Norway - Luna Kafé - Full Moon 13 - 11/14/97
Perfect Pop Records
King Midas is a relatively young, but not particularly new
band from Oslo, and with a couple of promising 7-inches and
some tracks on German samplers (I think) behind them, I was
eager to hear what they had to offer in the long play format.
The 7-inches have revealed that the band members have more
than one copy of Da Capo between them, and they have
been receiving considerable well-deserved positive coverage
in several international fanzines.
Midas, they are not quite sure where to find their
influences, and with at least three steady
songwriters, they sound a bit schizophrenic at times. It
sounds as if two of them (guitarist Ando Woltmann and
keyboards player Sonny Ohlsen) are rooted in the British
sixties' soundscape, and I think particularly the latter's
contributions is admirable. His Buttoned For You would
not have been too out of place on Music In A Doll's
House, and he even tries to sound like Chappo on his
songs, especially on Offshore (is that Dave Mason
producing ?). Other goodies are Woltmann's King Midas
Esquire with a strong melody and breathtaking piano work
and My Heart Beats Six which finds the band on the
American west coast again, with echoes of The Doors and
I had big trouble figuring out this record at
first, but several spins show an amusing, melodic and
well-playing band with lots of ideas on the production side,
but they probably would have done better getting a new
singer. King Midas have already started recording a follow-up
in their Bryn Ballroom rehearsal space and studio. According
to rumours they have been experimenting with both samplers
and tea, and may be heading in a direction out of the
sixties-influenced music found on this album. Maybe that
record would last longer than this less than 30 minutes effort.
I'm keeping my ears open.
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