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PHIDEAUX Xavier - Born 14/01/1963 (Hastings-on-Hudson, NY, USA)

PHIDEAUX is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and songwriter, employing the drumming of Rich Hutchins, producer Gabriel Moffat and a revolving cast of supporting musicians. He has released several progressive/psychadelic inspired albums since 2003 and includes Jethro Tull, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Van Der Graaf Generator, and early Genesis (among many others) as influences.

The first proper album was "Fiendish", which introduced the folky, psychadelic sound of PHIDEAUX. "Ghost Story" mostly consists of material from a previous musical collaboration in the 90s called Satyricon (with Rich Hutchins). "Chupacabras" might be the first album that prog fans lean towards, with the 20+ minute "epic" title track highlighting the album. "313" was an album-in-a-day project that took shape with one day of basic writing and recording, then fleshed out over the course of the next year. Probably the most significant music achievement so far, "The Great Leap" is the first album in a three part trilogy concerning "life in a dystopic eclogically disintegrating world"... but don't let the topic fool you, PHIDEAUX's music at heart is addictive, fun, deep, and compelling all at the same time, with memorable melodies and finely crafted arrangements that represent songwriting at it's finest. Present are some of the prog rock staples in the use of synths, Hammond organ, mellotrons, and other interesting instrumental contributions, as well as multi-section, evolving pieces of music... but rather than rehashing prog cliches or focusing on technical acrobatics, PHIDEAUX's music truly offers something creative and refreshing.

All these albums are consistently great and are very highly recommended for those who love the subtle, folkier, psychadelic side of prog rock with an emphasis on melodic songwriting. This music has a unqiue magic that doesn't come around very often.

Phideaux is a band born of several lifelong friendships and a mutual appreciation of progressive rock. We are refugees from a time when rock and roll was counter-cultural and have come together to mine a dark vein of music steeped with mellotrons, violins and vintage keyboards. We love power chords, tricky time signatures and intricate harmonies, but always there are melodies to be hummed and riffs to invade your mind.

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1.77 | 58 ratings
Phideaux Xavier: Friction
1992
3.20 | 141 ratings
Fiendish
2003
3.66 | 193 ratings
Ghost Story
2004
3.85 | 286 ratings
Chupacabras
2005
3.46 | 167 ratings
313
2006
3.29 | 245 ratings
The Great Leap
2006
4.23 | 1029 ratings
Doomsday Afternoon
2007
4.03 | 577 ratings
Number Seven
2009
4.20 | 864 ratings
Snowtorch
2011
4.00 | 363 ratings
Infernal
2018
2.47 | 13 ratings
All Is Number
2020

PHIDEAUX Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

PHIDEAUX Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

PHIDEAUX Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.93 | 8 ratings
Lysogenic Burnt Offerings
2020

PHIDEAUX Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.86 | 40 ratings
Tempest of Mutiny
2010
3.77 | 41 ratings
Strange Cloud
2010
4.10 | 59 ratings
Phideaux & Mogon Promotional Issue
2012
3.90 | 31 ratings
We Only Have Eyes for You
2018

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 The Great Leap by PHIDEAUX album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.29 | 245 ratings

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The Great Leap
Phideaux Crossover Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

3 stars This album is the first part of a trilogy that will continue with "Doomsday Afternoon" and "Infernal." Although this album delivers a refined way of composing and creating quality compositions, the true progressive sound that follows and is heard on subsequent albums is not yet really shown.

"The Great Leap" is a crisp, sparkling, entertaining album, the instrumental arsenal expanded by a few exotic songs, the pieces no longer than six minutes, but still a lot of bombast. The "trend" is moving more and more towards epic, bombastic rock. The album presents pleasantly varied collection of melodies and instrumentations. Prog on this album goes only to a very limited extent - despite a multitude of unusual sound-producing devices it is quite straightforward with a slight tendency towards the epic. The arrangements of almost every song gradually reveal a color scheme and little gimmicks, the tasteful and varied instrumentation is a chapter in itself, and yes, it really is a great introduction to the progressive madness that is coming to us.

'Phideaux' refine their very own mixture of wave, glam rock, folk, pop and beatlesque melodies on "The Great Leap", floating melodies, finely textured choirs, playful piano and wobbling moogs with the gentle, flattering voice of Phideaux Xavier himself, gives that unique feeling to the songs.

 Infernal by PHIDEAUX album cover Studio Album, 2018
4.00 | 363 ratings

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Infernal
Phideaux Crossover Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars An extensive story of functioning in an industrial, authoritarian-ruled and totally controlled society, with a dystopian tale of separation, loss and world collapsing into the depths of an ecological catastrophe (on the one hand, it is a complete fiction, and on the other, a prophetic story), shown by musical means of expression in a wonderfully fairy- tale way and bursting with a riot of sonic colors, began with "Great Leap" (2006) and "Doomsday Afternoon" (2007).

