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CAPTAIN TARTHOPOM

Jean Cohen-Solal

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

4.35 | 6 ratings

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philippe
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5 stars First formed in electro acoustic researches and in contemporary improvised music, Jean Cohen Solal delivered two intriguing, very personal albums during the 70's. Today, Flute libres and Captain Tarthopom can be considered as ultimate masterpieces without reaching a specific musical label. These albums are a perfect mix between buzzing sitar-like mantra, weird electronic dream-like psychedelica and jazzy acid rock. Captain Tarthopom starts the cosmic, magical dance with two haunting folkish-epic compositions that include a certain sense of humour and derision (self title). Ludious has a certain mystical aura, a psych- drone-evanescent, free rock composition with gorgeous enchanting flute lines accompanied by a solid jazzy-rock base. Ab Hoc & Ab Hac is a freak out folk song, imposing colourful flute solo lines, luminous organs. It also includes some variations on famous themes. Mémoire D'un Ventricule is the strongest composition, a real acid prog experience featuring abstract, lysergic organ chords, haunting ghostly-like chants and various sound manipulations. It reminds me Philippe Besombes and Igor Wakhevitch at their most sacred, trancey-like electronic moments. Captain Tarthopom is a brilliant, fantastic musical celebration with a handful of original ideas and a very personal, unique fusional approach. Truly recommended! Genius!
philippe | 5/5 |

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