UR KAOS

UR KAOS

This group was named UR in their early years, from 1981 until 1986. During that period they made a famous live, open-air recording: Organic Soundscape Music 2. This was performed in the watertower of Linköping. This town and studio “The Forest” in the woods south of it, has been the working area for the group.

Their first release on vinyl was on a Re Records sampler in spring 1987. This was together with This Heat, David Thomas (Pere Ubu), Anthony Moore (Slapp Happy) and others.

UR KAOS was both groupname and title on the first Lp produced in 1987. Here the long improvised performances and studiosessions were recorded, and afterwards shaped and arranged in the form of songs. The groups own lyrics were mixed with old classics as William Blake and Swedenborg.

The concept of the recording studio as an instrument, developed spontaneously through this album. It was later confirmed and explored in the work on the Lp A terrible beauty is born (1990). This album faces a more straight-forward and brutal attitude. Though the lyrics are more abstract or ambiguous. The classics were here to, in the words of Shakespeare and Aiskylos.

A third album appeared about ten years later, in 2000: Av sprucket ut är valt ett inuti (impossible to translate). During this long period the music made changes into more obscure and strange sounds. A simple form, or structure, but a very personal and unique combination of rhythmical patterns and sound-textures. Many layers upon each other composed a picture of unidentified colours. The lyrics are in Swedish, which also gives a different character compared to the earlier releases.

Members of UR KAOS: Johan Hedrén – keyboards, guitar, backing vocals. Mats B Paulsson – vocals, electric bass, guitar, basspedals, clavinet. Lars Lach’n Jonsson – vocals, drums, strings.

Masks on the photo by Swedish artist Roj Friberg.

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