Klyfta – Cosmic Pilgrimage: The Klyfta Tapes (1972-1975)

Released in 2020 on Big Ego Records

Format: LP


Overview

This lost slab of mythical prog doesn’t shy away from indulging in the retro pleasures of instrumental psych-jammage and triumphant jazz-rock. The atmospheric guitar, spacey Moog, and Hammond organ playing are both epic and economical, nary a note wasted. Philip Grondahl’s violin playing on the opening track is especially heroic, recalling the flights of Jean-Luc Ponty or Mahavishnu’s Jerry Goodman. Despite their collective starward gaze, Klyfta remains firmly grounded by the tight focus of the rhythm section. Aside from the explosive entropy of the first track (beginning with Anders Strand’s expansive upright bass solo), the grooves focus on repetitive momentum with unwavering determination.


Style: Progressive Rock

Vibe: Epic, Retro, Focused, Triumphant, Spacey

Musical Attributes: Riffs, Instrumental


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