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Row 1 left: Let
your freak flag fly. Garageland records 1993.
After the Darker release, Garageland wanted a track
for a psychedelic/progressive compilation with Swedish
bands only. Fittingly, darXtar was expanding their
line-up and was keen to try this constellation out in
the studio. A brand new track, UFO (lyrics by
Nurmenniemi, music by Bengtsson), was picked in favour
of Voices of my dreams, as the latter was better
suited to be included on Daybreak. At the studio they
met violinist Fredrik Sundqvist, a friend of Patric,
for the first time. He was more into ethnic music but
was nevertheless willing to jam along. This added a
flavour of eastern mystique to the darXtar sound and
this was to be further explored on Daybreak, on which
Sundqvist was a full time member of the band. A quite
sloppy production by Gurra at Studio Workstation on an
otherwise excellent example of darXtar space rock. A
favourite on live gigs. Back
Row 1 center:
Revenge of the orange. Briskeby records 1996.
A limited edition compilation of Scandinavian
progressive music. So when on earth did darXtar become
progressive? Well, if you ask the band, never!
However, if the opening track on Sju, Obstakel, had to
be categorized (as they always are) it was without
doubt more related to progressive music than space
rock. What the prog community didn't know was that
this was only a freak jam by the band, with no
intention to flirt with the proggers. Anyway, this led
to the participation on this CD. The track 6½ is a cut
down version of 7 as they were too busy with the
Tombola project to come up with a unique recording. Back to top.
Row 1 right:
Space Box. Cleopatra records 1996.
USA based Cleopatra was one of the labels darXtar had
tried to land a deal with for a long time. Mainly for
its excellent distribution and partly because their
founder was a Hawkwind fan. This has so far only lead
to their participation on a number of compilations, of
which the ambitious triple CD Space Box was first out.
For this strange mix of "space, krautrock & acid
trips" they remixed This Alien Nation from Sju with a
shipload of space synths and feedback guitars, more
reminiscent of the Darker era. The band consider this
version to be superior to the original. Back to top.
Row 2 left: A tribute to the
music & works of Brian Eno. Cleopatra records
So if darXtar is a space rock band, why are they
included on this compilation? Brian Eno surely can't
be described as a space rocker, rather the popular
face of art music! Well, space rock was always only
one of the sides of darXtar, up until Sju definitely
the main one. But nevertheless they were inspired by a
wide range of musicians and composers. Here they found
a nice break in the more complex recording sessions of
Tombola, and as they figured the other acts would
probably be racking up their complete arsenal of
synthesisers, they did the opposite and recorded an
unplugged ambient version of The Secret Place with an
extremely detuned 12-string guitar as base, topped off
with the eerie sound of the primitive ocarina, various
voices and percussion. All embedded in a dreamy mix. A
popular track within the band, more space than art. Back to top.
Row 2 center: The fox lies down - a
tribute to Genesis. Cleopatra records 1998.
This is getting worse by the minute - from Hawkwind to
Eno, and now Genesis! Surely this band did nothing
that can be incorporated in the darXtar sound. Sure
they did! Anything can be incorporated if you ask the
band, and early Genesis happened to be one of Jacobson
and Martensson's favourite acts. So they were declared
in charge of this recording, actually a
cassette/computer production like the early darXtar
stuff. It is a version of Dancing With The Moonlit
Knight, with some proof to Bjorn's abilities as a
guitar player. A tender interpretation of the
original. Back to top.
Row 2 right: Copenhagen Space Rock
Festival Compilation 2002.
Burnt Hippie Recordings 2003.
In 2001 a friend from the States who now lives in
Denmark asked if darXtar would care to join a Space
Rock Festival to be held in Copenhagen. Needless to
say the band agreed and as part of the plan a
compilation CD with tracks from each of the
participating band would be released on Burnt Hippie
Recordings. For all sorts of reasons the festival
sadly never became a reality but it was decided that
the CD should be released anyway. darXtar decided to
dig up some old live stuff that never came to use and
cleaned the tapes up a bit. The first track is
Magicians from the Daybreak album, recorded in Berlin
at a quite good gig in january 1995 that was partly
destroyed by some strange woofing bass sound. The line
up on it is K.Soren Bengtsson on guitar and vocals,
Marcus Pehrsson on bass, Patric Danielsson on drums
and Sören Mårtensson on keyboards. The second track,
Aberrant Station from the first album, was recorded in
Belgium in september 1994. Here the line up is K.Soren
Bengtsson on guitar and vocals, Juba Nurmenniemi on
vocals and bass, Patric Danielsson on drums and Sören
Mårtensson on keyboards. The recordings are basic and
raw but shows some of the potential of the band as a
live act. Back to top.
Row 3 left: Daze of the
underground - A tribute to Hawkwind. Godreah
And so the inevitable Hawkwind tribute...This should
be the most obvious tribute for darXtar, still it
didn't come around until they finally got rid of that
old Hawkwind ghost. There was no doubt though that
they were going to participate, and The Watcher, from
the 'glory days' (1970-75) was chosen. As usual they
had to do everything backwards and, since it was
released on a Heavy Metal label, it had to be
something acoustic. Recorded over a day at studio
terra, they went back to the ideas of the Eno tribute
i.e. no electronics or drums, just weird instruments
and oral spacesounds behind the repetitive guitar and
bass to create that special raw feeling. Performing on
the track is K.Soren on guitar and vocals, Marcus on
bass and vocals, Patric on Russian harmonica and other
bizarre instruments and noises, and Fredrik on the
hypnotic violin. A good version of a favourite track.
Lemmy rules! Back to top.
Row 3 center: Daze of the
underground - A tribute to Hawkwind. Black Widow
Same as the above only released in a 3-LP box set
with poster and sticker. Back
Row 3 right: Higher and
Higher - A tribute to the Moody Blues. Mellow
For the Moody Blues tribute, darXtar choose to take
on "The Dream", a poem from the "On the Threshold of
a Dream" album. A clear step away from the original
version! This is another experimental interpretation
that the band themselves are very fond of. Visit Mellow Records for
info. Back to top.
Row 4 left: Rökstenen - A
tribute to Swedish progressive rock of the 70's.
Musea Records 2009.
For this compilation DARXTAR picked one of world
renowned Swedish composer Ralph Lundstens earlier
works from his "Ölskog" album released in 1968.
Cosmic Love received the usual treatment from the
band and is a very psychedelic interpretation
indeed. Lundsten himself acknowledged the DARXTAR
version and wished them the best of luck! Visit Musea Records for
info. Back to top.