my swedish friend oscar introduced me to these guys two days ago, and i was hooked before the track even finished. he asked me afterwards if i knew what trummor & orgel translated to, and my response was something like ‘uhhh, no, should i?’ had figured maybe it was their last names or something. apparently it simply means ‘drummer and organ,’ and as accurate of a name as it may be, it’s the ultimate understatement when it comes to the overwhelming power of their tunes. as many of you may know from following me for years, months, or even weeks, i find the holy oscillations of a hammond organ played as intended to be the most moving timbre in all of music, and this duo represents that ideal to its fullest extent.
some of their other songs feature a vocalist, and while it does make them more contemporary and perhaps more accessible for some, i find that their instrumental works exist without a definitive time or place to the sound, which is surely one of the most endearing characteristics to their music. the contrast does make for a nice alternative though, simply for variety’s sake at the very least; the hyperlinked track above is a perfect example of an already-good thing being accentuated by wholehearted vocals and mournful lyrics.
there’s definitely strong influences of retro psychedelia and swedish folk music (not too unlike dungen, i suppose), but they elevate onto another plane by incorporating the harmonic complexities of symphonic and even operatic music. the most clear precedent for their style existed a generation before them, in fellow swedes hansson & karlsson, a duo that utilized the same instrumental configuration in the late ‘60’s and drew the appreciative attention of frank zappa and jimi hendrix. my friend told me he randomly saw them at a music festival, playing to a relatively small crowd, and was absolutely blown away by their performance. likewise, i can very easily foresee myself getting stuck on these guys for a good while.