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ARTIST
TITLE
Merkurius
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
SUBL 129CD SUBL 129CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
11/30/2018

Merkurius is the mind-melting new surprise album from Baby Grandmothers, the originators of Swedish psychedelia. The band launches into drones, avant-garde dirges, and fevered hard-rockin' wig-outs heavily overblown with jams rocketing into surreal spheres, all with an urgency of the now. Baby Grandmothers are bona fide psychedelic originators. The three-piece band consisting of Kenny Håkansson, Bengt Linnarson, and Pelle Ekman originally formed in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1967. Established after the dissolution of the R&B band, The T-Boones, the Baby Grandmothers group enjoyed a cult following as the house band at the legendary psychedelic music club Filips. Here, they became one of Sweden's original key psychedelic bands, together with Pärson Sound and Hansson & Karlsson. In 1968, the Baby Grandmothers were chosen as the support for the Swedish leg of the Jimi Hendrix Experience European tour. After releasing their first, and only, single (now one of the highest-priced records from the Swedish '60s psychedelic/progressive rock canon), the band expanded to a four-piece and gradually morphed into the Mecki Mark Men. This formation came to release two albums (one of them on prestigious US label Limelight) and became the first Swedish rock band to do a major US tour. After recording their last album in the Chess studio in Chicago, the band split up, but the original power-trio continued on with a new musical vision: to merge acid rock with Swedish folk music; Kebnekajse was born. They became one of the most popular of all Swedish psychedelic/progressive bands of the 1970s and had a huge influence on young Swedish musicians, and are still active and very popular today. Baby Grandmothers are now back at their power-trio roots, still consisting of the original band members led by the legendary Swedish psychedelic guitarist Håkansson. After 50 years in the service of psychedelic music, this new album finds the Baby Grandmothers at their peak and as timeless as ever.