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4 stars Fractale is a one man project (Julian Julien) and a collective musical ensemble on stage. From a geometry-philosophical angle, the Fractale concept allows flourishing, proliferating particles / flux which can seriously be associated with the explosive multi-directional musical identity of this new Julian Julien project. Julian Julien already made a name on the underground psychout jazzy scene with a handful of official CDs releases such as Tuperware et bibelot (1998), Terre (2006) and Strange (2007). This new release entitled Suranné delivers a sonorous and cosmidelica trip through semi-improvised sessions largely devoted to brass sequences / soloing parts. The music is sustained by a dynamic-pulsating rockin accompaniment: great mention to the bass / drum sections as well to the textured moving electronics. Recorded live this album enables to appreciate the intuitive intensity and the musical communion between the musicians. The album starts with a tense-super catchy brass hymn, admitting some punchy "dramatic" / "spleen" alike grooves. The style is not so far from a few German acid jazzy rock combos despite that the influence comes from classic-highly acclaimed bands. The album carries on with a nebulous-spiralling synthesized / heavy-fuzzing brass dialogue, intriguing and enigmatic at the same time, always very groovy with a spacious cosmic electronic approach. Just before to listen to the two bonus tracks, this improvised session is closed with a superb cinematic-retro-ish musical "march", quite languorous and emotive. A pleasant listening experience and way recommended for fans of Soft Machine, Sun Ra (?) and those who are into the perpetual jamming heavy psych-jazz of Et Cetera, Alcatraz and more recently the Japanese of Ghost.
philippe | 4/5 |


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