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Digital Release: 27th April 2009
CD Release: 11th May 2009

Disc One
Ricochet
The Great Unknown 
From Within 
In For A Ride  
The War Is Over 
Monolith                                                   
A Sky About To Rain                                                           
Every Step I Take                                                               
Groundbound                                         
Gravity 
When I Turn

Disc Two
Sad Rain Alt Mix
Wheel                                              
The Old Man & The Sea
Nucleus Demo
Book Of Hours Demo
This Far From The Sky Demo
30 Pieces  Demo
Prince Of The Ocean  Demo                

 

Anekdoten Discography

A Time Of Day

Release date on CD: April 24 2007
Swrden: Virta 005

The Great Unknown
30 Pieces
King Oblivion
A Sky Sbout To Rain
Every Step I Take
Startdust And Sand
In For A Ride
Prince Of The Ocean

Sweden’s Anekdoten have always been kind of out there on their own - launching deep in to the great unknown, space and time passing by, swallowed whole by the starless (and bible black) sky. Embraced by the real proghead underground simply because they’re happy to embrace all that is good about classic seventies prog rock. Previous albums have been glorious in a very King Crimson/Van Der Graaf way, Anekdoten are now taking those elements to places very much of their own making. Anekdoten are now rewardingly different. Powered by the heavenly glow of those gloriously gentle Mellotrons (yes plural, they have two of the wonderous beasts - double the aaaaaaahhhhhhh). A sound that gently reverberates in a rich restrained Van Der Graaf Generator meets Can manner - golden, restrained, something warm and beautiful, a rich sounds you can almost reach out in to the air and touch. Folky at times, very psychedelic (never obvious though), a hint or two the mellow restrained quiet side of Led Zeppelin, flavours of Caravan, Soft Machine. Eight fine compact (compact in terms of prog rock anyway) tracks, turn that key in the door, it has been a long time coming, Anekdoten do things their own way. Glorious ambitious Seventies flavoured prog rock that has an almost alt-rock undercurrent – early REM, The Church, the more refined shoegaizer bands – Chapterhouse, Cocteau Twins, Slowdive. Anekdoten are a special band, A Time of Day retains all the goodness of their previous releases, far less obvious now, far more refined, their finest album so far. Glorious grandiose (proper) prog rock

Sean Worrall, Organ

www.organart.com


Waking The Dead, Live In Japan 2005

Anekdoten Discography

Release date on CD: 22 September 2005
Arcàngelo, ARC-1094, Japan

Monolith
From Within
Kiss Of Life
Hole
SW4
Moons Of Mars
The Sun Absolute
Ricochet
Gravity
This Too Will Pass
Sad Rain

 

Anekdoten Discography

Gravity

Released on CD in June 2003
Sweden: Virta 004
Germany: Psychobabble 045 through Stickman/Indigo
France: FGBG4505.AR through Musea
Japan: ARC-1061

Monolith
Ricochet
The War Is Over
What Should But Did Not Die
SW4
Gravity
The Games We Play
Seljak

Sweden’s Anekdoten may well have started off their career in part as a Crimson tribute band but on the evidence of their fourth studio album, Gravity, they’ve long since found their own noteworthy voice. Don’t let the liberal deployment of the Mellotron on this album fool you into thinking that this is merely an exercise in faux nostalgia. There’s substance and depth to the music and a whole lot of excitement to be found therein.

The opening track, Monolith, spanks along in a chill rush of breath-taking ‘tron that is as bracing as a fresh autumn day. Impassioned themes briskly rise and fall against grunge-laden guitars as the band rock out big time. With hardly a pause, the second track, Ricochet, delivers more of the same. It’s akin to a short ride in a fast car with barely any time to take in the details. Despite its brevity the trip is surprisingly exciting.

Not surprisingly they slow the pace down with The War Is Over – a light innocuous soft-rock idyll which steers dangerously close to being MOR. Any worries that this is heading to blandland is quickly dispelled by the pensive menace of What Should But Did Not Die.

True the dark, brooding pedalling on the octave is reminiscent of the early parts of Floyd’s Careful With That Axe Eugene but in this instance, that can be taken as a compliment. The track builds into a trance-like rapture of smouldering intensity.

It’s possible that prog purists will have a bit of trouble with this album, preferring instead the abrasive angular qualities of their previous releases.

Instead there’s a greater focus on the song and less instrumental pyrotechnics. On Gravity, with its plusher production values, the focus seems to rest on the integration of voices and bitter-sweet melody. The cascading showers of echoed guitars, whooshing cymbal-work at the end of the sublime SW4 is particularly recommended.

The eight tracks benefit from a tight construction and deceptively compact arrangements leaving little or no room for any extraneous soloing. Everything presented is utilised in a no-nonsense manner leading to a punchy fast-paced album.

If you think that all Anekdoten have to contribute is a smarty-pants pastiche or a dewy-eyed backwards glance to the glory days of prog then you’d be wrong. Their roots are visible to be sure but they’ve long outgrown the charge that they are merely a bunch of Crimso-wannabee’s.

