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3 Primates are a short lived Romain Baudoin project between his 1 Primate and Bestiari solo projects. The band includes his fellow former member of Zaar, Romain Colautti on bass and Alexis Toussaint on drums. All three have been members of the French instrumental Avant Rock band Artus. The band played 2 concerts in 2015 with the second concert in Centrifugeuse Pau, being recorded and released as their sole album. The primary feature of the band is Romain's Torrom Borrom a hybrid hurdy gurdy / electric guitar.

The music refers to the bestiary of Rigaut de Barbezieux, a 12th century troubadour, each piece being associated with its totemic animal found in this medieval work.

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3 Primates RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by octopus-4
Special Collaborator RIO/Avant/Zeuhl,Neo & Post/Math Teams

4 stars Probably very few people has ever seen a torrom borrom nor anybody playing it. Romain Baudoin, the mastermind of the 3 Primates project is its inventor. It's a hurdy-gurdy with an electric guitar, and it has an incredible sound.

3 Primates takes the name from one of the solo albums of Baudoin that's 1 Primate. Easy.

The album has a RIO flavor with some hints of Zeuhl. Dark, rhythmic music with the distorted hurdy-gurdy crying sometimes like an ambulance. The musicianship is excellent. Bass and drums are able to create a perfect environment for the crying sound of this hybrid instrument. The tracks are very well structured, nothing seems improvised even if it may be.

Personally, I hear some early Floyd vibe in tracks like Fenix which sounds more psychedelic than RIO. The quasi- screamed vocalisms of the bassist Roman Colautti remind me to Careful with that Axe, Eugene, but also to the crescendo of Tsunami by the Dutch 35007 (a band that I mention quite often). Also the bass intro of Olifan reminds to the Pompeii atmospheres. This track is a great psychedelic trip.

All the tracks have the name of an animal, and I suppose the music tries to represent them in some way. So Olifan has the lazy ongoing of an elephant and the following track has the threatening incoming of a panther.

I'll let you discover the rest of this excellent album wich I strongly suggest to whoever likes not only Avant but psychedelia, too.

It's a "name your price" digital download on Bandcamp. Let's invest few bucks and get it.

Thanks to nogbad_the_bad for the artist addition.

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