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Etron Fou Leloublan

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

3.42 | 37 ratings

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Prog-jester
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2 stars Now hide your rocks and let me explain my 2 stars.Yes, I ain't a RIO/Avant fan...but it's only MY point of view, isn't it?

ETRON FOU LELOUBLAN is a band from France. They're all - a fatal coincidence - Frenchmen and sing - now, stop shocking me! - in French. One can hardly call THIS singing - actually, voice is just another instrumenta and I don't what the hell it's singing about. The voice itself is an agonizing beast of declamating Hammil and chanting Morrison mixed together - but not that good surely. Musically EFL is definetely an Avnt Rock band - very humoresque and quirky (imagine ZAPPA playing MARS VOLTA cover!!!). Sounding rather hollow (the band consists from a drummer, a sax-player and a 6-string bass player/singer), it'll took several listenings to get use to their rough and agressive (almost proto-punk!) manner. Only first track (18 minutes long) offers OBVIOUS melody - it begins with it - others lie somewhere in between the improvised ("composed spontaneously") bits and prepared jams. The further you get the stranger music you'll have: second bit is a drum solo, third track is a 23-second long march based on two-notes bass-line...The side B opens with 9-minute instrumental number (jamming on 3-4 themes) and ends with 11-minute half-bearable "chant". It's doubtfully you'll be listening to it daily.

In conclusion I must say that in Avant Art the FORM (or the attitude) becomes sometimes more important than the PLOT.Bearing this formula in mind and appreciating EFL's masterity and sense of humor, I give them these deserved 2 stars - this is not kind of music you'll listen to all the time, but it's worthy as an example of experimental Art. After al, RECOMMENDED - try it!l

Prog-jester | 2/5 |

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