Album: Atomic, Here Comes Everybody (Jazzland)

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The Independent Culture

Like the Lounge Lizards in the 1980s, only better, Norwegian/Swedish quintet Atomic rework the squawks, squeaks and squiggles of classic free jazz to create edgily cool contemporary music.

The freely improvised elements are contained within carefully organised structures and the more you listen, the less the castor oil of the squawks puts you off. What's most striking is how varied the pieces are, and how expertly the group work their acoustic landscape. One for beard-strokers everywhere.

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