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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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Espace FiniEspace Fini
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Musea Records France 2001
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Clône by TIEMKO (1995-01-01)Clône by TIEMKO (1995-01-01)
Musea
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Ca Tourne...Ca Tourne...
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Musea 1996
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3.83 | 14 ratings
Espace Fini
1988
3.91 | 18 ratings
Océan
1990
3.16 | 9 ratings
Parade
1991
4.40 | 11 ratings
Clône
1995
3.63 | 7 ratings
Ca Tourne
2004

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 Ca Tourne by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.63 | 7 ratings

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Ca Tourne
Tiemko Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Harold Needle

4 stars Once again, Tiemko managed to totally surprise me!

"Ã?a tourne..." is the last Tiemko album, released by the Musea Records after Eric Delaunay's death in a car accident. The CD consists of two parts. Firstly, we get a collection of previously unreleased studio recordings from 1989 to 1996. Secondly, we have a computer program, which is a great addition to the band's most die-hard fans (including me).

Let's talk about the audio content first. The album has only five tracks, which gives us merely 30 minutes of music itself. But what a music this is! From one hand, the music sounds almost nothing like the previous albums, but from the other hand - a watchful ear can hear a lot of familiar sounds and effects. It is extremely weird, experimental and bizarre, even for Tiemko and avant-prog standars. "Hi!" has some great drumming by Mr. Delaunay (truly he was one of the greatest french drummers) and jazzy keyboard chords. "Ã?a tourne...", "Variation" and "Gnome fantaisie" are all impovised tracks, quite simmilar to each other. Every one of them is a great journey, with tons of craziness. The thing I most love about them is usage of various electric drums sounds and dense layers of keyboards. All these things combined give us amazingly strange, yet full of atmosphere improvisations. "H.T.V" is a short bonus track, based on a drum loop, which reminds me of another french group DeBoCo (which Mr. Delaunay was a member of). Cool little track.

Regarding the computer content: the program has its issues. First of all, it doesn't seem to be fully compatible with modern software. I tried to run it on windows 10, and partialy it did work. Sadly, my computer is unable to read the font, so there's nothing I can read really. And even if I could - everything is written in french. However, I was able to check some things. With the program, we get a live video of Tiemko playing "T.87" from their debut album. There is also a discography part, with some audio samples. Some animations and photos are there as well. I've read somewhere that there is a fully-written biography about the band, but I couldn't find it anywhere (because of the lack of compatibility), so I can't guarantee if it's truly there. The resolution is 800x600, so you get the idea that this thing is very obsolete.

In conclusion - overall, I really enjoy this release. Total time is way to short, and should be extended by adding some more material. The music is definitely not for faint-hearted people, but if you enjoy avant-garde - you're going to love it. Because of the obsolescence, the computer content is almost unusable for me, but if you do have an older computer, you should have no problem with it. Like I mentioned before - it's a great thing for the band's die-hard fans, who want to own any extra materials related to the band.

Although the "collectors/fans" sentence may be an accurate description for this album, giving it only two starts would not be accurate at all. After all, the music is very good and refreshing, especially if you like experimental/improvised stuff. If you're new to Tiemko, I'd not recommend starting with this album, but it's definitely a must, if you know all the previous albums already. A very nice addition to your music collection.

 Parade  by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.16 | 9 ratings

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Parade
Tiemko Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Harold Needle

5 stars With their third album, Tiemko finally managed to create an outstanding piece of music, which could be easly considered a "masterpiece of progressive rock music". The band seems to have taken every great element of thier previous albums, add some new flavours and make something really special - thus "Parade" was born.

This time Tiemko goes almost full avant-garde, leaving jazz-fusion and neo-prog influences behind. The sound remains very electronic though: the album is ruled by dense synthesizers. In addition, there's also a colourful guitar and great drums (switched to vibraphone or xylophone in times). This release reminds me a lot of the best Miriodor albums, which is good, since I especially enjoy "grotesque-macabre" kind of music.

The album starts with an absolute killer "Le Retour du Hero". What a masterpiece! Vey powerful track, with magnificent, weird melodies and thick keys layers. Note the intense drumming as well. To this day, it remains my favourite Tiemko's song, and one of my favourite avant-garde tunes in general. "Parade" reminds me a little of the first song from Tiemko's debiut album called "Requiem". A very simillar kind of majestic and tame composition, with tons of vibra/xylophone and fake trumpets. It matches with the cover perfectly. "Copie Blanche" starts off quite cryptically, grows slowly to the point in which the guitar takes over and delights us with wondeful soloing over dreamy underlay. "Spirale" is a drumless track, which once again starts heveanly, then gets ultra disturbing. This one has a very experimental vibe in it. "Good Bye Mister Prog" is another fast and quirky tune, with constant time singatures changes. Sounds quite simillar to the Hungarian band Solaris. "Vaine" and "Taille One" are both rather calm tracks. The first one is jazzy and dreamy, while the second one provides us with another dose of tame sublimity. "Moment" seems to be a little introduction with strings-pads and nice acoustic guitar. And finally comes "Hymne", which starts off with classical-like strings. After three minutes the madness starts to grow. Another ton of time singnature shifts, and even a little quote from their first album ("Bulgarian dance"). It sounds like the whole album was compressed into one composition: majestic guitars, weird keys, some neo-prog feeling. Great!

