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Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.05 | 16 ratings

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Harold Needle
5 stars Viva la France!

Tiemko is a French trio consisting of keyboards, drums and - not like the most of prog-trios - electric guitar. Don't let the lack of bass player fool you - Tiemko shows that the band can go without one and still make amazing music. The adventurous trio went in searching for their own musical identity, ranging from neo-prog, jazz-fusion, electronic and symphonic music to avant-garde sounds. The result is known today as "Espace Fini".

"Requiem" is a symphonic, yet very tame composition which reminds me of a Japaniese ensamble Zypressen. A lots of sublime keyboards, fake-trumpets (which usually sound terrible, but not in this case). With an addition of choir and xylophone it all makes a delicious piece to start an album with. "Chant transylvain du sud-ouest tyrolien" is just a grotesque intermission (Miriodor and Zamla Mammaz Manna come to mind), which leds us right into "Elephant de Siberie". Now that's a serious buisness! The powerful bass synthesizer, intense drumming and beautiful guitar solos make this one my personal favourite here. "T.87" from the other hand is a little goofy and weird sounding track, with a lot of 80's feeling in it. Quite complex, with a good guitar jamming and some sinister turns. "Contrastes" is a little bit too majestic pattern, with a disturbing, yet relaxing in some way jazzy vibes in the middle. "Bulgarian dance" is an uptempo, quirky tune, showing Tiemko's love for the avant-garde movement, which ends up sounding a little bit like the Belgian band Present. The same goes with "Attentat", but along with avant-garde comes neo-progressive feeling. "Espace fini" is my least favourite track in here, as it seems to be rather a sloppy tune. The piano does its work though, making the music much more claustrophobic. At the end we get "Post-scriptum", which is basically the jazzy version of "Requiem" - and it sounds good.

The one problem with this album is that there's not so many essential and attention catching moments, which might be causing it to sound a little bit immature. But the wonderful atmosphere, musicianship and courage (+ the great cover!) make this album an easy 4 stars for me. Not their greatest effort, but still a bloody good record, worth your time and being an excellent addition to your prog rock music collection.

Harold Needle | 5/5 |


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