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3.69 | 12 ratings | 4 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Hier (0:38)
2. Dernier hiver (4:30)
3. Ainsi parlait Pinel (7:01)
4. Fille de Lune (4:52)
5. Ballade en haute mer (5:55)
6. Refuge (3:23)
7. Enfants de coeur (6:15)

Total Time 32:34

Line-up / Musicians

- Alex Cg / vocals, acoustic guitar
- Jici Lord-Gauthier / electric & acoustic guitars, vocals
- Florent Schmitt / electric piano
- J-Phil Major / bass, acoustic guitar, vocals
- Raphal Liberge-Simard / percussion

Releases information

Artwork: Lnime

CDr Self-released, Digital album (January 15, 2019)

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MANGEUR DE RVES Histoires l'envers ratings distribution

(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (33%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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MANGEUR DE RVES Histoires l'envers reviews

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Review by kev rowland
4 stars Back when I started working with bands, labels and PR companies everything was physical. I used to write letters (or make phone calls) and was sent CDs and tapes with photos and press releases. I used to keep everything in filing cabinets and when it was time to write a review, I could put my hands onto whatever I needed. Then along came email and I started organising (and still do) all my email into folders so again it is easy to find what I needed (search has improved over the years, but I like it this way). But these days I can be contacted in multiple different ways, through multiple sites, and all I can say for sure about this is that I was sent it directly by the band, but I don't know who and I can't find where we had our original conversations. I find this incredibly frustrating and get really annoyed with myself for allowing it to happen, especially when I enjoy the music as much as this!

Formed in 2016, this Montreal-based band performs solely in French, and this is their debut release which came out earlier this year. Seven songs, at slightly more than 32 minutes long, the only major issue I have with the album is that it simply isn't long enough. This is progressive rock which has been heavily influenced by folk, where harmony vocals are incredibly important, and the musical backing is literally just that, designed to provide support for the singers to show what they can do. I have no idea what they are singing about, but really don't care. Each time I play this, and I have bee playing it a lot, I feel I am being taken into a different world. The use of an electric piano is in itself quite unusual, in that most bands use banks of keyboards, and there is a very strong use of acoustic guitars while the drummer is here listed as providing percussion. That normally means drums and cymbals, but in this case, he truly is using multiple instruments, sometimes playing with his hands as opposed to sticks, and there are also plenty of instances that he just sits back and listens to his bandmates before coming back in at just the right moment.

The guitar solos are simple, erudite, and to the point. This isn't a band who are ramming their musical ability into your face, but rather are performing well-thought out beautifully arranged material which is a delight from beginning to end. It is impossible to pick a favourite as each song contains elements of real delight, whether it is because of the vocals, the harmonies, the arrangements or the sheer delight this brings. Well worth investigation.

Review by kenethlevine
3 stars The Baku is a spirit in Chinese mythology that can be summoned to devour one's nightmares, but has the rather uninvited occasional side effect of gobbling one's hopes and dreams once its appetite is whetted by the frightful stuff. Why am I even talking about the Baku? It turns out that this subdued, almost passive Quebecois outfit might be named after said being in a charitable mood, because all that is left here are the sweet fleeting images of gentility that would probably not have made much of a meal in any case.

All tracks on this EP length debut offer a soothing blend of acoustic guitar, electric guitar strummed like acoustic guitar, electric piano, percussion and vocal harmonies. MANGEUR DE REVES seems intent on immersing the listener in sweet reverie occasionally punctuated by a seductive hook probably meant to keep one from escaping completely into the deep sleep phase, because the REM is about the only exercise that might register on your fitbit during these 32 minutes.

Lest I come across as not getting the point, I think the point is well taken, and a worthy selection in this fraught interval where one needs a little more than just a "you are floating on a cloud" type induction to pass from one part of the day to the next while remaining both productive and civil. As such, the duration is just about right, but don't be surprised if, upon awakening, you find the Baku in well deserved slumber by your side. Shhh.

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4 stars In North America, the Province of Quebec, for lack of a better description, can conveniently be considered, at least culturally, as a "distinct society" of sort. Americans see "quebecois" as europeans living in America while europeans feel they are french speaking americans. This specificity is ... (read more)

Report this review (#2457293) | Posted by bertolino | Monday, October 19, 2020 | Review Permanlink

4 stars If you've liked Harmonium's "Si on avait besoin d'une cinqui'me saison", or other bands from Quebec's 70's musical scene, like Beau Dommage, you should like this too. Not a masterpiece, but certainly a great album. 32 minutes that go by really quickly. Hier - a short electronic ambient that se ... (read more)

Report this review (#2166672) | Posted by giraffe1976 | Sunday, March 17, 2019 | Review Permanlink

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