Montgolfière - Montgolfière album review
Not a load of hot air: Swedish newcomers Montgolfière reach for the sky and beyond.
Named after the French-invented hot-air balloon, this debut album is the sound of a young quartet from Helsinborg, Sweden, leaving the nest and learning to fly. Montgolfière is the first album in a trilogy about the rise and fall of civilisations as experienced by a group of more-or-less ordinary people. To start, the band display their stoner rock roots with the opening track Edge Of Civilization fiercely following that lead, somewhere between Spiritual Beggars’ psychedelic groove and Earthless’ furious shredding. But soon a more subtle personality is unveiled, with luminous guitar harmonics and plenty of Fender Rhodes capturing a jazzier side, all four members sharing vocals.