Exposé Online banner

Atlas — Blå Vardag
(Ad Perpetuam Memoriam APM 9508, 1979/1995, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1995-11-01

Blå Vardag Cover art

This is one of those gems, a rare item on vinyl that is indeed a lost classic. All the elements of progressive rock greatness are here in abundance: superb musicianship, brilliant compositions, plenty of style, tempo and mood changes throughout the fabric of each of the original album's five long tracks. This is indeed a rarity in more ways than one. Few albums come close to this. This Swedish quintet of guitars, bass, drums, and dual keyboards offers a solid and balanced instrumental progressive rock style with all the trimmings, a complex and cerebrally satisfying mix of colorful melodic elements that take shape within complex rhythmic structures in an ever-changing articulated mosaic – the kind of energetic music that challenges the imagination, while guiding it as well. I suppose this would fall loosely into the symphonic rock category, but like Secret Oyster, Happy the Man, Kenso, Finch, Iman Califato Independiente, and others, it is so much more than that. In fact this is an album that would be right at home in the company of any of the aforementioned. It delivers from beginning to end, no letting up – Atlas is one hard working crew. And if that isn't enough, APM have dug up three tracks of bonus material that are every bit as powerful as the original album – and in fact flow nicely with it. One is a track from a later incarnation of the band called Mosaik, another was recorded around the time of the album, and a third is an old song that was re-recorded at an in-studio reunion this year. All taken, this is one that I'm sure most would enjoy, and it's certainly one of the nicest surprises of the year so far.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 8, 1995 releases, 1979 recordings

Related artist(s): Atlas

Latest news

2021-01-18
Asia Minor Third Album on the Way – On January 29, AMS records will be releasing the long-awaited third album by classic Turkish-French band Asia Minor. Released last year in Japan, this will be the widespread debut of Points of Libration. The album features original members Setrak Bakirel (vocals, guitar) and Eril Tekeli (flute, guitar). » Read more

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Tim Motzer + Markus Reuter - Descending – Guitarist Tim Motzer and touch guitarist Markus Reuter establish an instant atmospheric rapport on their first joint effort together. The first song, “1200 Sundays,” is beautiful and sounds...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues