Joakim Skogsberg (Sweden)

Joakim Skogsberg - Offer rota
Here comes my first contribution to Microlips. It's an old and obscure thing, made in the beginning of seventies. You see, I've never cared much about contemporary indie scene. Although I'm not avoiding it intentionally, my main interest is just strange experimental music. And I prefer it to be also old. That's because, when something is old, it seems even stranger. You know - wow! Is it really made 40 years ago?, or - you can't find that kind of music these days anymore - reaction.
Some of those oldtime oddities have now become cult articles. But with some things it's almost impossible to find information. This goes for Joakim Skogsberg "Jola rota" album also. I couldn't find out more, than just one short repeating sentence from the lists of various web based secondhand vinyl stores - "rare Swedish psychedelic folk from 1970". That didn't help much.
In 60/70s there were strong experimental scenes not only in UK and US. Germany, France and Italy had big scenes and most of the European countries had their leading psych/experimental groups. But I've always had an impression, that Sweden was somehow underdeveloped in that sense. Compared to the massive German krautrock wave, Sweden must have had the same amount of easylistening folkrock groups. Joakim Skogsberg is actually the only highly experimental Swedish psych freakout I've heard, except Träd Gräs och Stenar.
Anyway, the music on "Jola rota" is something really unique. It maybe called kraut influenced folk music, but that doesn't explain how trippy it is. It's like primeval chanting with the touch of Timothy Leary's LSD recordings. Mystic and ritualistic, but also spacy and timeless. Like a signal of a haunting folk music beyond centuries received through a transmitter in some spacelab.


At 16/8/07 12:39, Anonymous Anonymous said...

There's some info on Joakim in Swedish which I'll translate for you. He was born in november 1946 in Stockholm, and got interested by nature in an early age. He later moved from the city to the nature in Jamtland in the middle of Sweden.

He was a part of the happenings in Stockholm in the sixties, among other things he recorded some live gigs with Träd, Gräs och Stenar (the "Festen På Gärdet" CD).

Jola Rota was recorded on the very small label GUMP in 1971 (which was actually the big Metronome labels side project for more experimental music). It's inspired by folkmusic from Jamtland. The kind of humming that is on the record is traditionally called "Jola" and "Rota". The record was produced by Swedish artist Pugh Rogefeldt who's also on the record, as well as some members of folkpsych group Kebnekaise.

Lately Skogsberg has made a living on art (painting etc), and he's also made some new music quite similar to Jola Rota.

Also, I'd like to say that there's more interesting folkpsych out of Sweden. Träd Gräs och Stenar's earlier incarnations Harvester, International Harvester and Pärsson Sound are great. Then there's Älgarnas Trädgård that sound surprisingly kraut-like, as well as incorporating Swedish folk and a medieval feel. Also there's Handgjort with a more Indian style. Fläsket Brinner is also worth checking out if you like jazzier rock, and the first record by Archimedes Badkar is a great mix of everything. And last but not least there's Arbete och Fritid, they are different on each record but it's often avantgardistic folk/jazz/psych. All this stuff is shared on soulseek and perhaps you can find it elsewhere on the net too.

At 5/4/08 23:37, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could you please re-up this for me? Thank you, in advance...

At 8/4/08 00:09, Anonymous Anonymous said...

please re-up this??? PLease thanks

At 4/1/09 03:21, Blogger Emil said...

Hey, there's more to Swedens psych/prog-contribution than this! Except Pärson Sound, that this anonymous guy told you about, there are several more. Just exactly now I'm listening to "Anna Själv Tredje"'s album "Tussilago Farfara" (1977) (Band name translation is "The Virgin and Child with St. Anne" (an Leonardo da Vinci painting), album translation is the flower Coltsfoot (Tussilago Farfara in latin)). Then there is "Iskra", with the album "Allemansrätt" (also 1977). Anna Själv Tredje is really a very electro-krautish, somehow Tangerine Dream-like in sound. Iskra is more of an free folk improv thing, but both with super quality! The Swedish site www.progg.se is maybe to some help in finding new swedish things, even though it is in Swedish. Peace //Emil


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