Causa Sui - Summer Sessions Vol. 1
(Elektrohasch Records 125, LP)

From Aural Innovations January 2009 update)

This is a limited edition of 500 numbered copies on vinyl only release and the first in what will be a series of 3 records. They may all be released on CD after the 3 vinyl records come out. The plan is for them to all come out about 6 months apart from what I am told. Anyway, this is the new line up of the band with addition of Johan on Sax (track 3) and no vocals. The opening track is a nearly 25 minute masterpiece jam with some great keyboards and guitars and moving from spaced out stuff to Miles Davis like stuff to stoner rock, Hendrix like riffing. Killer piece of music. Side B features 3 shorter pieces. Red Sun in June starts very relaxed with some cool synthesizers and a nice groove. Jonas plays all the guitars, keyboards and electronics. The track ultimately builds up with some beautiful guitar soloing and I really like the way the organ just hangs in the bottom of the sound. Portuxeddu is next and features Johan on saxophone. The track is a more frantic groove and pace and the layers of sax are mixed in a very psychedelic manner. By far the most jazzy track the band has ever made with the counter rhythms and repetitive guitar line. Cool. The LP ends with Soledad. This track is quite slow and dreamy and again features some great guitar work. This is a step in a totally different direction for the band and I really dig it! One of the best records this year!

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Reviewed by Scott Heller

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