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4 stars 4.5 stars really!

This has to be among the best bands around since the 80's!MIRIODOR were found in 1980 by François Émond and Pascal Globensky in Quebec,at a time when most progressive rock bands were disappearing from the musical map.The band setted as a sextet around 1983 and released their first album ''Recontres'' with material recorded in Montreal in a three years period.The album was actually a self-produced effort,now long time out of print,which was re- issued by Cuneiform Records in 1998 and I think the cover is different from the original album.

What a surprise to listen to such a perfect and almost entirely instrumental blending of RIO- style music with the Canterbury school of rock and the complex prog of GENTLE GIANT and VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR.MIRIODOR can be at the same time complex,dark and obscure as well as romantic and melodic.Lots of different instruments offer a unique experience of varied atmospheres and changing climates.With two woodwind instrumentalists on the line-up,the sound is dominated by massive jazzy saxes and beatiful clarinets,creating weird soundscapes in the vein of UNIVERS ZERO or even VAN DER GRAAF GENERATOR (an influence supported also by the deep organ sounds).When the sound gets more melodic,it's the Canterbury bands which come to mind: Driving flutes in full harmony with delicate sax work and light electric pianos remind me of legends like HATFIELD AND THE NORTH,NATIONAL HEALTH and GILGAMESH.When the band is really on for some trully adventuruous yet inspired music,it's time for GENTLE GIANT to spring to mind...and what to say about this excellent rhythm section:When the other musicians alternate,Globansky,Robitaille and Leclerc are there to fill the spaces with a confindent,heavy and tight playing.

It's really hard to fully describe MIRIODOR's sound,which also includes a variety of keyboard passages and effects with nice moog,organ and spacey synths.One thing is for sure:MIRIODOR's talent is over the top and their music should be spread to a wider audience.A multi-influenced album with a personal sound,which will leave lovers of different prog styles a lot more than simply satisfied.A strongly intricate listening followed by a high recommendation!

apps79 | 4/5 |


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