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LP version. Subliminal Sounds presents a new album by the groundbreaking Swedish folk rock band, Kebnekajse. Aventure contains nine new songs that build on the passion and joy of folk music, from the airy happiness and steady rhythm to the melodic melancholy conjured by psychedelic folk rock. Aventure is Kebnekajse's ninth album since their debut in 1971 and the third since returning in 2001. The last album Idioten/The Idiot (SUBL 079LP/080CD) was nominated for a Swedish Grammy in 2012 in the "Best Rock" category. "We live on as if we never had taken a break. For us, music is not a museum piece that sounds the same every day. Our music stands for something that doesn't stop, but continues to evolve," says Kenny Håkansson, the band's illustrious psychedelic guitar wizard with a history in such legendary Swedish bands as T-Boones, Baby Grandmothers, Mecki Mark Men and Dag Vag. Aventure was recorded in the legendary Silence studios in Värmland, Koppom with none other than Anders Lind behind the controls. The album contains five new discoveries from the Swedish folk music treasury and four new original songs. Kebnekajse's distinctive and pioneering folk-rock sound is as strong as a mountain, as in the initial "Snickar-Anders" (trans. "Carpenter-Anders"), where heavy drums, percussion and double basses urge on distorted guitars and violin to purposefully play tag with an elusive Swedish folk melody. But the music also takes new and unexpected twists. A mandolin gives an exotic, pensive tone to "Vallåt efter Britta Jansson" (trans. "Grazing-ground Song After Britta Jansson"). A Western-sounding guitar is accompanied by the now-hilarious mandolin on "Svartbergstrollen" (trans. "Black Mountain Trolls"), which effortlessly bounces between major and minor. On the dreamy "Vallåt efter Måns Olsson" (trans. "Grazing-ground Song After Måns Olsson"), the guitar folk loops hover over a distinct African thumb piano. Aventure offers more African elements -- and three songs with vocals. On the title-track, Hassan Bah tells the tale of how he, as a 15 year-old, left his home country of Guinea and eventually more or less accidentally arrived in Sweden. And on "Battery," Hassan comments on his recent trip to Africa, in the Zuzu language over a high-powered psychedelic Afrobeat. With Aventure, Kebnekajse add new pieces to their musical mosaic -- Swedish folk-rock with psychedelic overtones -- now with more African undertones.