Monday, April 6, 2015

Hooffoot- Hooffoot (Paura di Niente Records PDN001)

Hooffoot is a progressive jazz rock band from Malmö, Sweden. The group is led by Par Hallgren (Sgt Sunshine, Carpet Knights, ØSC, Deathening). The musicians that make up the rest of the group also play in many local acts like Agusa, Carpet Knights, Mantric Muse, ØSC). The album features two long instrumental tracks highly inspired by Italian prog bands like PFM, Il ballet di bronzo.. Side A starts off with Last flight of the Ratite (18mins) and starts off with a nice long sax solo by Ida Hallgren and this leads into the next section where there is some great interaction between the keyboards and guitar players, while the bass line is leading the way. The middle section with these awesome swirling keys and cool bass just blew me away! I could continue to describe each movement in these complicated pieces but let’s just say that the band has amazing dynamics and fans of Italian 70s prog and jazz will love this. Amazing record and for sure one of my favorites this year… Fans of Diagonal will like these guys also. Side 2 starts off pretty mellow and tranced out with some nice flute and layers of melodies as the track grows.  This one also features a bit more horns with trumpet and sax and at least one theme that sounded really familiar. I should mention this was recorded 100% analog…. Sounds amazing.. Pressed in only 500 copies on black vinyl in a nice gatefold sleeve.

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