Exposé Online banner

Anekdoten — A Time of Day
(VIRTA 005, 2005, CD)

by Paul Hightower, Published 2008-01-01

A Time of Day Cover artAnekdoten’s first release in three years finds them on familiar ground. In the 90s they pioneered combining alt rock grunge with the heavy prog of 70s King Crimson. They’re back at it here, though still pushing forward into new territory. Guitarist/vocalist Nicklas Barker’s anti-guitar hero approach packs tons of feeling without ever consciously emoting. Bassist Jan Erik Liljeström shares vocal duties and his bass work is prefect to the task at hand, whether laying down soft grooves or grinding out the jams with drummer Peter Nordins, as on the opener “The Great Unknown.” And of course there’s Anna Sofi Dahlberg whose understated performances on various vintage keyboards and cello — along with her physical charms — have made many a prog boy weak in the knees. Anekdoten have always been about intensity, both implied and overt and this album is as good an example of how they pull this off as any. They’re masters at the art of shifting on a dime from brooding solemnity to full throated and grinding rock, though they can also take it down with 12-string and VCS synth musings like “Every Step I Take” (sounding like Pink Floyd) or the lazy Mellotron-flavored waltz, “Prince of the Ocean.” Canterbury flavored prog is even evoked in the rocker “In for a Ride” which nicely expands the arrangements into new frontiers. As far as I’m concerned it all works and whether you’re a long time fan or new to the band this one is a winner. Recommended.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 35, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Anekdoten

Latest news

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Shawn Phillips with J Peter Robinson and Paul Buckmaster - Living Collaboration – Hot on the heels of his Living Contribution concert DVD is Living Collaboration recorded at the Minnesota Zoological Gardens the evening of July 19, 2008. Living Collaboration is a bit different from...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues