Friday 23 April 2021

Beardfish - Sleeping in Traffic Part One (2007)

The third album from this Swedish band.

The band was a quartet with a lineup of drums, percussion, bass, guitars, accordion, keyboards and vocals.

I have been observing this band from afar for a long time but I have not had the chance to review their final six albums before now. The reviews of the five other albums will follow this summer. 

Beardfish has often been associated with The Tangent. 

Not without reasons, it has to be said.

Beardfish's base sound is a mix of Swedish folk rock and eclectic prog. Gentle Giant springs to mind. So does The Flower Kings and Kaipa. Mostly Kaipa. Add Frank Zappa too in their music. 

The Frank Zappa influences was very strong on their first two albums which I have yet to get hold of. But it is still lingering on at this album too.

The music is very colorful and lush. It is also different from what I kind of expected and it shows a band with their own style and niche. Their use of accordion as a central instrument is unusual to say at least.

The music is also good bordering to very good. 

I very much look forward to listening to their remaining five albums, indeed. 

3 points

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