This split LP features two Swedish groups doing the homemade psych-drone thing, but it seems like the two couldn't be further apart in terms of mood. The four tracks by Street Drinkers are dark, noisy, and even a bit uncomfortable. The doomy chords and beyond-the-grave vocals recall Robedoor at their scariest, culminating in the doom-noise finale "Clouded Sky."
The Street Drinkers side is fine enough, but the reason to be excited about this LP is the Skeppet side. Specifically the track "Sargasso." The band seems to point to vintage Krautrock as their inspiration, but really, this track is just pure bliss-out balearic disco. It begins with hazy, sunny guitars and a slow drum machine beat similar to the one that begins LCD Soundsystem's "Losing My Edge," then some tom-heavy live drums. More elements gradually appear: a bubbling bassline, a rippling guitar line, tambourine, and most of all, the smooth guitar soloing that drives the track home for its 10+ minute duration. Trust me, anyone out there who's into chillwave or nu-disco or whatever and regularly DJs this kind of stuff to crowds, this is totally a record worth tracking down. It doesn't really matter than summer's almost over, because this is the type of track that could make it feel like summer any time of the year.
Skeppet's other track on the record, "Inat Landet," is another hazy summer jam, but with a slower drum machine beat, and plenty of thick-smoke organ jamming. This one mainly just seems to jam on one groove without adding too much to it throughout the track, but it works sort of similar to a Sun Araw jam in that regard.
It seems a bit odd that these two polar-opposite moods are contained on the same LP, but they do complement each other in some bizarre way. It seems like a perverse sense of humor was needed to ensure that a total summer beach jam was buried on the flipside of a dark, grueling psych-noise record. 8/10 -- Paul Simpson (8 September, 2010)