ALBUM PRIMAL, VIRGIN RELEASE: FEBRUARY 14, 2000 REVIEW: FEBRUARY 12, 2000
Fleshquartet makes, from time to time, music for grey afternoons by the window. On their new "Love Go" they've done just that and many of the 17 songs invites your thoughts to wander away along paths of their own.
Fleshquartet, that actually is a quintet, has been active for about 15 years. Over time they have combined their music built on viola, violin, cellos and drums with for example programming and samplings. In 1989 singer Freddie Wadling joined the band, but others like Stina Nordenstam, Joakim Thåström and Nina Persson have been guest-vocalists on previous albums. "Love Go" is instrumental without Wadling.
Fleshquartet has, beside their own albums, also written music for several films and commercials, as well as they have worked together with theatre and ballet ensembles.
That seems to have rubbed off a bit on "Love Go", as the faster and sometimes more experimental sound has turned aside for more calm and low-key songs this time. And these are the ones that suit especially moments in the armchair by the window.
Fleshquartet always turn out to be somewhere on the edge - sometimes they manage to go all the way, sometimes they fall over. Some songs get slightly overwhelming, a bit too much, but over all - this is alternative string music that works.