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MIRIODOR are one of the finest Canadian experimental progressives. A strong influence of the first Canterbury bands (EGG, GILGAMESH, UNIVERS ZERO's influence) is noticeable, as in the experience of the MUFFINS. They perform themes based on breaks and harmonic audacities with a technical facility and a lot of ideas that should please all the fans of a pioneering Progressive. There is plenty of good sax playing which contributes to that jazzy improvised sound attributed to the Canterburries. The band describe themselves as "rock-oriented post-modern chamber music, with definite humorous overtones".

The band is centered on Pascal Globensky (keyboards) & Rémi Leclerc (drums) who have appeared on every album. Bernard Falaise became the regular guitarist from '95's Jongleries Elastiques. The band has been a regular on the Progressive Rock Festival circuit having appear at Nearfest, Progscape, Progday, RIO & Gouveia.

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4.30 | 54 ratings
Rencontres
1986
3.46 | 47 ratings
Miriodor
1986
3.94 | 45 ratings
3.rd Warning / 3.è Avertissement
1991
4.20 | 60 ratings
Jongleries Élastiques
1996
4.00 | 53 ratings
Mekano
2001
4.17 | 62 ratings
Parade
2005
4.21 | 99 ratings
Avanti !
2009
3.90 | 57 ratings
Cobra Fakir
2013
3.69 | 44 ratings
Signal 9
2017

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

3.98 | 9 ratings
Live 89
2009

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4.00 | 3 ratings
Tot Ou Tard
1987

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 Signal 9 by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.69 | 44 ratings

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Signal 9
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Walkscore

3 stars Much Quirk, Less Musical.

The most recent album by Miriodor, Signal 9, ramps up the quirk factor, but in the process loses some of the musicality that made albums like Avanti so good. There are more stops and starts, and the transitions often seem too quick, not fully thought out. Simply put, the music flows less well on this album. This is not to say that there isn't some great music here - there is. The opening track, Venin, provides a good start, and the high quirk level (or, as some reviewers call it, 'staccato' approach) on the second track ('Peinture Dans Le Coin') to a large extent constitutes its charm and musicality. But not all the tunes are so compelling, and this is generally not an album one will want to listen to all the way through very often. A lot of the tunes are shorter and less developed, snippets really, and so have less musical heft, and the contrast between tracks can be jarring. In general, in addition to the first two tracks, I like the longer ones here. 'Portrait-robot' (in English "Identikit", or reconstructed portrait) is the best track - starts off really heavy and crunchy, turns dark and quieter in the middle, then becomes very melodic with a baroque-like bass pattern through to its ending. That one is very musical. The last two minutes of 'Chapelle Lunaire' are also great, very musical, but the first four minutes that one must wade through to get there leave me flat. 'Secret Passage' contains some great parts too (wonderful last 3.5 minutes!), but again, not the whole thing, and some parts simply drag. The long closing track, 'Le Ventriloque Et Le Perroquet' (The Ventriloquist and the Parrot) is up there among the better tunes here too, fairly inventive with strange vocal effects and patterns, some nice minor-key fairground chord progressions, and some great dissonant interlocking guitar lines, although I find the telephone ring that accompanies the main quirky theme annoying. Indeed, many parts of this album seem intended to grate for the purpose of waking you up, or something. This would be fine if there were a good reasons to be so woken, but I find there are not enough musical sections to justify the non-musical parts. So, a mixed bag with some good music, but I would recommend other Miriodor albums before this one. I give this 6.9 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to (mid) 3 PA stars.

 Avanti ! by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.21 | 99 ratings

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Avanti !
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Walkscore

4 stars Excellent! One of Miriodor's best, most musical, albums.

