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TIEMKO

Jazz Rock/Fusion • France


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TIEMKO is a purely instrumental band on both first albums which unites its Progressive rock and new musics influences to create an original music where the guitar and keyboards are sucessively high-lightened. The music is fully orchestrated with thick keyboards that create a very dense sound. This band is instrumental prog rock in the vein of bands like YES, GENTLE GIANT and KING CRIMSON.

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CloneClone
Musea 2003
Audio CD$17.23
$9.95 (used)
ClôneClône
Import
Musea 1995
Audio CD$9.49
$9.50 (used)
Ca Tourne...Ca Tourne...
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Musea 1996
Audio CD$15.59
$43.56 (used)
ParadeParade
Musea 2004
Audio CD$12.99
$11.00 (used)
Espace FiniEspace Fini
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Musea Records France 2001
Audio CD$49.75
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3.86 | 10 ratings
Espace Fini
1988
3.92 | 14 ratings
Océan
1990
2.46 | 7 ratings
Parade
1991
4.50 | 7 ratings
Clône
1995
2.60 | 5 ratings
Ca Tourne
2004

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 Océan by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.92 | 14 ratings

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Océan
Tiemko Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

3 stars While ''Espace fini'' was far from being a masterful album, it was a decent attempt on intricate Progressive Rock, making Musea upgrade Tiemko in one of its most consistent products over the next years.A second album by the French trio was recorded in 1989 at Adam Studios, produced by the veteran sound engineer Phillipe Beaucamp, known for his past work on albums of Tai Phong, Patrick Forgas, Treponem Pal and Wooden Ear.Under the title ''Ocean'' it was released in 1990.

Four mid-length tracks introduce the listener to Tiemko's dissonant world of Prog Fusion with Electronic touches, tortured between electrified textures and more experimental moods and featuring striking ALLAN HOLDSWORTH-like complex, rhythmic guitar moves and atonal parts with pounding bass lines and dark keyboard tunes.The drums are half natural, half-programmed and remain Tiemko's most weak point, maybe next to some questionable keyboard effects.On the other hand the music still has a charming, obscure aura, dominated by its shifting moods, its Avant/Fusion atmospheres, some excellent jazzy guitar hooks (especially on the acoustic-driven ''Bonbon tres sucre'') and the changes from dramatic guitar-driven instrumentals to the atonal, keyboard-based soundscapes.Leaving these first four tracks behind, Tiemko attempt to deliver a long composition of their own with the 22-min. title piece of the album.Regarding its style, this comes as combination of cinematic Electronic Music with powerful Fusion, offering the strongest and weakest elements of the group.The rockier and more Fusion textures contain great guitar work again along with complex drumming and the spacey, electronic waves are trully atmospheric and intelligent.However, some flat keyboard themes and the average connection between the different variations rise question about this composition's consistency.Some passages are way too long and minimalistic, others are pretty stunning with tight interplays and competent performances, especially during the closing moments with the furious guitar/synth/organ battles.

Tiemko insist on playing an experimental type of Prog/Fusion with contemporary elements and a wide range of haunting atmospheres, lacking to come up with decent melodies, but delivering some impressive and captivating instrumental music.Recommended, especially if you love complicated and slightly experimental Progressive Rock.

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 Clône by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.50 | 7 ratings

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Clône
Tiemko Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by jayem

5 stars Keeping it on their convivial frenchy homely foundation ; careless in some ways yet musically and creatively very committed , nurturing elaborated, well-thought adventurous music with the help of promising sounds and rich musical background, Tiemko managed to explore its unique-sounding field for nine years.

Three years after their third album, Tiemko planned a major change: they decided that a couple of pastiche pop songs with doubtful meaning (sung by keyboard player Jean- Jacques Toussaint), and another couple of french banter (sung by drummer Eric Delaunay) , could not hurt in the midst of fascinating instrumentals.

Let's rate this album as if it were the best in the World, simply because there must be an ultimate genius piece of music down here.

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 Espace Fini by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.86 | 10 ratings

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Espace Fini
Tiemko Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by jayem

5 stars Named after a restaurant in which they decided to form a band, Tiemko were three french musicians, already turning thirty; pieces of their first album match what they've recorded later in terms of musical maturity.

This first album is characterized by the exclusive use of electronic instead of ordinary drums. That particular use conveys the kind of unorganic techno-industrial feel that was quite fashionable in the 80's. Applied to this very music, it makes it feel as triumphingly uncompromising, somehow like the Merrie Melodies opening theme for Bugs Bunny and co.

Tiemko can go dark and weird, but this, along with hype and willingness to be number one, aren't what defines the band. The main foundation for Tiemko, as clearly professed by the band, is a commitment into adventurous music between friends, while keeping it homely (making music like preparing a good meal).

Their way of getting a band into playing and cutting records is of highest value at my place, and it's amazing that a demanding project like Tiemko managed to last so long without massive ad investments and control from the music industry.

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 Océan by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.92 | 14 ratings

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Océan
Tiemko Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

5 stars Way back about twenty years ago (Has it really been that long? It doesn't feel like it.), I contributed reviews to a progressive rock newsletter called "On Reflection". The main benefit of this was receiving prog releases from around the world, that I would not have discovered otherwise. This was the finest of any of the releases I received and reviewed.

Somewhere between the music of the great seventies fusion bands, and chamber rock groups like Univers Zero, lies the music of Tiemko. The album opens with Épisode, a piece that flows effortlessly between energetic prog fusion that recall some of the upbeat Happy The Man tracks, and UZ style power RIO. And I have to point out that the guitar solos are out of this world.

The second track, Hypercontraste, amps up the style, with the fusion sounding verry Zappa influenced, especially with the tuned percussion. Bonbon Très Sucré is a more traditional fusion piece, based around some fine acoustic guitar work. The piece provides a bit of rest before the energy is back up with Vodka Frappée.

The title track closes the album in a twenty minute epic. It's a more nebulous piece, where the trio provide spacy atmosperic soloing, which somehow manages to remain intense the entire time.

After all this time, I still enjoy listening to this one frequently.

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 Espace Fini by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.86 | 10 ratings

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Espace Fini
Tiemko Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by progadicto

3 stars Nice surprise. Tiemko's debut album is an interesting piece full of mixtures and syncopated rhythms based on a great work on keyboards and sober guitar solos. Its not a memorable album, but it has some good moments.

Requiem is an interesting piece that works as an almost epical introduction with some dark chorus. Chant Transylvain... it's just a little "intermezzo" before the powerful start of Elephant de Siberie, maybe the best song of the album. From an exquisite work that reminds me some 80's Ponty songs, suddenly this "elephant" turns into a dark bolero with an amazing rhythmical piano and powerful drums. T87 and Bulgarian Dance are two regular songs or maybe they sound to me so much "classic-fusion"... But Contrastes ans Espace Fini are two wonderful instrumental pieces, with awsome arrangements and very-very dark (It reminds me some Halloween (FR) albums and even Mona Lisa).

The album ends with Post Scriptum a song who started on the same rhythmical and instrumental base of Requiem but transforms into a nice jam.

Anyway, the album is good, you can listen it very relaxed three or four times but then it turns a little bored... 3* for me...

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 Parade  by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1991
2.46 | 7 ratings

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Parade
Tiemko Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by silvertree
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2 stars I was very disappointed by this album after everything I've read about this band. The music is very technical and the musicians seem more interested in their solos than with the melody which is very repetitive. It reminds of Edhels especially because of the sound of that synth-guitar or guitar-synth (hard to distinguish). If you like Edhels' music than this is for you.

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