Catharsis - Volume II - Les Chevrons CD (album) cover




Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.30 | 19 ratings

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3 stars A mysterious, enthousiastic and complex effort by this original 70's progressive rock collective. This album is possibly considered as their most popular. As usual it's largely dominated by synth chords, lyrical female voices and acoustic instruments. "Les chevrons" is a vast catalogue of epic, short symphonic rock songs with folkish accents. All compositions sound really weird, sometimes catching with irony the sound of medieval ancient dancing music. However there's nothing gothic, ambiences are colourful, luminous and turned to positive energies. "Ouverture" is an eccentric acoustic medieval incursion with chorus, organs and percussions, featuring progressive harmonies & arrengements (a lot of variations and changing textures). An humorous epic introduction. "Rien" srarts with percussive parts and chanting organs in a very folkish style, pursued by heroic keyboards, church like organ for light melodies. "Solstice" is a bizarre composition for malefic keys & fantomatic female / male voices. "Les chevrons" once again starts with a grandiose church like organ imitation, then carries on a pseudo sinister symphonic composition altered by parodies. This album delivers really strange atmospheres, with delirious, eccentric ingredients, crazy keyboards. "Masq" is just a gag, sounding like a bad score for B movie. Consequently not their best effort but a lot of humours. We have the sensation to listen to the soundtrack of a "comedy of terror".

philippe | 3/5 |


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