I hate to jinx it, but when you hear a band described as “Danish language poetic acid rock”, you almost know what you are in for – and in that respect, Fribytterdrømme’s debut record certainly delivers. What you are in for is a bunch of guys from Svendborg – a town that from what I can tell is actually going back in time, not forward – playing…poetic Danish acid rock. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
This band to me sounds like a lot of the other Danish language psych acts playing around (De Underjordiske or Elevatorfører for prime example) and the lead singer’s phrasing and timbre is very akin to Peter Kure’s (of De Underjordiske) who in turn sounds like CV Jørgensen, who in turn sounds like Eik Skaløe of Steppeulvene. The bands name comes from a collection of poetry published in 1921 by former Svendborg resident – Tom Kristensen, a book that no doubt has provided these fellows with inspiration for their libretti.
Because I’m not a native Danish speaker, some of the nuances of their text are a bit lost on me, but the deliberate delivery from the vocalist and the meter of what I’m hearing conjures up a very intense grapple over what they are trying to say. They are nothing but sincere. I do think that the material from what I could catch – definitely fits the genre though – I’m hearing stuff about Deserts, Space, highness…ummm…yup. It’s acid rock all right.
The album as a whole has a nice ark to it – as any psych album should. With the opening track’s very Doors-ish vibes (including winding organ solo) to the closer’s (“Kviksand”) syrupy folk vibe – it’s a very well put together album with decent production and faultless playing from all the musicians involved, however for my taste, it just needs a touch of something to lift it beyond it’s reverence for the innovators of the genre.
For a debut album though, and a band singing in their native language with such passion and command, you can expect these guys to go places – within Denmark’s borders naturally though. While other bands like the Wands for example, are looking to the USA for inspiration, it’s good to see a homegrown and truly Danish inspired acid rock band.
You can catch what I’ve heard from good ears, is an amazing live set by the boys in a double concert with Japan’s Kikagaku Moyo on 29/5 at Studenterhuset here in Aarhus. This is a show not to be missed either folks. Sound Of Aarhus will have a contest next week to see that you don’t.
"For a debut album though, and a band singing in their native language with such passion and command, you can expect these guys to go places – within Denmark’s borders naturally though." (3.5/6)