Avanti, for me, is the album on which Miriodor shine brightest. Their quirky, complex and sometimes atonal music can seem cold and calculated, and on some other albums it leaves me a bit cold, but on Avanti it is put in the service of creating great compelling music. On this album, every track is special, the music flows really well, and I am always drawn to listen to the whole album all the way through - I can't turn it off actually. Miriodor have added guest horn players on this album too, and there are more solos on this one than most Miriodor albums, giving this album a lot more soul and warmth (even when the music is meant to be intentionally cold). The music shifts effortlessly between riff-based themes, to math-rock interlocking electric guitar patterns, fair-ground atmospheres, some really difficult time signature-based lines, and dark distortion-drenched sonic landscapes. While the album gets off to a great start with 'Envoutement' (bewitchment), the quality of the music here remains remarkably constant (high) throughout. Also, on this album, the melodies are a lot more memorable than on many other Miriodor pieces. The horn lines on the second track (Bolide Debile, or Dare Devil) for instance, are highly memorable while adding some jazzy guts to the album (as does the guest trumpet solo on this track). The fourth track ('Ecart-Type', or Standard Deviation) combines a funk shuffle beat with a punk ethos, math-rock interlocking guitar-key lines, and popcorn-like electric guitar melody that sticks in the head. Very musical. 'A determiner' (to be determined) builds quietly to great seemingly out-of-time jazz-cantebury jam before breaking into quirky electronic funk six minutes in with an excellent guest sax solo. The last two tracks (the title track, Avanti!, and Reveille-Matin, or Alarm Clock) provide some great dark atmospheric moments, with distorted guitars, quirky RIO-like runs, and Crimson-like building chord progressions. All in all a very musical and original album. This is the Miriodor album I would recommend picking up first. I give it 8.7 out of 10 on my 10-point scale. An excellent addition to any collection.

 Cobra Fakir by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.90 | 57 ratings

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Cobra Fakir
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Walkscore

3 stars Quirky and inventive, but a bit cold.

Miriodor are currently from Montreal (Canada), and perform a quirky and complex form of instrumental music. Despite their beginnings and the label attached to them here, I actually think they belong more in the 'eclectic' category than RIO or avant. While they occasionally use atonality and avant styles, their music more often involves complex lines and runs over top of fairly consistent and even normal drum beats (much more like an instrumental Gentle Giant than, say, Henry Cow). Cobra Fakir from 2013 is their second-most recent album. Not as good as the predecessor (Avanti), but better than their most recent album (Signal 9), it is a mixed bag, but contains some great music. My favourites are the title track ('Cobra Fakir'), 'Titan' (the most RIO/avant track here), and 'Speed Dating sur Mars' (the latter has a definite GG feel to it). If only the whole album had been this musical. None of the tracks here are off-putting, mind you, but many of the remaining tracks are not overly musical either. In general, the first half of the album is better than the second half, and some might find it a bit tiring to listen to all the way through. The one thing I would like to see more in Miriodor are solos - they really like to practice the tough coordinated or counter-point lines, but they don't really like to solo. There are only a few solos here, mostly short electric guitar solos. They could also explore more their jazzy-side - much of this music would lend itself well to jazz fusion, but the band seems intent on steering their music away from jazz. This is fine, but it means the music ends up feeling a bit cold. Solos would warm it up, add some soul. So, one the whole, some difficult complex quirky music - worth checking out - but could have been even better. I give this album 7.3 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 3 PA stars.

 Signal 9 by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 2017
3.69 | 44 ratings

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Signal 9
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

4 stars So the Canadians are back with their ninth studio album, and a slight change in line-up as they move back to a quartet, but as all of the guys play multiple instruments anyway there isn't a noticeable difference in that area. As with the excellent 'Cobra Fakir', the first word that springs to mind is 'staccato', as this is music that is rapidly moving around and for the most part doesn't have time for long held-down chords but just wants to get on with it. Coming from a RIO/Avant background, they have been listening to some of the early Canterbury bands as well as to King Crimson and Art Zoyd to create something that is always interesting and complex, and just a little different to much that is available within the prog scene, let alone mainstream.

It is the type of album that will polarise opinions, as those who like it will enjoy it a great deal, while others will fall into the 'what on earth are you listening to' camp, and won't give this album the time it both needs and deserves to get the most out of it. This is complex, with lots of melodies and counter-melodies, with Bernard Falaise often crunching the guitar against myriad keyboard sounds, but that can all change in an instant. It is music that does demand respect and attention, and those prepared to do just that will get a great deal out of this, as it is incredibly rewarding.

 3.rd Warning / 3.è Avertissement by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.94 | 45 ratings

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3.rd Warning / 3.è Avertissement
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars At the fall of 1988 Miriodor took part at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle de Victoriaville and in 1989 they made a significant tour in Europe, visiting France and Belgium.Next move was to enter the La Prairie Studios in March 1991 and work on their next album.Being their third work this was entitled ''3e avertissement'' (''3rd warning''), released the same year on the Cuneiform label.

