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NEFFESH MUSIC: GHILGOUL

Yochk'o Seffer

 

Zeuhl

4.19 | 21 ratings

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bartymj
4 stars Many say Yochk'o Seffer's third 'solo' album is his best - and perhaps the clue is that the full album is on Spotify (other popular streaming sites are available) unlike his previous work which has to be jigsaw-ed together from other albums.

Somewhere within the realm of avant jazz / Zeuhl, this is... pretty good.

Dag opens with a great rolling bassline and drums, with Seffer's sax/piano interplay at the fore. The jarring piano chords in particular give it a slightly Zeuhl feel, as does the appearance of the string quartet in the second half, which play an eerie suspenseful tune which contrasts completely with that bass and drums which don't change at all throughout.

Sifra begins with extraterrestrial piano before violins join in to give it a fairly melancholy feel. A sudden change on the 5 minute mark brings in the sax, bass and drums, in a lengthy passage fairly similar to Dag with the piano increasingly jarring, but still really excellent.

Dailn is a short track that puts Dominique Bertrand at the fore with brilliant bass, before Larma which is the most Zeuhl- like track, beginning with typical Magma-style vocals and a much slower, military tempo.

The title track Ghilgoul begins with ghostly, wailing vocals, joined by a faraway sax. Very haunting. The vocals fade away after four minutes and are replaced by piano in a duet with the sax. The string quartet continue the slightly haunting theme, particularly plucking strings, reminiscent of a psychological thriller.

There's also several bonus tracks with other guest musicians if that wasn't enough for you.

Definitely an excellent album if you're fans of eerie jazz & zeuhl

bartymj | 4/5 |

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