“Demagogue Days” is the third album by the Norwegian prog band Suburban Savages, which music has been described as a sort of mishmash between Brian Eno’s experimental pop music, Gentle Giant’s counterpoint exercises, Happy the Man and Kit Watkins’ joyful progressive rock, Lars Hollmer’s sentimental melodies, Steve Reich’s minimalism and post rock with a twist.
“Demagogue Days” consist of eight songs, ranging from barely 90 seconds to eight minutes in length, and while the lyrics at times deal with rather serious and pressing issues, the band still try to keep their quirky sense of humour, creative whims and playful cheerfulness.
This is an album that embraces Suburban Savages albums of the past, but with vocals taking a more dominant role, more elaborate arrangements and variety in styles. While the music is complex and at times experimental, they also dare to keep things simple and direct when needed.
Artwork by Thomas Kaldhol
Mastering by Kjetil Bergseth/Baetis Studio
A big thanks to the nice folks at Apollon Records Prog for believing in us and releasing the album.