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UTOPIAN FIELDS

Neo-Prog • Norway


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Formed sometime in the late 80's, Norwegian act UTOPIAN FIELDS managed to release two albums before fading into the mists of obscurity.

Signed to local record label Colours, their self-titled debut was released on vinyl in 1989, with a line-up consisting of Tom-Inge Andersen (bass), Tor Dahl (guitars), Lars Fredriksen (vocals), Atle Bystrøm Olsen (guitars), Tor Øyvind Folleggg (keyboards) and Geir Wetle Holtan (drums, percussion), while Kjersti Thunem (flutes) and Ronny Bystrøm Olsen (harmonica) had guest appearances.

Lars Fredriksen left the band some time after this release, and his vocal duties were taken over by Bård Tufte Johansen - later to become a well known comedian and TV-personality - for the follow-up album "White Pigeon, You Clean...", released in 1990.

A third production was recorded by the band in 1991, but never released. Sources indicate that the band disbanded in 1991 or -92.


WHY IS THIS BAND LISTED AT PROGARCHIVES:
UTOPIAN FIELDS explored a mellow, dreamy style of symphonic rock, influenced by the greats of the 70's with leanings towards Pink Floyd and Wishbone Ash in style. Wrapped in 80's production and synths from the same era providing the dreamy textures, the end result had strong neo progressive leanings. The bands addition to the database was suggested to and approved by the Neo Progressive team.

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Utopian Fields
1989
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White Pigeon, You Clean...
1990

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 White Pigeon, You Clean... by UTOPIAN FIELDS album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.82 | 15 ratings

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Utopian Fields Neo-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I was just reading on Discogs that this band reformed in 2019 to work on some new material but this at the moment was their second and final album from 1990. A six piece out of Norway the only lineup change from the debut released a year earlier is the vocalist. The new singer would become a well known Comedian and TV personality in Norway. I am so into their lyrics which are Christian based, in fact in the liner notes the band emphasizes that they are not "moralizing" with the lyrics but that the lyrics are personal and meant for themselves. I'm blown away by the cover art. Prophetic? The lady has become a harlot and judgment is coming. But on a brighter note we get six tracks worth about 50 minutes. Recorded in Oslo in July and August of 1990 the theme according to the liner notes is frustration, longing and salvation, that process.

Top three would include the opener "Pictures Of The Ages" which is quite spacey to begin with but slowly builds including some beautiful sounding guitar. Vocals after 2 1/2 minutes which are reserved before the drums and organ kick in with a powerful sound. Vocals come and go and themes are repeated. How about "Hazy & Puzzling" an uplifting track with picked guitar, vocals, bass and drums. Nice guitar solo after 3 minutes and I like that calm with bass only after 4 minutes. "Valley Of Decision II & III" ends the album and "Valley Of Decision" is another name for the Plains of Medigo where Armageddon will take place. The same place Napoleon and his armies camped at. A perfect huge plain for armies to gather and they will. Fast paced piano but relaxed guitar to start which sounds pretty cool. It then turns surprisingly powerful. A calm with organ at 1 1/2 minutes as reserved vocals arrive. Vocals will come and go. Floating organ as well here and what sounds like mellotron but probably spacey synths. This is beautiful and majestic regardless. A special album. And no this isn't Neo Prog.

 Utopian Fields by UTOPIAN FIELDS album cover Studio Album, 1989
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Utopian Fields Neo-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars UTOPIAN FIELDS were a six piece band out of Norway who released two studio albums starting with this their self titled debut from 1989. Two guitarists, organ, bass, drums and vocals. Two guests add harmonica and flute. In the liner notes we get this line taken from the closing track "Beyond your heart in darkness, there's a light shining bright. He's the key to Utopian Fields..." Love it! This was recorded in August of 1989 and we get five tracks covering about 45 minutes worth of music.

I was surprised to see this band listed under Neo-Prog here. I really like the male singer along with the lyrics. The organ tends to create atmosphere by floating along. The opener is my favourite with that relaxed and uplifting sound often created by the guitar. "Sun" is similar in sound to the opener as again vocals come and go. "Cloudless Sulphur" has a flute intro and I really like when it all builds after 2 1/2 minutes then it settles right down again, harmonica too. Vocals around 4 minutes in this 10 minute song. The closer is the longest at over 12 minutes and there's some FLOYD moments with the floating organ and guitar. Vocals at 5 1/2 minutes and it turns powerful after 6 minutes but then settles back again.

I just enjoy their sound and while I'm not blown away by any means this is worthy of the 4 stars.

 Utopian Fields by UTOPIAN FIELDS album cover Studio Album, 1989
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Review by apps79
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3 stars Little-known UTOPIAN FIELDS hailed from the city of Skien,Norway and were formed in 1988.Under the promotion of Colours Label they recorded and released a self-titled album the next year.With no less than 8 musicians being on the line-up,anyone would expect an album with a very rich sound. However,this is not the occasion here.UTOPIAN FIELDS play somekind of soft psych/progressive rock with slow-tempo compositions and a very dated sound.Hardly could anyone imagine that the album was recorded at the dawn of the 90's.There are obvious influences from early-70's PINK FLOYD with good guitar work and a deep atmosphere around.Sometimes I am reminded of CAMEL's debut listening to this album,a hybrid between psychedelic, Canterbury and classic rock.The organ sounds create a very retro-atmosphere,while the vocals are absolutely great,the instrumental parts are dreamy and sensitive and some harmonica/flute parts fill the effort with a varied taste.Generally,a good effort ,especially for fans of 70's prog rock,and a big surprise regarding the time of its release.A recommended one.
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