I believe that I once described the sound of Sagor & Swing (Eric Malmberg?s previous band) as the sonic equivalent to the morning after a particularly vodka-soaked Swedish Midsummer feast in the middle of some endless forest. The majestic beauty of an ancient fir forest has always been all over the place in Malmberg?s music and that?s still very much the case here. There?s some sort of sadness and disillusion to all this that feels like something you only can perceive the day after drinking a bit too much in this kind of environment.
What we get musically speaking is eight incredibly meditative tracks including nothing but Hammond organ, resulting in a sound which can be found somewhere in the lands between progressive pop, downcast Krautrock and ambient music. But don?t be fooled to believe that these instrumental pieces work as background music as they?re way too emotionally rich to waste on such actions. These organ melodies hold the powers of a funeral hymn and does evoke feelings of hesitancy and even regret that rescue the floating dreamscapes from approaching mere prettiness.
"Den g?tfulla m?nniskan" is a highly personal album that seemingly is constructed as a sonic journey into the human psyche. Whether you hear that or not doesn?t really matter as this sort of music provides personal images of the highest possible caliber that will stick with you for the rest of the week. 8/10 -- Mats Gustafsson (25 May, 2005)