20.12.2014
Bårds gamle band

Utopian Fields

Bård var i perioden 1988-1990 vokalist i Skiensbandet Utopian Fields, som rakk å gi ut to LP'er.

Besetning (ifølge et lite hefte som fulgte med inne i LP-coveret):

G.W. Holtan: percussion, drums

Atle B. Olsen: guitars

Tom T. Andersen: bass

Bård T. Johansen: vocals, voices

Tor Ø. Follegg: organ, piano, etc

Tor Dahl: guitars

Det er interessant å merke seg at Atle B. Olsen senere har blitt kjent som medlem av suksess-trioen Midnight Choir.

Utopian Fields [Norway]

Utopian Fields (89), White Pigeon, You Clean (90)

Norwegian progressive band that are quite vocal, and remind me a bit of the German band Anabis with the obvious influences of Pink Floyd and Wishbone Ash. Maybe not truly progressive but I quite liked their self titled debut which came with a poster.

Norwegian band that delivers 70's flavored progressive rock with a wider than usual array of influences, with a 90's style production. Difficult to draw comparisons with anything in particular, but the overall sound is very accessible, but not neo-proggy. Very philosophical-quasi religious lyrics, an excellent vocalist, and strong playing by all. Both highly recommended.

Fra New Gibraltar Encyclopedia of Progressive Rock

Label: Colours

Released: 1990

Time (minutes): 50

Tracks : 6

Format:  LP 

Musicstyle: Dream Psych • Prog Rock

In the year 1989 Norwegian progressive rock label Colours released Utopian Fields debut album as their very first release. The bands second and last album was also released by Colours, in 1990. The main format for the releases from Colours was the vinyl LP, and both of Utopian Fields albums exist on vinyl only. Utopian Fields had expectations for a career in progressive rock. Yet they wasn't around for so long. Their music was inspired by the classic progressive rock from the seventies. And mainly marked by a gentle, relaxed atmosphere with a little bit of sadness. Nice music to relax with. Acoustic guitar is extensively used. Very tasteful. Or, as the label wrote in their catalogue about the second album: "Strong duelling guitars, often acoustic, dreamy organ and a curious rhythm section makes this a progressive feast." (but that was a commercial of course). For Norwegian visitors I have to mention, just for fun, that the singer on the second album is Bård Tufte Johansen. Today, well known comedian on our television (Lille Lørdag, Åpen Post). And he sings good too.

Fra website

 

Label: Colours

Released: 1989

Tracks: 5

Format: LP 

Musicstyle: Dream Psych • Prog Rock

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