ARTIST:

BEARDFISH

(SWEDEN)
TITLE:

DESTINED SOLITAIRE

(2009)
LABEL:

INSIDEOUT MUSIC

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Old School
""Destined Solitaire" doesn't get tamed the first time you listen to it, but whoever accepts to be mistreated or even destabilised will end up finding the key to this old-fashioned 70's rock universe."
TONYB (31.07.2009)  
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After last year's remarkable Sleeping In Traffic - Part II, the Swedish band Beardfish come back to titillate our ears with their fifth album, soberly entitled Destined Solitaire, a seventies and old-school progressive rock opus.

If Beardfish evolves well in a sound universe that can be compared to their compatriots of the Flower Kings, the band adds an enormous dose of madness and humour, bringing harmonies and counterpoints that would make any musicologist shudder, but which give a real aural pleasure to the one who manages to decipher them.

The first two tracks get off to a flying start, and counting the themes and styles is a challenge, with Rikard Sjöblom even managing to place a few bars of growl in the middle of 'Destined Solitaire'. 'Until You Comply' will then unfold a good fifteen minutes a little wiser, in which we'll note similarities with the music of The Tangent, but also Floydian keyboard sounds, Echoes period, then Genesian, 70's period.

But the title that dominates this album of all its class is the aptly named 'Coup de Grâce', whose humorous subtitle gives us a huge wink, after the one addressed to our Belgian neighbours (hymn to the Chimay!) on the previous album. This drawer track, entirely instrumental, reveals a diabolical construction and a superb interpretation that would almost make us regret the little presence of the accordion in our favourite music. And what about the drums which evolves on the main theme by shifting its strong beat on the 2nd beat of the measure ... to 3 beats, while the accordion remains on a more academic dynamic: guaranteed effect. As for the other titles, a little less complex, they also bring their share of happiness and surprises, such as some castanet notes and an Andalusian atmosphere or circus music.

You will have understood it, this album is not tamed at the first listening. But the one who will take the time to accept to let himself be mishandled, even destabilized for a while, will end up finding the key to this universe full of sound richness, the one that flatters the neurons ... and does the most good.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Awaken The Sleeping - 6:00
02. Destined Solitaire - 10:52
03. Until You Comply Including Entropy - 15:21
04. In Real Life There Is No Algebra - 4:32
05. Where The Rain Comes In - 9:28
06. At Home... Watching Movies - 1:52
07. Coup De Grâce (or How I Was Killed By An Accordion - Motown Style) - 9:48
08. Abigail's Questions (in An Infinite Universe) - 9:12
09. The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of - 10:39

LINEUP:
David Zackrisson: Guitares
Magnus Östgren: Batterie
Rikard Sjöblom: Chant / Guitares / Claviers
Robert Hansen: Basse
   
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