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3 stars Julian Julien introducing his new venture Fractale.....

Actions speaks louder than words. In particular in the music business which is rich on hype and poor on substance and action. I believe Julian Julien has understood this by releasing a live album with his new band instead of just hyping it up. Actually, Julian Julien has not hyped Fractale at all to my knowledge. I really like this approach ! It is really an approach more bands should take instead of twenty on the dozens hypes. Live Suranne is a demo(nstration release) by approach and intent.

Fractale has been put in the Zeuhl label and that is probably right too. But I as a fan of the jazzier side of the Canterbury scene does find a lot of pleasures on this album too. The music is dominated by alto sax and other woodwinds. The music is a blend of Latin-American jazz, Zeuhl and some Balkan jazz. That and RIO too. The chamber rock orchestra vibe from the RIO scene is clearly there. The melodies are both accessible and avant-garde at the same time. The sound is very good too.

Very good is the verdict I would give this album. Fractale still has some work to do before they are where they want to be. But this demonstration of their intentions still promises a lot and I am sure they will extract the last percentages and become a force to be reckoned with. In the meantime; this is a release well worth investing in.

3.5 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |


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