While not much has changed stylistically speaking compared to the previous album, it seems that the Miriodor trio worked and played in a more tight and consistent enviroment.They appear to be comfortable with the sampled instrumental parts, the talent was always there and the result was a great R.I.O./Fusion album, filled with deep orchestral moves, dramatic sax work and heavy use of synthesizers.Tracks are pretty short, but with so much going on a longer running time would have resulted a more tiring effort as a whole.Cleverly enough, not taking advantage of the CD's extended time, they presented some 45 minutes of beautiful, orchestral music with jazzy influences and more modern touches, highlighted by the intense sax/keyboards interplays, the flawless drumming and the endless breaks from dense instrumentals to more atmospheric deliveries.Melodious themes appear to have returned and be a decent part of Miriodor's music, combined nicely with strong dissonances and complex arrangements.Despite the limited instrumentation, the executions are always powerful and passionate with some romantic, laid-back interruptions, fronted by a frenetic Sabin Hudon on sax and the cinematic use of synthesizers.Propably a more natural sound would have been even better, but even so this is high-class RIO with certain Fusion touches.

Very serious, but always well-crafted music, showing Miriodor return to top level.Even if R.I.O. is not among your cups of tea, this one deserves some careful listenings.Great to fantastic material, highly recommended.

 Cobra Fakir by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.90 | 57 ratings

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Cobra Fakir
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars 3.5 styars really!!

Yet another line-up change for Miriodor, who reverts (temporarily) to a trio format, but in the studio, it makes little difference as all three members play many different instruments, this time including turntables, though you won't be hearing any hip-hop. However the album's title is somewhat misleading as it could induce one into thinking that the band explored the Asian subcontinent's music. Alas! If there are some Indian music elements, they're probably integrated too subtly for my not-so- inexperienced ears, but AFAIAC, I heard none in this album. Actually, we're heading in the opposite direction from what their previous album, Avanti had led us. Can we talk of a step backwards? Of course not, we are on more familiar grounds than Avanti had us, and one can only regret it.

If the first few numbers hover around the usual Miriodor sonics ("yet again", one could almost say), things are gradually changing with the help of the turntable effects and the overall soundscapes and moods are getting heavier and moodier. By the half of the album, you'll think a few times of Crimson, but it gets even deeper, in a "UZ crossed with Pink-era Tangerine Dream" sense but with that typical Miriodor touch. And what to say of the album's closing piece, which is simply stupendous, almost having you beg for more of the same; while at the album's early stages, you were despairing for something new. While I definitely prefer their previous Avanti, Cobra is certainly one of their better one, but mainly so because of its second half.

 Cobra Fakir by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.90 | 57 ratings

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Cobra Fakir
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by kev rowland
Special Collaborator Crossover Prog Team

5 stars Miriodor formed in 1980 in Québec City, and have been through some different band formats since then, but are currently a trio comprising founding musicians Pascal Globensky (keyboards, synths, piano) and Rémi Leclerc (drums, percussion, keyboards, turntable) along with longtime member Bernard Falaise (guitars, bass, keyboards, banjo, turntable). Miriodor have long been members of the international RIO movement, but what I find amazing is just how immediate this music is, although it is complex in the extreme and some would find it incredibly challenging. To my ears it is a staccato world where not only am I welcome, but it is somewhere that I want to stay as long as I can.

They have definitely given this album the right title, as a cobra fakir is a snake charmer, who uses carefully concocted melodies to put the mighty reptile into a trance from which there is no escape. That is the same here, as once this hits the player nothing else exists. Imagine Gentle Giant and King Crimson combined at their most eclectic and not allowed out of the studio until they have come up with something that is breathtakingly brilliant, and you may be close to what this is all about. There is no doubt in my ears that this is one of the most important albums ever to come from the wonderful Cuneiform stable and here is something for everyone into RIO, prog, avant music, jazz and/or they have an open mind as to where music can take them. In many ways hard to describe, and definitely hard to ignore, this is a compelling piece of work.

 Cobra Fakir by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.90 | 57 ratings

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Cobra Fakir
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Suedevanshoe

4 stars Miriodor continues its trend as the most accessible and inventive avant prog out there. Twitches, buzzes, dives, and lurches wind their way through musical muck that somehow makes sense and fits together as a coherent whole. As with their excellent previous record, Avanti!, some songs are stretched the the seven, eight, and nine minute marks, interspersed with some shorter sonic explorations.

In terms of highlights, I truly like the acoustic opener, obviously owing a debt to Bernard Falaise and his work with the Conventum reunion in 2012. This is not the only acoustic song on the disc, and this band keeps plugging away paving new terrain in the progressive world. I truly believe this group is the Can of its generation, decades and decades ahead of their time.

