The lush psych-pop sound of Copenhagen’s Halasan Bazar returns with their ambitious third album, “Burns”. After numerous shows, recording sessions, a powerful collaboration LP and tours, “Burns” finds the band even more seasoned and impressive, giving the record a breezy naturalism from these gurus of their psychedelic craft.
Recorded in the French mountains, armed with a magical unending bag of weed, Halasan Bazar laid down these tunes mostly live - all vocals, acoustic guitars, drums and piano. This immediacy emphasizes their blissed out sonics, buoyant melodies and kaleidoscopic composition, each moment purposefully placed creating their rich sonic tapestry. Inspired by the greats of Greenwich Village’s ‘60s folk, the lavish production of Lee Hazlewood, vocal harmonies of yesteryear and hallucinogenic day tripping. Some surf-y guitar vibes and plenty of driving piano jams too.
Tunes like “Freak” wave that Halasan flag proudly atop infectious guitar melodies and layered vocal harmonies creating a sing-a-long anthem for the misfits and the weirdos out there. “Get Sick and Die” incorporates swelling strings for an unexpectedly dreamy passage alongside sophisticated rock ’n’ roll. One of many highlights, “Burns My Mind” has a driving, catchy groove and the entire band firing on all cylinders crafting a bombastic party atmosphere.
A beautiful and vivid album from an unapologetic band of freaks and dreamers, Halasan Bazar effortlessly leave their mark with “Burns".
Steve Rosborough, Moon Glyph Records
released March 17, 2017
All songs written by Fredrik Rollum Eckhoff
All songs arranged, played and recorded by Halasan Bazar & Ray Borneo at La Gargouille, Chambon-sur-Ligon, France April 2015
All songs mixed, produced and mastered by Ray Borneo.
Fredrik Rollum Eckhoff – Vocal, Guitar, Percussion, Keys
Stefan Ketelsen – Guitar, vocal, bass, piano, organ
Craig Martin Wood – Drums, vocal, ukulele, percussion
Rasmus Klausen – Bass, guitar, vocal
Strings arranged & recorded by K.R. and Fredrik Rollum Eckhoff at The Bunker, Copenhagen
Strings by Pernille Kristiansen, Mei Long Bao, Marit Johansen and Johanna Bolin
Cover photo by Lomostatic at Koncertkirken, Copenhagen.
Cover concept and scenography by Marta Vig and Dominika Szarka.
Cover artwork by Magnus Holder Bjork.