Treasury of Music #14: Beardfish

I got to know Beardfish in late 2008 through my brother who had both volumes of their then recent Sleeping In Traffic albums, which are to this day still my favourite albums of this band that sadly called it quits only last month after having released eight albums in 15 years. I took that as an incentive to listen to their complete catalogue again and finally get to know their first two albums that I didn’t know in full.
Over the years I have seen Beardfish live at least six times, as opening act for bands like Pain of Salvation, Flying Colors, Spock’s Beard, or the Neal Morse Band and for the last time at the great Night of the Prog festival at the Loreley last year. It was always great fun to see them live and bassist Robert Hansen gliding barefooted all over the stage was always a sight to behold.
To me the classic Beardfish sound is that of the Sleeping In Traffic albums and it is not really comparable to most other bands. Although echolyn have some parallels in their songwriting and to my ears Gentle Giant’s songwriting approach was a big inspiration. Later albums got gradually darker and heavier and I also noticed some King Crimson influences here and there.

I tried to find a nice mixture of everything for my playlist while only barely exceeding the two hour mark:

  • Roulette
  • Without Saying Anything
  • And The Stone Said: If I Could Speak
  • Comfort Zone
  • Into The Night
  • Destined Solitaire
  • Note
  • The Hunter
  • Dark Poet
  • Voluntary Slavery
  • Year Of The Knife
  • A Love Story
  • The Ungodly Slob

Treasury of Music #13: Unitopia

The easiest way to discover and fall in love with Unitopia would be to listen to their second album The Garden, which I did excessively during the summer of 2010. But since their three other albums (including one cover album) all contain superb songs as well, there is the need for a compact playlist.
Sadly Unitopia disbanded in 2014, but I was able to catch them live on their only Europe tour in October 2010. Former members of the band then formed the bands United Progressive Fraternity and Southern Empire, but unfortunately neither of their debut albums clicked with me as Unitopia did.

On a more organisational note, I will be posting new Treasury of Music entries only once a month from now on, mostly on the first Monday of a month (which I had to delay for a week this time).

  • Common Goal
  • Tesla
  • More Than A Dream
  • Justify
  • 321
  • Even In The Quietest Moments
  • The Garden
  • Inside The Power
  • This Life

Treasury of Music #12: Frost*

Frost* are one of these bands I always underestimate. I don’t listen to them regularly, but when I do I’m always blown away, especially by their sound. This has to be the best-produced band in Progressive Rock. No wonder, given bandleader and composer Jem Godfrey’s background as songwriter and producer of several number one Pop hits. You can hear that in the sound of the band, in a good way. Never have I enjoyed more mighty synth sounds …
Frost* have just released their third album a week and a half ago, so it was fitting to honour them with a playlist this week. One great song is missing, though, because it simply was too long for my self-imposed playlist limit of 80 minutes (that I have exceeded by a few seconds anyway): Milliontown, the 26-minutes epic of their debut album.

  • Hyperventilate
  • Dear Dead Days
  • Falling Down
  • Lights Out
  • The Other Me
  • Numbers
  • Welcome To Nowhere
  • Experiments In Mass Appeal
  • Last Day
  • Heartstrings
  • No Me No You
  • Pocket Sun
  • Snowman
  • Black Light Machine