The Skinny: Sweden’s preeminent prog lords Beardfish return with their eighth album, +4626-COMFORTZONE, released today in North America on longtime label partner InsideOut. The album is available as a 2CD jewel case and digital download. The physical version includes a fascinating 13-song survey of the band’s archives in The Early Years CD, which offers never-before-heard material spanning 2002 to 2007.
Beardfish’s multi-talented singer, keyboardist and guitarist Rikard Sjöblom comments on the album’s strange title: “The comfort zone is the invisible protective suit of negative thinking, almost like an entity of itself. It’s been with you since birth: your parents and your teachers and your friends and your neighbours all teaching you the way the world works – this is how it is and will be and there’s nothing you can do about it. The negative vibe is like a voice living inside of you, a companion through life. With time you start to like that voice and the place it takes you to: your comfort zone. I’m so sick and tired of it and I want to address it and maybe in that way start to work my way out of it.”
+4626-COMFORTZONE Track Listing:
01. The One Inside: Part 1 (Noise In The Background)
02. Hold On
03. Comfort Zone
04. Can You See Me Now?
06. The One Inside: Part 2 (My Companion Through Life)
08. If We Must Be Apart (A Love Story Continued)
09. Ode To The Rock’n’Roller
010. The One Inside: Part 3 (Relief)