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EIDER STELLAIRE I

Eider Stellaire

 

Zeuhl

4.03 | 80 ratings

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Finnforest
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3 stars Rich fusion escape

You don't have to know much about the Zeuhl scene or even appreciate its better known acts to enjoy the debut of this little-known French band. Far from the oppressive forced marches of Magma what we have here is essentially a talented fusion band. Eider Stellaire formed around 1980 and released three albums in that decade, although the latter two are not nearly as acclaimed as this debut. What makes this album somewhat special, beyond the monster chops, is that it is richer than some of the dryer jazz-fusion work. This album adds some decorative sound elements to its core of solid instrumental rock.

The players are absolutely adventurous and solid, laying down jams with superb bass and drums, lead guitar, Rhodes piano, and saxophone. Relentless and driving are words to describe the ever building jams. Contrasting moments of sound make it even better. The piano solo at the end of "Onde" close down the ferocious jam that preceded it, gives it mood and mystery. A bit of flute now and again is rather unexpected here. "Arctis" and "Legende" up the ante with wordless female vocals doubling lead guitar lines. "Nihil" features the oppressive Zeuhl sound coming from a steamroller bass and repetitive guitar leads tempered only by the occasional female vocals which are somewhat softer. Talk about a maniacal conclusion to the album, simply nuts! Pretty much essential for fans of sassy fusion. Not my favorite genre but I enjoyed myself nonetheless. 7/10.

Finnforest | 3/5 |

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