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4 stars Inspired, intricate, complex; don't miss it.

Don't let the Avant/Rio label turn you away from Miriodor's latest creation. This is Avant- garde music at its best where melody and emotions are wrapped in intelligent and skillful compositions.

Miriodor is probably the best Canadian progressive group of recent memory. They have been around for almost thirty years and their pedigree shows strongly in their latest album Avanti.

The music is hard to describe; constantly changing, completely coherent and never dull. If you could visualize a floating, continuously shifting topography of sound dominated by three poles of Gentle Giant, Universe Zero and King Crimson (late period - 2000 to present) you would come close to comprehending Miriodor.

Since Avant/Rio turns many progressive music lovers off due to its hyper-complexity and lack of melodies. I want to talk about this aspect a little more. If you could equate melody with a shape then pop music would be like a circle or a square or a triangle. Simple but easily recognizable without any effort. General prog would probably be something like a polygon or a free-hand drawn shape. Miriodor's melodies are like the shapes you see in clouds. They are complex, live mostly in our imaginations and morph from one to another seamlessly.

In this recording it is very common to find soaring Pink Floydesque guitar solos morphing into deep dark dungeon of Universe Zero only to pop up on a sunny street hopping to a complex Gentle Giant rhythm. The smoothness and effortlessness of these transitions is what makes Miriodor extremely listenable to all Prog audiences.

While listening to Avanti you will not only be reminded of the three major poles of their universe but you will come to recognize inspired moments from Porcupine Tree, Kraftwerk, Djam Karet etc. only to vanish before you can register in your conscious mind what you've actually heard.

You'll listen to this record again and again just to get their complex but extremely pleasurable universe sorted out.

Having said all of this there is always another side to everything; generally represented by my wife's views. Her fist comment was "I am already bored! Sounds just like your music"

Well there you go.

spleenache | 4/5 |


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