Exposé Online banner

Beardfish — Sleeping in Traffic: Part One
(Inside Out Music SPV-79492/IOMCD-277, 2007, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2008-10-01

Sleeping in Traffic: Part One Cover artOver the years there have been so many “next great things” in progressive rock that the phrase has lost meaning. The world is big enough, and prog varied enough, that there are always good things coming along if you know where to look. Case in point: Beardfish. This inventive Swedish band, now on their third album, have a really appealing take on classic prog meeting the new century. They range effortlessly from delicate acoustic passages to frightening intensity, all handled in a tasty way that avoids clichés without actually departing from recognizable rock sounds, except for some nicely done psychedelic freakout moments worked in here and there. Sure you can hear bits and pieces of the past (Genesis, Crimson, Gentle Giant, Camel, the Beatles and so on), but it’s stirred up so well that it never sounds anything but original. The singing is strong, the lyrics (all in English) are good, and all the players acquit themselves admirably without being spotlight hogs. Just when you think you’ve got a song figured out, something new comes along that surprises you even while it makes perfect sense. I hope I don’t get in trouble for saying that Beardfish seems to me what you might get if an “accessible” prog band like Saga had turned away from the mainstream a bit more. This is easily one of the best prog discoveries of recent years, and I’m confident that Part Two will be another winner.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Beardfish

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...

Hugh Hopper Band - Alive! – After his glory days with Soft Machine, Hugh Hopper went through some lean times (musically at least), until the mid to late 80s, when he hooked up with a crew of Dutch musicians for a number of tours...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues