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Yet another prog folk group from the Le Tamanoir label (which included L'Engoulevent and Conventum also), this quartet lead by the pair of brother Paul and Marc Bolduc on guitars and winds, Brèche (Gap in English) recorded sadly only one album of mainly instrumental progressive folk (only half the tracks have lyrics) that can remind of a cross of Maneige, Conventum and L'Engoulevent, with the special characteristic use of the trombone giving them an edge. Carapace Et Chair tender is one of Quebec's best kept secret and this incredible album, yet to be reissued on Cd (ProgQuebec?), can still be picked up fairly cheap in vinyl stores above the 49th parallel.

One will find violin player Joubert in the pure Quebec folk-prog tradition Barde, but Brèche sole album is definitely worth the hunt, especially if you enjoy La Belle Province's brand of prog rock.

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Carapace Et Chair Tendre - 1979

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 Carapace Et Chair Tendre  by BRECHE album cover Studio Album, 1979
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Carapace Et Chair Tendre
Breche Prog Folk

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars Some of you maybe already know that Sean Trane's 4.5 really means (when translated to language that I understand) 5 stars. Yes, I usually tend to rate higher than some reviewers here, but I do not aim too high, just a little bit when I feel like.

I also thought that Harmonium's second album is Prog Folk (not Symphonic) and that this is Symphonic, not PF. Well, who knows. It sounds good, really good. Combining the best from both genres (yes, there's a lot of flute), Canadian folk is considered perfect for reasons. And these melodies elements of melancholic parts with somehow wild "solos" (as in Vent Du Midi that's prime example of this, even virtually every song here is like that). Biography is little bit dull (because I don't like "yet another" starting phrase), but maybe promotion of this album on main page may seasons its fame. And one more thing, there's a lot of violin here, but that just helps it all.

Even I'm forced to give just four stars, because there's something I lack. Even I don't know what it is. Singing is in French, but it's softer French, as one Canadian man said to me. There's a lot of Symphonic elements (I like them), Folk ones (too), songs are complex and intelligent. So

4(+) and hope that this feeling will change in future. Because this is really extraordinary, one-album wonder band that deserves it, so I'm quite sad I'm not able to give it.

 Carapace Et Chair Tendre  by BRECHE album cover Studio Album, 1979
3.93 | 20 ratings

Carapace Et Chair Tendre
Breche Prog Folk

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

4 stars 4.5 stars really!!!

Sole album from yet another obscure Quebec folk prog group that was also released on Le Tamanoir as their predecessor prog folk groups Conventum and L'Engoulevant. Graced with a strange artwork (a rather sober gatefold) and an even stranger name, this album develops the now-usual prog folk that Quebec had gotten us used to by this time, and their music is a blend of Maneige, Conventum, but they have their own edge, most notably on the unusual trombone sounds as the chosen horn instrument.

A fugue-ish Hymne starts the album in a rather charming way and when the choir-like vocals enter, one wonders the why of the rare reviews written about their rough vocals. I certainly found absolutely nothing wrong with the accentless French vocals that Daniel Roussel graces half the tracks and the other three members: if not one of the main feature, the vocals are anything but very well-suited for their type of music. With the instrumental violin-dominated Marianne, the interplay with the flute and the other lead instruments is just perfect, occasionally frankly brilliant. The piano- dominated Jos Kebek has maybe the weaker vocal part in its start, but once the acoustic guitar picks-up relayed by an astonishing trombone, the tracks ends in apotheosis with some wordless singing which brings even more solemnity. The first side of the vinyl ends on a lovely instrumental where Joubert's violin hesitates between the viola and the fiddle and the second part of the track has an under-mixed sax (not credited).

Starting off very strongly with the beautiful lyrics La Fuite (ghastingly beautiful closing moments), the second side is much the same as its opposite. The trombone-dominated De Justesse is a head-twisting instrumental is followed by the album's centrepiece (IMHO) the reflective Grandir. A rather gentle instrumental evolving gradually in an all- out jig closes the album.

Yet another one of those Quebecois unearthed gems from the glorious late-70's just waiting to get a reissue and of course your discovery. Stuck somewhere between early Maneige and the folk rock of L'Engoulevent, progheads are more likely to enjoy Brèche and Maneige rather than the harder line (and more medieval) Conventum and the better known Beau Dommage.

Thanks to Sean Trane for the artist addition.

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