Miriodor is a sorely underexposed group, Cobra Fakir is a thrilling listen and fits very nicely in Miriodor's top notch catalog. If you haven't already, check out their previous albums from the 2000's. Fans of Univers Zero and the RIO movement will find lots to like here, and adventurous listeners will be rewarded handsomely.

Miriodor is recommended to jazz fans as well. This record could easy pass for jazz if Medeski Martin and Wood were creative enough to sound like Miriodor.

 Miriodor by MIRIODOR album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.46 | 47 ratings

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Miriodor
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars By the end of 1984 Miriodor, now reduced to a quartet without Denis Robitaille and Marc Petitclerc, left Quebec and moved to Montreal.They released a casette entitled ''Tot ou tard'', recorded in the fall of 1986, after which Francois Emond also quit.The now compressed trio of Pascal Globensky, Remi Leclerc and Sabin Hudon decided to move on, trying to take advantage of the modern technology and signing a contract with Cuneiform Records, finally recording a new album in January 1988 in Montreal.This was released the same year, simply entitled ''Miriodor'', propably to mark the new beginning of the shortened line-up.

While the debut of the band was close to a masterpiece, ''Miriodor'' seems to reflect the trio's hard times during the mid-80's, having lost a bit of the inspiration, still producing highly challenging and sometimes entertaining music.The abscence of additional musicians and the heavy use of modern technologies have made their sound quite cold and mechanical, while the album lacks the interesting melodic parts of ''Rencontres''.On the other hand the arrangements remain demanding with impressive, serious musical ideas, ranging from Lounge Jazz to complex R.I.O, full of dominant sax attacks and careful synth and piano parts.These allow the trio to scan the territory from dramatic and bombastic jazzy Progressive Rock to ethereal and minimalistic soundscapes with tons of changing moods.There are plenty of intersting orchestral parts, combined with sax- and violin-driven Avant-Prog climates, offering adventurous material all the way.

Some years later the album was reissued in CD format, containing also the tracks of the ''Tot ou tard'' cassette, more or less following the vein of the main album's component.I miss the masterful moments of Miriodor's debut, but this is still a very good album of cinamatic, orchestral and complex Progressive Rock.Recommended.

 Live 89 by MIRIODOR album cover Live, 2009
3.98 | 9 ratings

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Live 89
Miriodor RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars 4.5 stars. Yeah this is a keeper folks. This was recorded at various venues in 1989 but there is no crowd noise on this album so you wouldn't even know it was live. Five of the tracks come from the second self titled record and two from the forthcoming (at the time) "3rd Warning" recording while five have never been released on any of their studio albums. It's interesting listening to this after just reviewing the two studio albums that most of these tracks came off of. They are a trio at this point yet this sounds fuller and it certainly boasts more variety and power than those two studio albums.

"Dememnted Horse" has a cool intro with intricate sounds as the sax comes and goes. It turns into a steady rhythm then settles beck after 3 minutes with percussion. It kicks back in a minute later. "Trap" has relaxed piano and sax then it picks up. I like this. Dissonant sax before 3 minutes. "Procession" has such a good and uplifting sound to it. The sax is prominant then it turns intense 3 1/2 minutes in. "Premonitory Insomnia" calms down 1 1/2 minutes in as the piano and sax leads. It starts to build 3 1/2 minutes in. Nice. It does settle back and become repetitive later. "Tic-Toc" has an interesting soundscape that builds. A calm before 2 1/2 minutes then it kicks in again. Oh yeah ! "Regards" feastures piano and sax and it's fuller before 2 minutes. Chaotic after 3 minutes. The atmosphere is cool 4 1/2 minutes in as the drums come and go and the sax cries out. It picks up before 6 minutes.

"Network" opens with some nice drum work followed by a calm and sax. This is complex and intricate then we get another calm before it picks up again. "A Milkman's Adventure" opens with nature sounds that continue as spoken words join in. "Suspicion" has lots of sax and drums. I like it ! Piano 4 1/2 minutes in as it settles and nature sounds come in as it blends into "Transmission". The tension starts to build here and it's chaotic and dissonant after 3 minutes to the end. Cool ! "Glimpse" has some interesting sounds in it while the closing track "Breathless" has some crazy sax throughout with a dark atmosphere late.

This is a must for MIRIODOR fans.

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