Samla Mammas Manna's keyboardist/accordionist/composer Lars Hollmer has been making his unique and wonderful music for nearly 40 years. Lars plays accordions and keyboards, percussion and vocals and is joined by Michel Berckmans (Univers Zero) on bassoon, English horn and oboe, Santiago Jimenez on violins and Andreas Tengberg on cello. Guests include Morgen Agren on drums, Coste Apetrea on mandolin and Ulf Wallender on tenor sax.
Musically Hollmer is all over the map integrating Euopean, South American and Asian folk motifs, jazz and rock strains, 19th & 20th century classical musics and even references to Swedish pop. Fans of his work with Samlas will be pleased with this release but this music is much more diverse and subtle than the band's work. Ultimately Lars' solo output stands up to repeated listenings even moreso than Samlas as it takes a while for the subtleties to emerge! Highly recommended to fans of Samlas, Von Zalma or Euro chamber-rock in general.