Three blokes from Sweden rewind the clock back to the late 60’s and the world wakes up to a brand new era, a parallel dimension kinda deal where proto-metal never happened. Where Cream was just an idea Ginger Baker once had but hadn’t actually bothered to talk to Eric Clapton about it (and Clappers hadn’t even heard of Jack Bruce) and Bobby Liebling hadn’t had the time to form Pentagram as he was far too busy scoring dope.
Get the picture? Good.
That’s the situation as Svvamp appear to see it.
Laid back, bluesy, psychedelic and as fuzzy as fuck, the 10 fantastic tracks which make up Svvamp 2 are spellbindingly simple and achingly retro. Such faithful derivation of familiar sounds may make some classic rock fans puke into their laps but they’d be missing the point. Svvamp are merely honouring an era of freedom and artistic expression. Besides, the likes of “Sunshine Street” are so beautiful rendered, bordering on Kinks-esque poppy, and so mesmerisingly effortless that you will believe that Svvamp 2 is a lost record from the 60’s, recently unearthed and ready to be lauded as a forgotten classic.
Fans of Cream, Blue Cheer, Pentagram, Free and Creedence will lap this up. The cynics will probably hate it. Well, fuck ’em; Svvamp 2 is a charming snapshot of innocent times and should be treated as such! 7/10
Svvamp 2 was released on 4th May, 2018. Get some!