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3.92 | 43 ratings | 3 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1983

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Automute (4:20)
2. Simplicius (7:03)
3. Plus Et Moins (3:40)
4. Parenthese (2:10)
5. La Danse Des Feux (4:03)
6. Le Cinema (3:30)
7. La Mort De Tristan (4:20)
8. Les Deux Trucs (4:13)
9. F.X. (7:18)



2005 Soleil Zeuhl reissue
1- FX 6:35
2- Les Deux Trucs 4:10
3- Automute 4:46
4- Simplicius 6:55
5- La Danse Des Feux 4:03
6- La Mort De Tristan 4:25
7- Le Cimema 3:28
8- Plus Et Moins 3:38
9- Parenthese 2:03

Bonus Tracks:
10- Le Musicien 4:37
11- Marcel 4:33
12- Le Chant 4:13
13- Le Bruit 4:18
14- Le Cri 9:02

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Line-up / Musicians

- Andre Bernardi / bass
- Paule Klaynnaert / vocals
- Gerard Konig / drums
- Gilles Rozenberg / guitar, organ, synth
- Marc Rozenberg / vocals, piano, synthetiseur
- Amara Tahir / vocals

Releases information

LP Musique Post Atomique-E 38301-Fra-1983

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ESKATON Fiction ratings distribution


3.92
(43 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
14%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(47%)
47%
Good, but non-essential (30%)
30%
Collectors/fans only (7%)
7%
Poor. Only for completionists (2%)
2%

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Review by Sean Trane
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4 stars Eskaton's third album (including their 4 Visions that was never on disc, but only on cassette) sees the band losing a bit its Magma fascination and renews the Zeuhl genre. Should you ever want to convert a French-speaking person not particularly prone to prog or Zeuhl music, I suggest that you try this one, because in some ways it is quite accessible. Line-up wise, violinist Patrick Lemercier who had come in with Ardeur is gone, so the group is back to the core six player including the two female singers Amara Tahir (the brunette) and Paule Kleynnaert (the blonde) and brother Marc Rozenberg on male vocals. Still unable to interest a major label with their superb music, Eskaton recorded this album in Sept 82 at home and released it on Eleanor Productions (as was Ardeur), and used a grim eye artwork with a digital time clock, giving it a post-atomic feeling, which the band confirms.

Opening the album (I will talk of the CD, not the vinyl, because the track order was purposely changed by the group) FX doesn't seem to have brought that much less Magma overtones, but things changes quite quickly with Les Deux Trucs, a hilariously- written "screw you" theme, and Automute (a story of mutation for protection), both being funkier that was Eskaton had gotten used to and more Crimson-esque (the Belew era). Simplicius and Danse Des Feux are even more jazz-rock, planet Kobaia was eclipsed during recording of these tracks, even if the scatting chants still bear a slight trace. Mort De Tristans starts out on a gloomy almost dronal keyboard. The rest of the tracks are more or less a funky Zeuhlian jazz-rock with accessible and funny vocals/lyrics. The album-closing Paranthese is a slow electric piano instrumental.

The Soleil Zeuhl label reissue also comes with five bonus tracks from their fourth album Icare that was never released and although you can hear the difference with Fiction, they are strongly Eskatonesque as well, and make a lovely and valuable addition to Fiction. Actually Gilles Rozenberg left the band in 84 prior to recording Icare, and much of the band's drive was lost, even if they remained active until the late 80's, before finally folding. Musicien was recorded in 83 and is probably the most Belew-era Crimson funky track on the album. The next four tracks are from 85, recorded for Icare. Generally, Kobaia has fled the galaxy (except for the vocals) and the music is very 80-ish, but escaping the worst trends of that dreaded decade. Only the lengthy Le Cri reminds of earlier times.

This Cd reissue is absolutely essential to Zeuhl and Eskaton fans (and at least as much as Ardeur), because it showed that the genre could move away from its Kobaian roots, a bit like Zao had managed to unveil but never confirm. Along with Ardeur, a must for Zeuhl fans.

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Posted Friday, July 27, 2007

Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. This does sound a little different than the first two albums. The deep male vocals are more prominant, as are the angular guitar and keys / synths. I don't know, but to me all three albums are excellent and must-haves for Zeuhl fans. Don't just get "Four Visions" get them all. This release even has their final album "Icare" on it that was never released. The final song "Le Cri" from that record is as good a song as they have made.

"FX" opens with a one minute wall of synths and organ sounds before we get a melody. The bass, drums and synths dominate this good uptempo song. Organ joins in later. "Les Deux Trucs" features those deep male vocals that are helped out by those amazing female vocals.The angular guitar is fantastic ! The bass is so fat. No offense. Great catchy tune. "Automute" has a strange intro before vocals, keys, bass and drums take over. More angular guitar on this one.Yes ! The vocals and rhythm section are so impressive. On the original album this was the first track. "Simplicius" opens with synths and drums. Guitar and a full sound arrives before 2 minutes. Female vocal melodies a minute later, and they are ingenius and fantastic. Terrific sound 5 minutes in. "La Danse Des Feux" opens softly before drums and vocal melodies change that. Keys and heavy bass follow with guitar and organ in tow. Great sound. The song ends as it began. "La Mort De Tristan" features waves of synths and slowly played keys. This is dark. Reserved female vocals come in and piano later. Cool song. Something different for this band.

"Le Cinema" is an uptempo song with drums, keys and vocals. The deep male vocals are helped out by the ladies. This is a fun song. Organ comes in later. "Plus Et Moins" is another song with a catchy melody. Kind of jazzy with female vocals. I like the way they change their vocal tones after a minute. The drums, keys and bass are outstanding. "Parenthese" is the final and shortest song on the album. Such a gorgeous song with beautifully played keys on it. Pastoral, with bass helping out. I won't touch on all of the 5 bonus tracks, except for "Le Cri". This is a slower paced tune with synths, keys and drums leading the way instrumentally. Female vocals are restrained. The song does build to a powerful sound before becoming calm again. This contrast continues. Later the vocals become almost frenzied.

This band may not have the body of work that MAGMA has, but they have the quality of work that MAGMA has. Great band !

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5 stars If you like Magma and the Canterbury scene - you've ascended to heaven with this (and all for that matter) CD. Although locked into the Zeuhl movement, this is (with no disrespect to Magma) so much more. A wonderful combination of the repetitive beauty of the Zeuhl logic, but with so much more ... (read more)

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