Compared to the other two parts of the trilogy, "Infernal" has a more straightforward songwriting and less eccentric complexity with similarly rich arrangements. The new songs seem very concise in relation to the previous complete works of the band. Although many tracks flow into one another, they made a noticeable effort to create catchy melodies that give each song its own character.

This recording represents the multi-layered vocal harmonies of the male and female voices, which are in places condensed into choirs, which are carefully placed and performed. The instrumentation is versatile, a wide variety of keyboards are used - piano, e-piano with partly alienated sounds, Hammond organ, Mellotron, synthesizer strings or synthesizers. The concept relies heavily on melodious harmonies and perfectly produced brilliance. Dark moments followed by melancholy, and parts that come directly from fairy tales are presented with a wonderful melody. Phideaux simply impresses with its original idea of how progressive-rock music should sound in the 21st century

It is such a fantastic album with many layers, and with all its 'progressiveness', it combines a whole range of modern alternative trends, and as a result, it represents something that turns out to be unique, one of a kind.

 Number Seven by PHIDEAUX album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.03 | 577 ratings

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Number Seven
Phideaux Crossover Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars After releasing an album like "Doomsday Afternoon" which is definitely a masterpiece of a symphonic / conceptual prog everyone is wondering what's next. This group of brilliant musicians led by Phideaux Xavier decided to take a different approach to this piece. They renounced some of the symphonic accessories from the previous album (some, not all) and no longer designed the songs quite as intentionally proggy. Instead, the polyphonic vocal passages were further refined and the album was given a more psychedelic, proto-progressive sound (the sound is very homogeneous, and the instruments are very reminiscent of the late sixties, when devices like the Minimoog or the Mellotron were just on the rise). The sound remains emphatically 'old-fashioned' without repeating the symphonic density of the predecessor.

The very important thing is that no matter what style each of their albums brings, we always have the "sound" that is characteristic of Phideaux Xavier, which sometimes comes strong and bombastic, or is presented somewhere in the background just enough to give the composition that distinctive stamp.

With the piano and acoustic guitar as a basis, Phideaux weaves orchestrations through his compositions and the saxophone also appears regularly and there is an enormous layering in the music. Another strength of Phideaux's music is his strong vocals and the singing of his female colleagues. The ladies all sound great and especially in combination with Phideaux it sounds amazing.

It is a calm, detailed album, dominated by elegant melodies that get stuck in the ear, wonderful vocal passages very colorful arrangements and an arc of tension that spreads over the entire album, the songs on their own are shorter, but flow, it can be said that this album represents a suite that is perfectly embodied and it is a true prog epic.

 Doomsday Afternoon by PHIDEAUX album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.23 | 1029 ratings

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Doomsday Afternoon
Phideaux Crossover Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars Phideaux produced a classic concept album in the tradition of the great works of the 70s, that amazes and demands respect, an exuberant concept work unfolds on this album, the dark doom and gloom artfully combined with hopeful/ lively prog arrangements.

It is a perfect work with a complete orchestra, various 'exotic' solo instruments, roaring organs, vintage synths, elegiac guitar solos, elaborate choir singing. On "Doomsday Afternoon" Phideaux indulges in epic spheres. The album is a single suite-like work with connected tracks in two acts with five songs in each of them. that build on each other dramaturgically. Act I: "Micro Softdeathstar" starts the album in an calm atmosphere, through soft vocals and a serene piano, but soon followed by heavier vocals. The violin is simply heartbreaking. The flourishes of the strings and all the inverts of the band shows incredible magnificence. "The Doctrine of Eternal Ice (Part One)" has thunderous chords with very high bass - especially at the beginning - and superb piano work. There is an explosion of synthesizers that is sensational. "Candybrain "starts with a very threatening theme, guitar, organ and flute add a great and excellent variety of textures. "Crumble" is composed of a piano with beautiful notes accompanied by a chorus of soft voices. "The Doctrine of Eternal Ice (Part Two) ", an electric and melancholic piano combined with a very soft vocal and a bit of synthesizer, are some of the main ingredients of this second part. Act II: "Thank You For The Evil" begins with a heavy drums, soon accompanied by a bass and guitar that draw a path of threatening atmosphere (dark way of creating the instrumentation) on the track. "A Wasteland Of Memories" starts to flow exactly from the orchestration left by the previous track. This song has an exuberant and magnificent opening, followed by some theatrical vocals. "Formaldehyde" represents perfect instrumentation, ranging from the guitar to the flute. The synthesizer and organ blooms in constant shots. "Microdeath Softstar" has again delicate vocals and an organ that seems distant, but that shines,

The sweeping orchestral arrangements, are the icing on the cake in a multi-layered production. Violins, cellos, trumpets, oboes and French horns create a smoldering cosmos permeated by classic prog passages, subtle space sounds, with fascinating light-footed melodies and polyphonic, well-arranged vocal parts. The atmosphere is relaxed, and the music is of an outstanding quality.

