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SI ON AVAIT BESOIN D'UNE CINQUIÈME SAISON

Harmonium

 

Symphonic Prog

4.39 | 887 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars A lot of people rate this as one of their top ten records of all time. I now know why. This is a concept record based on the 4 seasons plus an extra song (season). I was reminded a little of CELESTE's "Principe Di Un Giorno" perhaps mainly because both bands do not have a drummer on these two releases. And also the liberal use of flute, mellotron, piano and acoustic guitar on both records.

"Vert" is my favourite song on this record. The warm flute melodies to open can certainly bring Spring to mind. Acoustic guitar and bass follow.This has a light, jazzy feel to it. The vocals are in French and very well done, especially the vocal melodies later in the song. "Dixie" is about Summer, and has a Ragtime feel to it. This one is an uptempo tune with clarinet, acoustic guitar and piano leading the way. Not my style usually but they impress me here. "Depuis L'Automne"(Fall) has a melancholic intro perhaps a reminder that Winter is coming. The vocals are fragile as mellotron comes in.Yes ! The mood gets more upbeat 3 minutes in, but it doesn't last for long. Some strumming guitar, more mellotron and orchestration provides some beautiful soundscapes.

"En Pleine Face" is Winter. The strumming guitar and vocals are well done.The vocal melodies later are again pretty cool. Accordion to end the song. "Histoires Sans Paroles" is my second favourite and probably the best song overall. It opens with the sounds of seagulls and waves on the beach (these sounds come back later in the song), and it makes me feel right at home (I live near a beach). Acoustic guitar and flute start us off before waves of mellotron come in. An acoustic guitar and piano melody follow as flute is then added creating a mellow and beautiful sound. Check out the female vocal melody as well. More mellotron later. Amazing song.

Without question one of the best albums i've ever heard out of Quebec and a must-have for fans of beautiful music.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |

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