Sunday, July 15, 2007

Landberk "Lonely Land"{Sweden}[1992](Progressive Rock)

The first Landberk album for me has great significance for a 'cover song'. Track 5 "No More White Horses" is a cover of Peter Dunton's song which was recorded by T2 in 1970 (Original (Short) version by Please in 1968).

Not that this is the only song of note on this album.

On the debut album "Lonely Land" these guys almost openly recreate the sound of the '70s, actively and effectively using such famous (and popular) keyboard instrument as Mellotron (The Keeper of the string samples). A lot of acoustic piano, and some songs feature even accordion. Cold, Northern music with slow dramatic themes and quite complex arrangements slightly influenced by such bands as Van Der Graaf and PFM. Keyboards play a prominent role here, though often you can hear excellent sad guitar solos.

If you haven't heard the T2 "It'll All Work Out In Boomland" version and want to - Check out the post on this blog (if the link is down I will post it again for you) it has blistering Guitar work from the (then 17 year old) Keith Cross.

Please note this is the English version of "Riktigt Akta" which is their Swedish first album in 1992 (any links to that would be appreciated).

01 - Waltz Of The Dark Riddle
02 - The Tree
03 - Pray For Me Now
04 - Song From Kallsedet
05 - No More White Horses
06 - You And I
07 - Lonely Land

The music here is pretty simple (especially harmonically speaking), it creates a nice, melancholy mood using mellotron, flute, and guitar to good effect. Vocals for the most part are quite laid-back, fitting the slow, plodding mood of the disc. Guitar solos form the only real breaks from the broodingness of the music, and even those are somewhat cold: either chilly acoustic work (a la Robert Fripp's acoustic runs in "Cirkus" from Lizard) or a dirty, tortured tone from the electric guitar. Few specific influences come to mind, though there are definite similarities to early King Crimson, certain Änglagård passages (it's worth noting, though, that Riktigt Äkta was released before any Änglagård albums), quieter Anekdoten pieces, and perhaps the more mellow compositions out of 1970s Italy. While I am told that later albums by this band begin to steer closer to pop-prog territory, this is a worthy release for fans of Scandinavian prog that don't mind a lack of harmonic activity.


ZaXXoN said...

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing this! Great band!

ZaXXoN said...

Apologies for suggesting that T2 had been posted here - It was Please. The link is still working and I intend posting some T2 even though the album in question came from the 8 Days In April Blog. I cannot find it anymore as a Blog like this.

Also - Thanks for the comment there.

Alessandro said...

I've been searching for Riktigt Akta for WEEKS, if anyone has it, please upload it somewhere? Please? :)

Alessandro Lo-Presti said...

After a VERY, VERY lengthy search, I finally found this (might I add; rare) album!
I hope you all love it as much as I do. :D

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