The Carpet Knights - "Lost And So Strange Is My Mind"
Transubstans Records 009
Forming in 1998, Sweden's THE CARPET KNIGHTS have finally had the opportunity to
release their full-length debut and it comes in the form of "Lost And So Strange Is My
Mind". The band puts forth nine tracks of smooth, chilled-out Progressive Rock, with
noticeable influences from JETHRO TULL and even some of the late 60's Garage Rock
The band's sound is mostly made up of electric, but not overly-distorted guitars, flute
(remember that JETHRO TULL influence?) and a jazzy rhytm section. The vocals remind a
bit of Josh Homme (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE), ever mellow and almost a bit
indifferent. Psychedelic flourishes abound, with strange guitar effects and background noises
creeping up very frequently.
Those of you into the sounds mentioned above will find an interesting, yet not mind-blowing
record here, but Metalheads might find "Lost And So Strange Is My Mind" a little stale. The
record floats by, passive and restrained, never really breaking out and grabbing you. It just
never really peaks, instead opting to spend its playing time flying just below the radar. A
neat chill-out record, but not much to come back to.