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3.88 | 30 ratings | 2 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1982

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. L'Ethique Part 1 (6:21)
2. Dedicated to K.C. (6:57)
3. Melodic simple transition (4:14)
4. Belfast (5:00)
5. L'Ethique Part 2 (4:08)
6. The Western Wail Part 1 (7:46)
7. L'Ethique Part 3 (4:48)
8. The Western Wail Part 2 (4:31)
9. L'Ethique Part 4 (1:46)

Bonus track on CD reissues:
10. Southbound (Heldon - live) (6:39)

Total Time: 52:10

Line-up / Musicians

- Richard Pinhas / guitar, synths, co-producer

- Jean Philippe Goude / Minimoog & percussion (1,5,7)
- Patrick Gauthier / Minimoog (2,6,10), bass (10)
- Georges Grünblatt / Minimoog (8)
- Bernard Paganotti / bass (2,4,6)
- Clément Bailly / drums (2,4,6,7)
- François Auger / drums (10)
- Gilles Deleuze / voice (1,7)

Releases information

Artwork: Patrick Jelin

LP Pulse ‎- PULSE 006 (1982, UK)

CD Spalax ‎- 14238 (1991, France) With a bonus Live track by Heldon at The Palace, Paris

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(17%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(57%)
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Review by Cesar Inca
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Guitarist/keyboardist/visionary Richard Pinhas divided his time and creativity between Heldon and his own solo work: the latter usually gave room to those musical ideas that demanded less of grandiose deliveries but a more concise set of arrangements. "L'Ethique" is his fifth solo effort, and perhaps it is one of the most accurately encapsulated in the definition of "cyber-punk" - the use of electronic resources with heavy accents on counterpoint and pulsation aims at the creation of a rocking sound that feels direct yet still sophisticated beyond the standards of mainstream rock (and electro-pop). The opening namesake track and 'Melodic Simple Transition' are showcases of Pinhas' interest in exploring the potential of techno- pop and state it in a more ambitious framework: the utilization of electronic sequences and layers manages to create a hypnotic, machinist ambience coherent with the catchiness of the main motifs. There are also powerfully rocking pieces in this album, mostly influenced by the emerging Belew-era King Crimson: track 2, precisely titled 'Dedicated to K.C.', is an exciting exploration on guitar counterpoints and dissonant chord progressions. The succession of all three different sections leads to a gradual climax. An excellent piece such as this would have augmented the artistic value of "Beat" or "Three of a Perfect Pair", which only comes to show how an artistic influence received with talent and imagination can lead to a "surpassing the master" moment. The Crimsonian fury will surely return in the very neurotic closing track 'Southbound', where drummer Auger competes with Pinhas himself for the limelight - I wonder if this track wouldn't have been right in place in any of Heldon's late 70s albums. pure progressive historical fiction. 'Belfats' incarnates a very interesting mixture of krautrock-inspired tehno-pop and Frippian soundscapes - this confluence between the ethereal and the robotic portrays the horrors of a civil war in a post-modernistic context fairly well. The second 'L'Ethique' and 'The Western Weil' sets a peculiar combination of mid-70s Kraftwerk and subtle touches of fusion, framed in a Far Eastern mood. The other 'L'Ethique' pieces emphasize the album's ethereal side, which reveal Pinhas' clever use of synthesizers and processed guiar inputs in order to set up a refreshing idea of emotion in sound. My overall balance for this album is quite positive: it is an excellent example of creative regeneration for art- rock in the environment of 80s rock. Pinhas really nailed the art of simultaneously evolving and preserving.
Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars I'm going to quote the Wayside Music site because they say it better than I can. "During a fairly incredible 7 year run that began in the mid 1970's, Richard Pinhas released a large string of influencial albums; 7 by HELDON and 5 under his own name, all of which attempted in one way or another to meld (Avant-garde) Rock music with Electronics. "L'Ethique" was his final release of that 12, recorded in 1981 and originally released in 1982. It was his final solo album before his musical retirement throughout the 1980's and it's one of his great "classic period" works. It also features the only studio recordings by the short lived Richard Pinhas Band.This group featured a great cast of musicians who had all previously played in MAGMA. Clement Bailly (drums), Patrick Gauthier (synthesizers) ( also of HELDON and WEIDORJE) , Bernard Paganotti (bass) (also of WEIDORJE) and Richard on electronics, synthesizes and guitar." I also would mention J. Philippe Goude (minimmog, percussion) and Francois Auger (drums) just because i'm big fans of both.Yes it would be another 10 years until we'd get another album from Pinhas after this one.

"L'Ethique (Part 1) has this electronic beat with bass and percussion as synths join in.The guitar comes in soloing around 3 minutes. It settles right down after 4 1/2 minutes and we get spoken word samples and atmosphere taking over. "Dedication To KC" opens with guitar as drums and bass join in. It turns KING CRIMSON-like before a minute and those angular guitar excursions kick in before 2 1/2 minutes.This really reminds me of BI KYO RAN. Intense stuff. It changes after 4 minutes as the intensity levels off then it picks back up before 5 1/2 minutes.

"Melodic Simple Transition" builds and we get an uptempo beat in an electronic soundscape. I like it ! "Belfast" has these different electronic sounds that come and go in a rhythmic pattern. Drums after a minute and bass too.This is so good as those electronics continue.The guitar after 2 minutes is lighting it up. "L'Ethique (Part 2)" sounds great with the guitar grinding away in the background. "The Western Wail (Part 1)" is minimoog crazy early on then the drums join in.This is uptempo with lots going on. Percussion too as the guitar joins in. It settles down before 5 minutes then the rhythm stops before 6 1/2 minutes as we get random drum patterns, guitar and more.

"L'Ethique (Part 3)" has these sounds that echo along with samples and atmosphere. It's getting louder and drums join in.It settles down around 4 minutes to a spacey mode. "The Western Wail (Part 2)" is dominated by synths. Beautiful stuff right here. "L'Ethique (Part 4)" is a short elecrtronic piece. "Southbound" is my favourite because they just rock out like a Metal band. The drumming from Auger is relentless as is the guitar from Pinhas. Gauthier is on bass here adding depth. A powerful and intense track.

An interesting album where those spacey soundscapes take a back seat as the guitar, drums and bass come to the fore.

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