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La Theorie Des Cordes

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3.50 | 10 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2011

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Supernova (8:27)
2. Rêves prémonitoires (6:44)
3. D'hêtre à être (9:46)
4. Singes (8:30)
5. Le bas-art de l'épouvante (8:10)
6. Berceuse moderne (7:05)
7. Renaissances (9:51)

Total Time 58:33

Line-up / Musicians

- Mathieu Torres / guitar
- Stéphanie Artaud / piano
- Tadzio Gottberg / drums

Releases information

CD Musea Records MP3211 (2011)

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Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars One of my favourite instrumental progressive related albums of the last few years, the debut album `Premieres Vibrations' by French band La Theorie Des Cordes is a confident mix of snappy jazz, electric fusion with some gothic/cabaret drama and occasional harder moments, though rarely heavy enough to actually be metal. The band is impossible to pigeonhole into one genre, with most tracks diverting in different directions throughout and never ending the same way that they started. There's a real cracking energy to the performances, and although all the band members are first-rate talented musicians, there's a loose sound to their compositions that ensures the album never gets overly stuffy or lifeless.

Piano player Stephanie Artaud is a revelation here, sprinkling so much of the album with endless varieties of energetic and refined jazzy playing. Guitarist Mathieu Torres plays with a fire that jumps from manic attacks to thoughtful and emotional soloing, while Tadzio Gottberg's drumming is varied and commanding. Maxime Jaslier also contributes wonderful sprightly sax and fluid bass playing that compliments the band perfectly.

Opener `Supernova' is an emotional and slowly unfolding piece full of frantic and passionate electric guitar playing, bolero-like themes and tip-toeing piano soloing with just the right balance between delicate beauty and slight unease. There's some occasional heavy grunt and brooding tension throughout but pay special attention to the dreamy and haunting outro.

I cannot express how much I love the Canterbury foot-tapper `Reves Premonitoires'! Almost seven minutes of instrumental jazzy perfection with a slight Latin influence, full of snappy percussion/drumming and plenty of Gong-like sax. Winding sneaky guitar twists through dazzling piano that moves from upbeat, cheeky playfulness and slight eeriness before a wild cascading climax. This tracks always makes me smile and puts me in a great mood every time I hear it - 10 out of 10!!

`D'Hêtre A Etre' is a dramatic slow-burner with an emotional extended electric guitar theme constantly reprised throughout, plus dark jazz piano interludes, snarling heavy distorted guitar and very impressive deep melodic bass soloing. Listen to how expertly the band contrasts the moody improvised middle section with a frantic race to the finish full of classical flourishes, wild electric soloing and crashing percussion!

`Singes' begins as a floating early 70's Pink Floyd shimmering mystery, lots of tasteful dreamy guitar and hypnotic piano, with a very reflective and thoughtful guitar theme that plays throughout the piece. Then half way though the piece kicks up a storm with uptempo piano, urgent drumming and snarling guitar before falling away into the psychedelic ambience of the beginning.

`Le Bas-Art De L'Epouvante' is another devilish and fiery bolero/Canterbury concoction with some gothic/classical drama amongst the dizzying piano storm and truly ragged dirty guitar soloing, `Berceuse Moderne' is a beautiful heartfelt piano/guitar ballad with a subtly romantic melody and just a hint of danger. `Renaissances' is a dark and heavy spacey finale that opens with very sinister bass soloing, before jazzy drumming, swirling electronics, maddening middle-eastern themed electric guitar riffs and nightmare inducing ghostly piano finish the album in a very dramatic way that leaves you wanting ever more.

All in all, a varied, original and exciting first release from a talented band that offers so much potential. Highly recommended to all lovers of instrumental progressive rock, why not give them a try if you're after an exciting and accomplished young band with real personality and technical skills? Hopefully we'll also get a live DVD or CD from the band sometime in the future, as I have a feeling these guys will be in another league altogether live!

An easy four stars...perhaps four and a half!

Review by apps79
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Guitarist Mathieu Torres and keyboardist/pianist Stephanie Artaud have been playing together long before forming La Theorie Des Cordes.Their first band was Pilgue & Nus and later they also formed the Prog/Grunge/Post-Punk combo The Post Modern Watchers.But in 2009 they gave birth to their most serious attempt, La Theorie Des Cordes, recruiting drummer Tadzio Gottberg.They debuted two years later on Musea Parallele with ''Premieres vibrations'', their music contains no bass lines at all, except for one track, played by guest Maxime Jaslier, who also provided some sax in another composition.

This is all instrumental Jazz Rock with proggy and Heavy Rock leanings with the band citing ALLAN HOLDSWORTH, Canterbury acts such as SOFT MACHINE, CARAVAN and GONG as well as FRANK ZAPPA as their main influences.I do not hear much of a Canterbury taste throughout the album, which still remains a technically delicate experience throughout.The music ranges from soft, piano-based themes with supporting jazzy guitar moves to more sharp material with electrified atmospheres and some impressive soloing in the guitar, which has definitely a slight ALLAN HOLDSWORTH edge.Despite the limited instrumentation, the guys here keep a good balance between atmospheric soundscapes with a spacey background, dense and angular Fusion instrumentals and mellow, almost melodious themes with light guitar/piano interactions.Influences also go as far as Latin Jazz Fusion with ''Le bas art de l'epouvante'' having some sort of Andalusian color in the process, combined with more dramatic, jazzy interludes.Maybe a more pronounced sax addition resulted a better effort with ''Reves premonitoires'' being a nice piece of Jazz-influenced Rock with lots of great guitar, piano and sax lines.Even so, the trio performs in a variety of tempos and moods, bursting some beautiful and versatile instrumental ideas.

Balanced Jazz Fusion with a modern vibe.Kudos to the guys of La Theorie Des Cordes, who managed to deliver atmospherically diverse music, while basically performing only on guitar, piano and drums.Recommended.

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