Atlantaeum Flood – One Day

Album Review | Self Release | Review by Allan Wilkinson | Stars: 3/5

Those of us with memories as long as a Camel track, will recall a time when Prog’s overblown concerts – an articulated lorry just for the giant Persian carpet for example –  resulted in a speedy return to the three minute pop song courtesy of a thing called Punk. Then there was the lamentable visage of Andrew Latimer reaching Nirvana during an overlong guitar solo in The Snow Goose on the OGWT back in the day, which had us all reaching for the off switch.  Prog isn’t new by any means and there are those among us who still search for inventiveness and progression via the twelve notes available to us. 

Atlantæum Flood, a name that includes a ligature, which in itself achieves its Prog pretension status, may be looking towards pushing the boundaries with this concept album, each track essentially named for the eight distinctive periods that make up an ordinary day, “Before Sunrise”, “After Sunrise”, “Before Noon” etc. and onward to midnight (or just after), but there’s not an awful lot of difference between each of these pieces, they all sound pretty much mid-morning.  Each piece, essentially a chord progression repeated over and over with one or two embellishments, enjoys bits of birdsong, some ethereal noodling, one or two Mike Oldfield-like guitar motifs and some tension building arrangements, all of which is quite listenable, certainly more than what might be considered minimalist elevator music, but One Day sadly fails to sufficiently excite.