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4.20 | 82 ratings | 6 reviews | 26% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2014

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Fionosphère (10:42)
2. Introklitt (0:46)
3. Brossaklitt (4:18)
4. Patachou (10:22)
5. Mao (3:27)
6. Goddog (7:03)
7. Dins O Klitt (1:08)
8. Pikiwa (14:19)
9. La Balade Des Minouchoux (5:41)

Total time 57:46

Line-up / Musicians

- Antoine Arnera / keyboards, vocals
- Boris Cassone / bass, guitar, vocals
- Guilhem Meier / drums, vocals

Releases information

Artwork: Lilas Mala

CD AltrOck ‎- ALT-042 (2014, Italy)

2LP Dur Et Doux ‎- DD-00612 (2014, France)

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POIL BrossaKlitt ratings distribution

(82 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(26%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(32%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (9%)
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Review by Nogbad_The_Bad
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP RIO/Avant/Zeuhl & Eclectic Team
5 stars Great young band from Lyon, France, they are an ultra tight trio of Antoine Arnera (keyboards & vocals), Boris Cassone (bass, guitar, vocals), Guilhem Meier (drums, vocals). Their style is manic, frenetic punky high energy with nonsense lyrics. They bring to mind Zappa, Cardiacs, Samla Mammas Manna, Hamster Theater, Miriodor and other "circus" prog bands. They were one of the hits of the Rock In Opposition festival in 2013 (unfortunately I was having lunch during their set, doh!)

The band describe themselves as "the combined raw madness and virtuosity evoking thoughts of avantgarde-progressive basis like Frank Zappa, classic essence like Frederic Chopin or Igor Stravinsky, and theatrical approaches like Charlie Chaplin". Fortunately they don't take themselves too seriously, there is loads of humor here, though apparently a lot of it is potty mouthed if you know your French.

One of a number of really good young French bands bringing imagination and energy to the Avant scene.

Highly recommended for fans of high energy bonkers chaos

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars French band POIL was formed in 2005, and has released three studio albums since then. The first of these was "L'ire Des Papes" in 2008, which was followed by "Dins O Cuol" in 2012. "Brossaklitt" is their most recent production, and was released through the Italian Altrock label in 2014.

Intense, dramatic and unusual music of the kind I guess can be described as some sort of controlled chaos is what Poil provides on "Brossaklitt". This is quality chaos however, hypnotic and compelling with intense sounds, vocals, and rhythms compiled into an insanely well made brew. Fans of truly innovative progressive rock should know their visiting time as far as this band is concerned, especially those who is of the opinion that 'you' can no longer create music that sounds fresh and new. Highly recommended.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars I'm not normally a big fan of music that is very fast and starts and stops on a dime. This reminds me of some of those Japanese bands that play in this style, and while it's impressive it's not that enjoyable for me. POIL also features vocals and multi-vocals that also go a million miles an hour as we get these chanting and singing acrobatics. The thing is that this band not only impresses me with their abilities to do this but it is actually enjoyable for me for the most part. While these guys are French I do keep hearing English words at times that are vulgar and maybe this isn't surprising given the art work that looks like a picture of an orgy and I understand the title is in reference to a rather loose woman.

"Fionosphere" opens with strange sounds before we hear yelling and shouting as the music kicks in with drums leading the way. A calm before it starts to build 2 1/2 minutes in. Love the sound here at 3 minutes, so much going on. Deep Zeuhl-like vocals after 3 1/2 minutes join in before the complex instrumental workouts return. Contrasts continue. Insanity before 6 minutes and some crazy vocals before 8 minutes before those Zeuhl- like vocals return late. An intense ending to this one. "Introklitt" is a short piece with bizarre sounds and vocals. "Brossaklitt" has some nice guitar in the intro before these crazy vocals take over. Some powerful instrumental sections are contrasted with the vocal/drum passages. "Patachou" opens with the vocals and intruments starting and stopping on a dime. So impressive. It then settles into a powerful groove with so much going on. Vocals are back and to my ears there's a Japanese vibe going on. Zeuhlish vocal sections come and go as well. A powerful sound before 5 minutes then back to the insanity. After 8 1/2 minutes you'd think the apocalypse has begun. "MAO" is different from the rest as we get this dance-like beat and an 80's New Wave sound with manipulated vocals. Quite catchy and full of energy until a calm arrives before 2 1/2 minutes but it doesn't last long.

"Goddog" has this complex and avant-garde instrumental work to start and it is difficult to get into until the vocals arrive and it settles down. These contrasts will continue. Distortion galore to end it. "Dins O Klitt" is short and dark with weird sounds and samples. "Pikiwa" opens with electric piano-like sounds that come and go before these insane vocal arrangements join in. A calm 2 minutes in as deep Zeuhl-like vocals arrive almost humming like "Aummmmm" over and over. Love when the drums kick in before 3 1/2 minutes then electric piano and more as the vocals shout. Man this grooves 6 1/2 minutes in as the guitar screams, this continues until just before 11 minutes then it turns even more insane. "La Balade Des Minouchoux" ends this album and it sounds almost normal with electric piano and picked guitar but even this has some crazy time signatures. Drums join in as these intricate sounds seem to be randomly played. It's more powerful before 3 minutes. So impressive!

I have to give this 4.5 stars just for the imagination of this band and their lights-out playing. Sure they sound like they might belong in a mental hospital of sorts and were allowed out to record this but if your into complex avant-garde music played at a high tempo you need to hear this.

