Sometimes the best ones creep up on you slowly. It took a while, but once this utterly charming Swedish band's unique synthesis finally gelled in my brain, I was completely hooked and have returned to it a disproportionately large number of times, as Vildkaktus' sunshiny mainline of winsomely lovely proggery is one of the true blue musical happy pills I can readily think of. Much of this explicitly "up" quality comes from a musical groundwork steeped in the sound of Yes circa The Yes Album, but which is then subsequently distilled through a subset of Scandanavian cultural filters that give this record it's rib sticking particularity. All of this begins to particularly stack up in a heady fashion on the thoroughly extraordinary second side, where Vildkaktus' sound opens up even further to include absolutely haunting jazz rock in the early Nucleus mold and tripped out ethic rock jams.
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