 Snowtorch by PHIDEAUX album cover Studio Album, 2011
4.20 | 864 ratings

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Snowtorch
Phideaux Crossover Prog

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars With "Snowtorch" the band Phideaux presents their eighth album. "Snowtorch" seems like a successor or a continuation to "Doomsday Afternoon". Ultimately, the album is a long suite, the individual parts of which merge gently into one another. The two dominant long tracks - "Snowtorch part 1 & 2" - are formally divided into smaller units, but you cannot hear them - the two longtracks in particular have a melodious and varied mood, with the focus on the art of the various keyboard instruments. Playful, symphonic rock music presented almost elegantly with a light hand. Melodic bliss and song orientation are skillfully combined. Add a dash of folk and a pinch of melancholy psychedelic, and you have another fantastic album. The vocal passages, especially the female ones, are once again very nicely arranged. Roaring organs, vintage synths, elegiac guitar solos and melancholic cello passages round off the whole thing.

Folky excursions, rocky rhythms, classical inspirations, ballad-esque, spherical and poppy things can still be heard, with everything serving as a subordinate part of the symphonic framework. It is an extremely diverse album . "Snowtorch" is cleverly presented with compositions in the style of the prog greats of the early 70s with some modern rhythms. A perfectly produced, contemporary Prog can be heard here, which values both melodiousness and complexity and flows richly orchestrated, sonorous and elegant.

 Doomsday Afternoon by PHIDEAUX album cover Studio Album, 2007
4.23 | 1029 ratings

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Doomsday Afternoon
Phideaux Crossover Prog

Review by BlazingProg

5 stars Wow, this is amazing. Phideaux has many incredible albums. But this is probably one of the best albums ever made. So unique. The album does not contain 1 weak song. Every song on the album is perfect. Phideaux and the band play incredible here as well. My favorite songs are Micro Softdeathstar, Candybrain, Formaldehyde & Microdeath Softstar. But every song is perfect. The melodies on this album are also extremely memorable. The artwork for this album is also great. The vocals by Phideaux and the female vocalists are spectacular and fit the music well.I would recommend everyone who likes progressive rock this masterpiece.
 Lysogenic Burnt Offerings by PHIDEAUX album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2020
3.93 | 8 ratings

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Lysogenic Burnt Offerings
Phideaux Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars Released in April 2020, this is the first in what is planned to be a series of archival recordings from Phideaux. What we have here are demoes, different versions of songs, rough mixes, and work in progress, so in some ways is designed very much for the fan. I would be interested in knowing something about where each song comes from and the context behind it, but that is a minor quibble. I did immediately recognise the title of one song, "Have You Hugged Your Robot Today", here in a basic track version, which originally appeared on 2006's '313'. Given the nature of the recordings and the music, there is a great deal of variety, which gives an interesting introduction to someone coming across Phideaux for the first time. Interestingly, while some songs are credited to Phideaux, others are credited to just Phideaux Xavier, while others find him credited with others. It is one of these, "When The Day Breaks You Down (Mix 1)" which is credited to Phideaux Xavier with Tombstones In Their Eyes, which is probably the standout track on the album. Delicate vocals build over the top of a piano and drone as the song becomes a distorted metallic progressive monster. It is powerful, dramatic, with many different phases and I am at a loss as to why this is the first time it has appeared on an album.

Some tracks are more Floydian than others, with the live version of "Thank You For the Evil" leading the pack, where Phideaux is joined by female singers and the guitars combine with very fluid keyboards. Overall, this album should not be considered as yet another artist trawling through the archive and bringing out different versions and unreleased songs to milk the punters for even more. Firstly, as with all his catalogue this is a "name your price" release, and secondly this contains some really nice songs. It means that this is an album which even a newcomer to Phideaux can pick up and happily enjoy ? they do not need to already know the rest of the catalogue. I truly hope that more people will take the opportunity to discover the wonderful material of Phideaux Xavier.

 We Only Have Eyes for You by PHIDEAUX album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2018
3.90 | 31 ratings

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We Only Have Eyes for You
Phideaux Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

4 stars It was only when checking through Phideaux's digital catalogue that I came across this EP, which was released in 2018. This is a 23-minute-long set which was designed to introduce people to the (then) forthcoming album 'Infernal'. Of the seven songs, five appear on that release, but here they are featured in different versions (including a live version of "Sourdome") while just "Protect The Order" and "Through The Clouds again" are not taken from that release. 'Infernal' was of course the end of a trilogy of albums which commenced with 'Great Leap' and 'Doomsday Afternoon', and Phideaux asks fans to consider this to be an appendix to that. Interestingly, there are currently no reviews for this EP on Prog Archives so I am not the only person who missed this altogether when it was released, and given that 'Infernal' is still ranked as #13 best album for the year that is a massive oversight from all of us!

