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4 stars Excellent! One of Miriodor's best, most musical, albums.

Avanti, for me, is the album on which Miriodor shine brightest. Their quirky, complex and sometimes atonal music can seem cold and calculated, and on some other albums it leaves me a bit cold, but on Avanti it is put in the service of creating great compelling music. On this album, every track is special, the music flows really well, and I am always drawn to listen to the whole album all the way through - I can't turn it off actually. Miriodor have added guest horn players on this album too, and there are more solos on this one than most Miriodor albums, giving this album a lot more soul and warmth (even when the music is meant to be intentionally cold). The music shifts effortlessly between riff-based themes, to math-rock interlocking electric guitar patterns, fair-ground atmospheres, some really difficult time signature-based lines, and dark distortion-drenched sonic landscapes. While the album gets off to a great start with 'Envoutement' (bewitchment), the quality of the music here remains remarkably constant (high) throughout. Also, on this album, the melodies are a lot more memorable than on many other Miriodor pieces. The horn lines on the second track (Bolide Debile, or Dare Devil) for instance, are highly memorable while adding some jazzy guts to the album (as does the guest trumpet solo on this track). The fourth track ('Ecart-Type', or Standard Deviation) combines a funk shuffle beat with a punk ethos, math-rock interlocking guitar-key lines, and popcorn-like electric guitar melody that sticks in the head. Very musical. 'A determiner' (to be determined) builds quietly to great seemingly out-of-time jazz-cantebury jam before breaking into quirky electronic funk six minutes in with an excellent guest sax solo. The last two tracks (the title track, Avanti!, and Reveille-Matin, or Alarm Clock) provide some great dark atmospheric moments, with distorted guitars, quirky RIO-like runs, and Crimson-like building chord progressions. All in all a very musical and original album. This is the Miriodor album I would recommend picking up first. I give it 8.7 out of 10 on my 10-point scale. An excellent addition to any collection.

Walkscore | 4/5 |


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