975. When Blå Tåget
disintegrated after releasing ”Slowfox” in 1974, some thought
Avgrunden were those most likely to follow in Blå Tåget's
footsteps. Perhaps it was the use of clarinet that tricked people
into thinking that, because Avgrunden have little to do with Blå
Tåget. Their music is indeed diverse just like Blå Tåget's, but
Avgrunden were a tighter band and their music was more fluent.
It's a pity that ”Nu närmar vi
oss...” is such a neglected effort – it's one of the lesser acknowledged albums most worthy of a wider attention. The
songs are well crafted and melodic, often beautiful with poetic
sensibilities. As one might expect from the album cover with a red star attached to the Swedish national flag, the lyrics are political but not in that yell-in-your-face fashion known from many other, overtly political bands
of the era. The message never gets in the way of the music. The vocals blend in nicely with the music,
creating a cohesive and very engaging whole, thorough but not
For want of a better word,
”Nu närmar vi oss...” is in a folk rock style, but it has too many facets to
comfortably pinpoint really. There are touches of
psychedelia (”Skräckfärden”) and even tango (”Datamaskin”).
Sometimes they remind me of Samla Mammas Manna, as in opening/closing
track ”Signaturen”, and sometimes of Thomas Wiehe (not only
because of the Skåne dialect).
Singer and multi-instrumentalist Raimo
Juntunen actually appeared with Thomas Wiehe in the much debated
children's TV series ”Vilse in pannkakan” in 1975, as well as on Wiehe's fine and under-appreciated ”Tårta och raketer” from
1977. In 1985 Juntunen teamed up with Björn J:son Lindh in Triangulus
along with members of Ragnarök, Samla Mammas Manna and Arbete &
Sven-Olof Lorentzen became a prolific author following Avgrunden's
demise. His works include novels, children's books and theatrical