Sid Smith/KCNN Diaries
Sid Smith is the authour of the book "In The Court Of King Crimson" (Helter Skelter Publishing), which chronicles the origins and development of King Crimson.


 

Anekdoten Discography

From Within

Released on CD in October 1999
Sweden: Virta 003
Japan: Arcàngelo, ARC-1049, Japan.
France: Musea, FGBG 4325.AR
Released on LP in March 2000
Virta LP 003

From Within
Kiss Of Life
Groundbound
Hole
Slow Fire
Firefly
The Sun Absolute
For Someone

As we already pointed out several times, Anekdoten is one of Europe's ultimate psych/prog ensembles. Their powerful, tight and varied sound stunned growing numbers of fans all over the globe with their two studio albums "Vemod" (1995) [sic] and "Nucleus" (1996) [sic] and last year's "(Official Bootleg) Live in Japan" double CD (see CW15). Their latest studio album, "From Within", will only prolong their status since this 4-piece from Stockholm managed to produce a third batch of studio recordings that equals and even surpasses their previous work. They perfected their very personal sound that's based on soaring harmonies between vocals and mellotron, massive guitar and fuzz bass outbursts and dark, sombre cello and synth textures. I don't know of another band on this planet that even comes close to this type of refined and, at the same time, intense type of psych prog, which mainly draws its influences from early King Crimson but also displays a few airs of other early 70s monuments like Van Der Graaf Generator or Gracious. Fantastic album, another masterpiece from one of Sweden's very best!

Crohinga Well

 

Anekdoten Discography

Official Bootleg - Live In Japan

2-CD released in February 1998
Arcángelo, ARC-1036/1037, Japan

CD 1
Karelia
The Old Man & The Sea
Harvest
Slow Fire
Thoughts In Absence
Road To Nowhere
Book Of Hours
The Flow

CD 2
Groundbound
Where Solitude Remains
Wheel
Tabatah
Nucleus
Rubankh, Part 1 & 2

 

Anekdoten Discography

Live EP

Mini-CD released in September 1997
Arcàngelo, ARC-1035, Japan

Nucleus
The Flow
A Way Of Life
Karelia

 

Anekdoten Discography

Nucleus remastered with bonus track and enhanced packaging
(Released February 2004)

Nucleus
Harvest
Book Of Hours
Raft
Rubankh
Here
This Far From The Sky
In Freedom
Bonus Track: Luna Surface

As near perfection as its possible to get... dirty filthy distorted clavinets... disgustingly beautiful raunch... they've done the almost impossible and left their vital debut album Vemod [sic] light years behind. This really is unique, and you can't say that about many albums. It can be compared to King Crimson and Van Der Graaf Generator at the very best but it's even more dirty and analogue and downright grungy - a melancholic Primus with wailing mellotrons.. it's so distorted and in your face, it sounds like Iron Butterfly at the most excessively distorted... rich.. ferocious in a youthful Fripp way. The drama of the vocals are right up there with Peter Hammill and VDGG. There are the 70's influences but they're about sound texture, the writing is very much to the point... there's as much Tindersticks as King Crimson in here... some of it's wonderfully subtle, and it's a lot more genuine, somehow, than Tindersticks could ever hope to be...Very, very highly recommended

Sean Worrall, Organ

 

Anekdoten Discography

Nucleus
(Released December 1995)
Nucleus
Harvest
Book Of Hours
Raft
Rubankh
Here
This Far From The Sky
In Freedom

Released on CD in December 1995
Sweden: Virtalevy, Virta 002
Japan: Arcangelo, ARC-1002.

 

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Vemod

Karelia
The Old Man & The Sea
Where Solitude Remains
Thoughts In Absence
The Flow
Longing
Wheel

Japanese CD-edition only:Sad Rain
Released on CD in September 1993
Virtalevy, Virta 001, Sweden
Arcángelo, ARC-1001, Japan, August 1995
Rock Symphony, RSLN 012, Brazil, July 1999

Let me breathe for a minute. I'm still a little dizzy from the sonic assault of Vemod. This is prog with a sharp edge. Distorted choppy guitar, aggressive thudding bass, wailing mellotrons and a cello. A cello! Anekdoten is from Sweden, a country considered by many to be the center of the modern prog universe. They started out life as a King Crimson cover band. From the sounds of Vemod, I'd say they played mostly Red era stuff. Niklas Berg plays guitar and mellotron, Anna Sofi Dahlberg plays cello and mellotron, Jan Erik Liljestrom plays bass, and Peter Nordin is the drummer. Both Anna and Jan sing. All the vocals are in English. Their playing is uniformly exceptional While the songs are primarily over-the-top aggressive, there is a few slower gems. One is a strikingly beautiful ballad, "Thoughts In Absence". Another, a haunting piece titled "Longing" features mostly cello and acoustic guitar. Even though the majority of the music on Vemod is extremely "heavy", it never really falls into the prog-metal category. An incredible recording! Definitely music to get excited about. You need one.

Louis Hesselt-van-Dinter, Music Uncovered

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