ARTIST:

A.C.T.

(SWEDEN)
TITLE:

HEATWAVE

(2021)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Fusion, Groovy
"The second EP "Heatwave" continues the approach started in "Rebirth", that of an A.C.T. always as inventive and bouncy."
NUNO777 (16.04.2021)  
3/5
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In 2019, A.C.T. released its first EP in 25 years of existence with a "Rebirth" following the excellent "Circus Pandemonium". Two years later, it's a second EP that is announced with "Heatwave" whose cover strongly reminds the one of "Rebirth" and lets us think that "Heatwave" is the sequel of the latter with a small reference to "Silence" of 2006.

For fifteen years, the Swedes have been rare and each new release, even if it's an EP, is an appointment not to be missed. All the more when we find A.C.T. in all its dimensions of creativity and melodic generosity. It is at least the case on two tracks of the album which play the progressive card and the art of the contrasts as illustrate 'Checked Out' which alternates the cheerful side dear to the Swedes, with its funky riffs and reggae counter-time and the dark atmospheres in a second part, or 'Heatwave' which uses minor harmonies during the choruses. The band's jubilant instrumental style is at work in the dynamic developments that allow these two tracks to really stand out.

The three other tracks of the EP, although of a good level, do not reach the same heights nor the same dose of inventiveness. There are however in 'The Breakup' and 'Dark Clouds' tones that we are not used to hear from A.C.T.. But the construction of the first one remains very linear and exploits a unique theme (close to Toto) while filling it with symphony and a final exutatory rise while the ballad 'Dark Clouds', incriticable on its perfect execution and its sensitive songs, sounds very conventional and without surprise. 'Brother' is typical of the style of the Swedes with a vintage jazz side, federative vocals and beautiful alternations of power and softness.

"Heatwave" is in the continuity of its predecessor "Rebirth", although slightly darker, and is easily listened. Alternating between very good tracks as a synthesis of the band's overall qualities and others perhaps more unusual in their sounds, more direct and less virtuoso in their approach, this EP allows the band to stimulate their writing and stay in touch with their fans.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Heatwave Intro
02. Checked Out
03. Brother
04. Dark Clouds
05. Heatwave
06. Breakup

LINEUP:
Herman Saming: Chant
Jerry Sahlin: Chant / Claviers / Vocoder
Ola Andersson: Chant / Guitares
Peter Asp: Basse / Claviers
Thomas Lejon: Batterie
   
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CORTO1809
18/04/2021
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A la fois accessible et original, "Heatwave" est à même de satisfaire à la fois les amateurs d'une musique directe et ceux qui recherchent un minimum de sophistication. On passe un très bon moment.
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