Review by siLLy puPPy
5 stars Emerging from the bustling modern day mecca of the French avant-prog scene comes the ever so eclectic and energetic monstrosity of a band called POIL out of lovely Lyon. The word en français actually means "hair" but despite the innocence of a single syllable word, nothing can prepare the listener to this audio onslaught of avant-prog gone WILD! Imagine if you will a situation similar to the album cover in some far away garden of Eden where the bodies of earthly delights engage in an orgy of smearing shredded fruits all over each other's soft supple skin. POIL has a very similar approach with their sonic delivery as the pummel your senses with a veritable assembly line of musical madness that somehow finds a way to fruitfully engage the senses while bombastically stimulating the flight or fight response. This music is just nuts! And to think that all this noise is put out by only three musicians: Antoine Arnera (keys, vocals), Boris Cassone (bass, guitar, vocals), Guilhem Meier (drums, vocals)

Where to begin? POIL takes it all over the place with a very healthy dose of Mr Bungle type antics as it frantically dances with the most angular and jittery rhythms possible for avant-prog including heavy guitars and spaced out keyboards. The album begins with frantic synthesized sounds and immediately jumps into a heavy zeulish groove that reminds me of the Japanese band Ruins who is also a power trio. After a slight sonic attack it turns into a monotonous spacey groove with hyper Zappaesque keys creating atmospheric embellishments on speed with a little Wakeman wankery involved. The track "Patachou" kinda reminds me of the MC Hammer soundtrack theme from the 90s movie "The Adams Family" with a funky groove only taken into warp drive with Area driven jazz-fusion keyboard workouts and very silly nonsensical words and vocalizations that sound like they're ready to break into hyena laughing mode.

If that wasn't enough tracks like "Mao" are more chaos than musical composition as they sputter around like a loose firecracker only to find a grounding through what sounds like a Balinese gamelin session apparently courtesy of the synthesizer albeit with wild and crazy prog time sigs run amok. "Goddog" is perhaps the biggest surprise as the power trio take a respite from the frantic nature of the music and create a bona fide punk electro dance groove that puts Lady Gaga to shame showing that the band has just as much of a knack for instantly addictive melodic hooks as they do for creating over-the-top complex chaotic compositions. "Dins O Klitt" steers back towards the chaotic with its short slap bass funk and angry guitar rage which cedes into the lengthy near quarter hour track "Pikiwa" which offers an intense spaced out sonicscape that begins with strange electronic sounds flapping around like freshy caught net of seafood on a turbulent vessel but ultimately becomes one upped by extreme prog guitar and bass workouts that create frenetic rhythms accompanied by a strange vocal interchange that must be heard to be believed. The mid-section falls into a deep trance inducing repetitive zone that perhaps lingers on for too long but in honesty is a welcome retreat from the chaos with monk type chants and lulling grooves that belie the true nature of the album but ultimately finds a way back to craziness.

This stuff is right up my alley. I am a huge fan of totally unapologetically creative music that takes you on a roller coaster ride and never gives a clue to exactly where it will wend and wind as the tracks swerve in any given direction. This is an album where the band plays apart in their own little worlds as much as they play together and it all seems like some circumnavigating in strange patterns where the trio play in different time sigs only to find resolution at some arbitrary point down the road where they meet up and play together for a while only to end up in some strange array of musical spasticism once again. I assumed after being blown away upon first listen that this may be a gimmicky type of album that doesn't deliver on repeated listens but after quite a few spins i'm finding it to be as fun on the tenth listen as it was on the first since there are so many different things going on. At times it's border line metal with space ambience competing for domination and at other times it's frantic Yugen type lunacy that places it firmly in the brutal prog category. Whatever you want to call it, i call it prog addict's paradise as the music just takes me to those purple pastures where unicorns serve me cocktails in the sand.

Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams
5 stars Consider artistic, musical innovation should be in fun and surprise. The audience should get amazed at what happens on stage 'beyond expectation', even if it's sorta funny, funky appearance / expression, rapid melodic development, or incredibly technical manner. For example a Japanese jazz rock combo Djamra always play with such a strong intention as above mentioned, and so do POIL, a French avantgarde / experimental rock trio, who have gigged with Djamra in Frankfurt a couple of years before. 'Dins O Cuol' their previous creation made me laugh out loudly and feel comfortable via their original vibes. This album 'Brossaklitt' released in 2014, notifies they've got more power, both experimentally and musically.

At first the third titled track is more than creative, via crazy complicated rhythm and melody lines plus meaningless, freakout lyrics gradation. Guess the audience cannot help laughing and enjoying purely like children by this performance on stage. Undoubtedly this is kinda innovation in the rock scene. The following 'Patachou' full of ethnic electronika and mysterious synthesizer-oriented sound brilliance (this is my fave too). Suppose we could dance to the tune regardless of its melodic, rhythmic complexity (wow). Also the next 'MAO' reminds us of the similar vein toward a techno pop sound era (like Yellow Magic Orchestra) some decades ago, but let me say again this electro spreader has their attitude for 'fun' obviously.

As though they would have hailed from another dimension, their creation is filled with electronic fantasy, complicated rhythm / melody lines, and amaze / fun for the audience without any suspicion (even in the shortest one 'Dins O Klitt'). 'Pikiwa' should be called as the compilation of their cynical historical musical database. Can I say here that I would like to attend their fantastic gig in near future?

Latest members reviews

5 stars Man, if that album isn't a masterpiece, than I don't know what is. Three french musical acrobats deliever some of the most amazing, mind-blowing, energetic and playfull music of the decade. Clearly taking inspiration from prog and zeuhl (possibly math rock too), PoiL goes further than its influen ... (read more)

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