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Progressive Electronic

3.54 | 50 ratings

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3 stars This "Électronique Guérilla" is only four years too old to have met the debut of the European start of the electronic genre.

This debut is very much the effort of one man. Their leader and main composer Richard Pinhas: the head, brains and hands of the band. To depict the music that you can expect here is not easy: it isn't as experimental as the early "Kraftwerk" nor is it as spacey and cosmic as TD or Schulze.

The music is quite specific on its own and deserves full attention if you like sonic ambiences and weird conjunction of musical themes. I am not a deep fan of this debut, but one has to acknowledge that the French scene didn't produce a lot of similar bands in these remote days. Jarre being another one, but scoring much higher in the charts and playing a different type of music after all.

The first, and only, song with "vocals" is featured on the flip side of the original vinyl: "Quais Marchais, Mieux Qu' En 68": it is also the most accessible (if only this word can be applied to any of the tracks from this album). Weird text only understandable if you are fluent in French (and even so?).

This album is not easy to approach: somewhat minimalist, somewhat experimental ("Circulus Vitiosus"), but not at all commercial neither melodic for a ?cent. In other words: this album is challenging and will only attract the ones amongst you who are open to discover new paths of electronic sounds.

Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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