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WAPASSOU

Wapassou

 

RIO/Avant-Prog

2.74 | 15 ratings

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debrewguy
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2 stars So here I sit trying to come up with words that might offer some comparisons to assist you as to whether this is an album for you.

Well, here is the best way I can describe it - Imagine early 70s Ange trying their hand at being the soundtrack era Pink Floyd. Or vice versa. For example - Borgia is, for the most part, a take on that oldest of blues & boogie riffs - A , C, D, then back to A. Have Pink Floyd play a stilted blues version, with the keyboards sound from Ange's Caricatures . Or if you're Canadian, and grew up in a small town and went skating at the local rink every Saturday, I'm sure you'll be asking if that wasn't one of those endless series of organ tunes that seemed to provide the backdrop for your weekend sortie. A little freakier, but not mind blowing ...

Melopee seems played on an instrument (or instruments) that approximates a mix of B3 Hammond & Mellotron. Add to this, a violin playing the same melody as the keyboard(s), a flute somewhat quieter, and after a few plays, you also hear an acoustic guitar in the background, accompaying the whole with a mellow spanish flamenco-ish lilt. Calm , and you do walk away afterwards with the song echoing in your head. In my case, at least until I heard all the instruments. Kind of like ... once the puzzle is solved, the interest is lost.

Rien, Misillusion and Chatiment do recall a lighter Univers Zero. They don't captivate me in the same way, and frankly, this comparison drew my attention more than the songs.

Trip, which ends the album, brings me back to the early Ange sound from Caricatures & le Cimetiere des Arlequins. The way the organ sounds, the way it is played, it even made me go back & listen to Caricatures to see if I was simply remembering a similar tune from that LP, but no. Just the sounds. Apart from the 2 minute or so raga outro ...

So how do I actually feel about the music ? Well, I can see the RIO/Avant tag. But for 1974, it sounds dated. For Avant-Garde, it really doesn't come across as experimental or adventurous. Not even compared to some of the Symphonic or even Krautrockers of the time. And finally, the compositions themselves fail to really stick around in my ears, and once I'm to the next CD, they have already left but little traces in my memory.

O.K., but much better later (Messe en Re Mineur). But then, everyone has to start somewhere

debrewguy | 2/5 |

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