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Potemkine

 

Zeuhl

3.56 | 31 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars The title of this album comes from the musical chord of the same name which in the Middle Ages was considered as the musical work of the Devil. The chord was only reintroduced in Western music at the beginning of the 20th century, in particular by Stravinsky and Bartok. By the way this info was written in the liner notes. There are actually four brothers who have all been involved in this band.Their influences were MAGMA, MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA and WEATHER REPORT among others. There are four bonus tracks two of which were songs from their first studio album called "Foetus" which is great because this has proven to be a difficult album to get a hold of. And the other two songs are the "a" and "b" sides of a single released in 1974.

"Asyle" features jazzy drumming,throbbing bass and slowly picked guitar. A feast of tasty sounds including piano. A change comes in after 2 1/2 minutes as it's not as "busy" now and very jazzy. The last minute and a half is a great sounding passage. "Crepuscula" is darker and quite atmospheric with no real melody. The piano and drums come in and out of the soundscape quickly. The male vocal melodies are faint. The song comes alive 2 minutes in as we get more of a melody but everything is still slowed down. I really like the guitar melody before 4 minutes. "Loolit II" opens with the drums beating steadily as the bass and guitar play. Everything is so precise and intricate. Great interplay as well in this another song that allows the instruments to breathe as they have lots of space. The guitar takes off on a tangent after 3 minutes and the rest follow. The song continues to unfold as earlier themes return.

"Liberserim Urb Et Chant De Viamor" is brighter with more energy but that's not saying a lot in either case. Haha. Female vocal melodies come and go. "Eiram" is the final and longest track on the album. More guitar, piano and vocal melodies until we get some dissonant sounds before 4 minutes. I know they don't list any horns on this album, but what is that after 6 minutes ? Bass, piano and drum leisurely come and go until we get a terrific guitar solo with a nice tone to it. The drums are great as are the vocal melodies that follow.

I thoroughly enjoyed this record and it's a must have for Zeuhl fans out there. These guys opened for MAGMA several times in their careers. Highly recommended.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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