[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”From a review of Master Sleeps by ProgSphere”]With Master Sleeps, Hills continue their explorations of the vast and unknown, discovering more of space and other multidimensional sounds. This album is not only an addition in their growing opus, but also a vertebra that will certainly hold everything that will come after this release. To all psychedelicers and krautrockers out there, I proudly claim: to the top of the Hills![/pullquote]
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We’re entering the realm of experimental elektro/kraut-rock in the company of Sweden’s Hills.
But even though this is a pretty firm skeleton for the music they create, Hills are not simply satisfied with aping a style.
They take this skeleton, regard it with some amount of curiosity, then set out to retro-fit it with various trimmings and trinkets, in the form of for instance long, mesmerizing psychedelic guitar-parts, rhythms with a distinct Middle-Eastern and Indian feel, and various driftwood from the long and rugged history of acid, space and psych. In the end creating an exotic mix that’s pretty far above the sum of the ingredients.
[pullquote align=”normal” cite=”From an interview by SoundBlab”]Well, the foundation of the song ‘National Drone’ was made in a traditional Hills way. We jammed until it felt OK and I’d say we weren’t really thinking of anything specific, or aiming for a specific goal. But yes, some of us have listened to music from West Africa. I think for every record we’ve made, at least one song has been inspired by music from that big continent. We’ve had working titles such as “The African Song” or ” Tinariwen”. It’s hard though to achieve that magic groove. I listen to all types of world music. Its hard to really pinpoint what inspires what[/pullquote]
On top of that, they do seem to like throwing in a curveball track now and again, like the sublime, empathic Claras Våggvisa or the droney sinistry of Death Shall Come, upsetting the flow and balance, keeping things fresh and interesting.
On recent album Frid (2015) they also added elements from both Scandinavian folk and good old Velvet Underground (the former in the form of melody structure, the latter in the more intense drum-bass foundation).
So it would seem Hills are on their own quest of musical exploration, that has sent them pillaging on the seas of music past, intent on returning with something uniquely their own – before immediately setting sails again.
And when they seek harbor in Tillburg, you’ll be able to experience for yourself the results of their underwater excavations.
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Hills will propel the 2016 festival into an intense, psychedelic experience on Friday, April 15 at Het Patronaat in Tilburg, The Netherlands.
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|Master Sleeps||LP (2011)|
Review quote from ProgSphere
Interview quote from SoundBlab