Every other lost band is a â€śsuper-groupâ€ť that deserved a better future. Â In most cases, Iâ€™m the first enthusiast in such artifact recoveries. Â Maybe the emotion is linked to the remnants of my childhood dream to become an archeologist, but Iâ€™m rarely the first one to uncover anything…sometimes though, the spell just doesnâ€™t work. Â Not all obscure bands from the Sixties were unrecognized geniuses. Â Some were just good bands, thatâ€™s it. Â Itâ€™s the case here with this â€śsuper-groupâ€ť from Iceland. Â The label describes this as a super-group because TrĂąbrot was the combination of two Icelandic groups; HljĂ˛mar and Flowers. Â But this is Iceland, an isolated piece of volcano in the middle of an ocean and before the World Wide Web. Â Founded in 1969, this band didnâ€™t get much international coverage in an era where it was almost impossible to export your music if you were singing in an obscure language. Â So itâ€™s hard to refer to the sound of these two bands. Â Sure hippies, were into Lord of the Rings and all of that, but TrĂąbrot is no Sigur RĂ˛s, nor Bjork.
Even if I was not seduced by the history or the music on this record, I have to admit that itâ€™s entrusted with good musical ideas, exploring different genres, trying to find a different path. Â The music of TrĂąbrot brings to mind the likes of Frank Zappa or Tigerlilies. Â Even if I donâ€™t speak Icelandic, I kind of grasped an inherent humor in most of these songs, a humor that positions TrĂąbrot as a predecessor of certain underground French rock bands from late Seventies, part of the whole Rock In Opposition movements, and more particularly Etron Fou Leloublan. Â Vocals are shared by a male/female duo, sometimes theatrical, bordering on cabaret mannerism (hence the Tigerlilies reference). Â Two songs are sung in English, part of the bonus tracks added to the original material. Â Blending elements of rock, folk, jazz and pop music, they sure sound like they had a lot of fun recording this. Â More than I had listening to it.