Look! There Is

Look! There Is

by Life on Earth!
     
 

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Life on Earth! is Dungen's Mattias Gustavsson's solo project and Look!! There Is Life on Earth! is his first album -- and what an impressive debut it is. On his own, Gustavsson retains Dungen's psychedelic vibe, while stripping off the rock ethos and the high-density collage action. What remains after that shift is a sunny-side-up form…  See more details below

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Life on Earth! is Dungen's Mattias Gustavsson's solo project and Look!! There Is Life on Earth! is his first album -- and what an impressive debut it is. On his own, Gustavsson retains Dungen's psychedelic vibe, while stripping off the rock ethos and the high-density collage action. What remains after that shift is a sunny-side-up form of psychedelic songwriting, a cross between the lightness of Scandinavian melodies and U.S. West Coast vocal harmonies. The perfect companion for a road trip on a hot summer day, Look!! There Is Life on Earth! features instantly likable hooks, intricate arrangements, and pervasive sonic experiments, all presented without a care in the world. The album begins with a stunning spell of flute strongly reminiscent of Rahsaan Roland Kirk, before kicking off into a memorable psychedelic song so true to form it stands right on the verge of pastiche. Beatles influences pop up everywhere on the album, along with strong elements of early Pink Floyd ("Right in Between") and King Crimson ("You Are There," maybe closer to the proto-KC Giles, Giles & Fripp). After the album proper, there is a half-hour uncredited piece of experimental music, mostly Tibetan bowls and bells over a heartbeat -- an interesting coda, but a drastic change in mood and approach. Luckily, it's easy to skip if you don't feel like changing mental gears. Appearances from Mia Doi Todd and members of Dungen, the Works, and Town and Country add a few surprises, but don't get this album because of the guest list; get it because it is a nearly perfect modern summertime psychedelic pop opus.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/15/2007
Label:
Subliminal Sounds
UPC:
7393210134201
catalogNumber:
20

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Performance Credits

Life on Earth!   Primary Artist
Mia Doi Todd   Sounds
Andres Renteria   Sounds
Mattias Gustavsson   Sounds
Stefan Kéry   Sounds
Gustav Ejstes   Sounds
Benjamin Vida   Sounds
Johan Holmegard   Sounds
Karl Max   Sounds
Andreas Stellan   Sounds
Martin Fogelström   Sounds
Erik Lundin   Sounds
Magnus Almqvist   Sounds
Joshua Abrams   Sounds

Technical Credits

Mia Doi Todd   Engineer
Mattias Gustavsson   Engineer
Stefan Kéry   Executive Producer
Life on Earth!   Composer
Sophia Knapp   Collage
Pierre Lindsjöö   Engineer
Martin Fogelström   Engineer

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