PRESS

Björkenheim plays with the unbridled energy and freedom of Albert Ayler, but against occasionally more tonally oriented backgrounds, variously recalling the sounds and style of James Blood Ulmer, the late Sonny Sharrock, and the freakier side of Bill Frisell.”

— The Big Takeover USA

Björkenheim should be better known. His outsize musical personality explodes like a Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa or John McLaughlin, with explosive throwdowns like the title track and the power riffs and flangy heavy rock pyrotechnics of "Iesnu!". In contrast, "Raitru" occupies reverberant Scandinavian pastoral terrain, Björkenheim morphing his sound into arco bass or cello. As with Hendrix, there is camp flamboyance in Björkenheim´s outrageousness, he embraces feedback and overtones. ”

— Downbeat

Finnish composer and guitarist Raoul Björkenheim burns it up with this power trio tour de force. But don´t expect Cream or Hendrix. Neither jazz nor rock nor a hybrid thereof, Luggumt represents a new direction in guitar music. Another triumph for this fine Norwegian label. Playboy (US)”

— Playboy