Sarcophagus Now is a band from Umeå that plays eclectic prog. They have recently released the album Maneter with four track. The album is instrumental, and recorded by the band members. The line-up, Johannes Behndig with keyboards and guitars, Gustav Kieri with guitars, Torkel Holmström Ljung with bass guitar, Nils Mörtzell with drums. The shortest track Bitontologen,
Maneter was recorded in a cabin in the woods of northern Sweden. On their self-titled debut they were a quintet, but on Maneter which translated is Jelly Fish, they are a quartet. The sound on the new record is different from the debut as one guitarist left the band and a new drummer came aboard.
The music moves from quirkiness to smoothness as it moves from one theme to another. The band plays pretty tight in the more progressive passages, with a looser feel in the improvised sections but with many chord changes. The longest track Manetern I Eteren have a nice and modern rhythm section, and keys and guitars switches to driving the music forward. The song become more complex gradually then the rhythm stops and keys and synth float along as things get minimal for a brief period. In short the band makes for a lot of variety and comes with surprising and exciting elements in the music.