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

Treasury of Music #11: Agents Of Mercy

I really wanted to create some diversity, but being pressed for time this week, I had to feature a band with only three released albums so far. So here is another band from the outstanding Swedish Progressive Rock scene: Agents Of Mercy with Flower Kings members Roine Stolt and Jonas Reingold as well as Lalle Larsson. They are joined by singer Nad Sylvan, who lately toured with Steve Hackett of Genesis fame (and brought the old Genesis tunes to life quite wonderfully, as I can witness), and drummer Walle Wahlgren, who still owes me a hair tie that I lent him at Das Rind, I think. I forget on which occasion, though.
Anyway, he can have it – here is the music:

  • The Fading Ghosts Of Twilight
  • A Quiet Little Town
  • The Black Forest
  • Mercy & Mercury
  • Between Sun & Moon
  • Roger The Tailor
  • Black Sunday
  • The Duke Of Sadness
  • Freak Of Life
  • Bomb Inside Her Heart
  • Citadel