Sunday 11 November 2018
Utopian Fields - Utopian Fields (1989)
The debut album from this Norwegian band.
The band was an eight piece big band with a lineup of flute, harmonica, percussion, bass, drums, guitars, keyboards and vocals.
I reviewed their second and final album back in for February 2015 for # 1 of this blog. I did not like that album at all. See my review here.
The band has only released these two albums and they are very obscure even in the Norwegian scene. Not without reason, I have to say....
The music on this album is listed as neo-prog. Well, the band is. The music is not....
Take a lot of Camel, some early psych prog and some early Pink Floyd. That is where you get this album.
The instruments is good and ditto for the vocals. The songs are long suites in and around the ten minutes mark.
The songs are mid-tempo with a late 1970s sound. A good sound.
The sound, the instruments and the vocals is masking up what is a pretty mediocre album. It is still a decent album well worth checking out for those who want everything progressive rock from Norway and Scandinavia. You may be positive surprised.