So, what about it? Given that most of the material appears on 'Infernal' (albeit in different versions), and the title song appears twice (once as a "single" version, and once "stripped") it really isn't a surprise that this is very much in a similar vein to that double CD. Unlike his earlier material, here he brought in three different female lead singers, who also provided plenty of support, plus some wonderful cello and violin as he expanded the sound. There are times when it is simplistic, others way more complex, and it is the wonderful arrangements which grab the listener and refuse to let them go. Floydian at times, this is gentle and embracing music which brings in the listener and comforts them. When the guitars are fuzzed and distorted. they are the perfect accompaniment to the layered vocals, creating a harsher backdrop which is calmed by the smooth harmonies.

This release appears to have bypassed many fans of Phideaux, and they should take all steps to resolve that issue.

 Ghost Story by PHIDEAUX album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.66 | 193 ratings

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Ghost Story
Phideaux Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

3 stars Although back in the day Phideaux Xavier sent me his second, fourth and fifth albums to review, I had never previously come across his third release, 2004's 'Ghost Story'. With him making his complete back catalogue available free as digital downloads I felt I ought to correct that and listen to this album some 16 years on from when it was originally released. One of the things I noticed, even before playing it, is that this is very much a group album instead of the rather larger ensembles which often appears. Here Phideaux (vocals, guitars, bass) is joined by the ever-present Rich Hutchins (acoustic and electric drums, gongs), Mark Sherkus (organ, piano, synths (MiniMoog), guitars), Gabriel Moffat (Fx) and guest Sam Fenster (bass). This is a small line-up indeed yet is the perfect size for a wonderful collection of songs. At times we find Phideaux channelling his inner Lou Reed, while at others it is incredibly psychedelic. Take "Kiteman" for example, it is really only the production that lets one know this is not from 1968 or 1969. In many ways this makes me think of Jeremy Morris, another musician who seems to be at home in whatever genre takes his fancy.

Vocals are very much front and centre, while acoustic guitar is also a mainstay of the songs, and it could almost be Cat Stevens with other instruments kept to the rear, so the emphasis is on the man behind the microphone. Rich is always there, providing the correct emphasis, which may be dramatic drum fills, a hard-hitting snare, or just sitting there doing nothing which at that moment is the proper accompaniment. The electric guitars, often fuzzed and distorted, are the ones which take us into more progressive territory, making us think at times of Pink Floyd and at others of Gong, with the overall result being an album which appeals across the board. Looking at the reviews on PA it is something of a shame to realise that there has not been a Collaborator/Expert review of this album for some 12 years, and given the amount of exposure the more recent releases have been getting I am quite surprised. This may be different in many ways to what he is now more well known for, but this is a delight and one which progheads need to rediscover, especially if they enjoy shorter more psychedelic material as opposed to more drawn out affairs.

 All Is Number by PHIDEAUX album cover Studio Album, 2020
2.47 | 13 ratings

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All Is Number
Phideaux Crossover Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Honorary Reviewer

3 stars Phideaux has had a few different starts to his career, releasing his debut album in 1992, but not really getting going until 2003 when he released ' Fiendish'. One thing he was also doing back then was giving away his CDs free of charge to anyone who asked for them, and when the Covid crisis hit he made the decision to make his digital back catalogue free. By now he is of course well known within the prog scene, having released a number of incredibly important albums within the genre, so this is an act of real generosity. On top of that he has also been trawling through his archives and making them available as well, and this is what we have with 'All Is Number'. He says 'Here is an ambient project comprised of tapes I made when I was in high school 1980. I've cleaned it up a little and made some modifications to the sound files. Metal machine madness, perfect to scare the neighbours! There are no songs on this record.'

He's not kidding either. With just an electric guitar, a reel to reel tape recorder and some drums (plus he has now cleaned it up with pro tools) he has created something which is hypnotic, ambient, but also with an edge. The tracks vary in length with one as short as ten minutes, but two are more than 20 while the other two are more than 40. Does it stand up against his current albums? No, of course not: these were recorded 40 years ago when he was still at school, long before he learned what he wanted to do with his music and while he was still heavily experimental. But as a piece of archive recording it is incredibly interesting, with more than a hint of krautrock about it. This is not music which is going to appeal to those who want it sat firmly in the mainstream, but for those of us who like to be a little more adventurous and challenge ourselves in our listening habits. With the tracks being so long I did find that when playing on headphones that time seems to stand still as all there is left in the world is the drone, the swirling change, and the images created in my mind.

This may not be the Phideaux we have become used to, but a very different, darker and avant garde version, and it is strange to think he was creating music like this when he was so young, especially given the lack of facilities to undertake home recordings like this back then. Intriguing.

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