In conclusion: this record doesn't try to immitate zeuhl, symphonic prog, neo-prog etc. Rather, the band takes the best elements from all of the above (and many more!) and adds it's very own magic to it, which makes this album a undeniable masterpiece. For those who spend their lifes in a brave quest of discovering adventorious and uncompromising music - this is A MUST for you. 5/5

 Océan by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.91 | 18 ratings

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Océan
Tiemko Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Harold Needle

4 stars After the first album, Tiemko apparently decided to give up with their neo-progressive and symphonic roots to focus more on a fusion approach to music. Fortunately, the avant-garde and oddity are still present, so when you add them to the band's magical musicianship, you won't end up with just an average jazz-fusion album you'd expect to hear.

The first part of the album consists of four quirky and weird tunes, which are well composed, yet they still manage to have a lot of improvisation feeling. "Épisode" starts off like the you were just dropped into the impenetrable depths of the ocean. The whole tune brings Magma to my mind, although Tiemko's sound is much more electronic, as the music is mostly led by the synthesizers and colourful guitar. On "Hypercontraste" instead of drums you'll hear a lot of vibraphone and even weirder synths. There's a jazz part in the middle, which is rather disturbing, yet nice and calming in some way. "Bonbon Très Sucré" is the pure fusion track, based on great acoustic guitar playing. It's also the most pleasant composition, which shouldn't scare anyone away. "Vodka Frappée" takes us back to the fast and adventurous playing. Furious guitar solos, great drumming and (once again) very strange keys - I love every single thing in this one! This is the most intense composition on the album - definitely not for faint hearted. The second part of the album is the single track "Océan", which is basically a 20+ min. improvisation with some composed parts weaved in it. This one is really experimental, and - as Evolver rightly pointed out - remains intense the whole time. Electronic drum loops, majestic guitar solos, playing with synth's sounds and settings - all of the above and much more you'll find there.

I was actually a little bit dissapointed once I gave this album a listen, mostly because I'm more of a symphonic and neo-prog lover myself. But after some time I started to appreciate it, and even though I'm not a fusion maniac - I really dig this one. Still there seems to be a tiny lack of attention catching moments, although there's not much more to complain about. Especially recommended for avant-garde, electronic and fusion fans.

 Espace Fini by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.83 | 14 ratings

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Espace Fini
Tiemko Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Harold Needle

4 stars Viva la France!

Tiemko is a French trio consisting of keyboards, drums and - not like the most of prog-trios - electric guitar. Don't let the lack of bass player fool you - Tiemko shows that the band can go without one and still make amazing music. The adventurous trio went in searching for their own musical identity, ranging from neo-prog, jazz-fusion, electronic and symphonic music to avant-garde sounds. The result is known today as "Espace Fini".

"Requiem" is a symphonic, yet very tame composition which reminds me of a Japaniese ensamble Zypressen. A lots of sublime keyboards, fake-trumpets (which usually sound terrible, but not in this case). With an addition of choir and xylophone it all makes a delicious piece to start an album with. "Chant transylvain du sud-ouest tyrolien" is just a grotesque intermission (Miriodor and Zamla Mammaz Manna come to mind), which leds us right into "Elephant de Siberie". Now that's a serious buisness! The powerful bass synthesizer, intense drumming and beautiful guitar solos make this one my personal favourite here. "T.87" from the other hand is a little goofy and weird sounding track, with a lot of 80's feeling in it. Quite complex, with a good guitar jamming and some sinister turns. "Contrastes" is a little bit too majestic pattern, with a disturbing, yet relaxing in some way jazzy vibes in the middle. "Bulgarian dance" is an uptempo, quirky tune, showing Tiemko's love for the avant-garde movement, which ends up sounding a little bit like the Belgian band Present. The same goes with "Attentat", but along with avant-garde comes neo-progressive feeling. "Espace fini" is my least favourite track in here, as it seems to be rather a sloppy tune. The piano does its work though, making the music much more claustrophobic. At the end we get "Post-scriptum", which is basically the jazzy version of "Requiem" - and it sounds good.

The one problem with this album is that there's not so many essential and attention catching moments, which might be causing it to sound a little bit immature. But the wonderful atmosphere, musicianship and courage (+ the great cover!) make this album an easy 4 stars for me. Not their greatest effort, but still a bloody good record, worth your time and being an excellent addition to your prog rock music collection.

 Océan by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.91 | 18 ratings

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Océan
Tiemko Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

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.

 Clône by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1995
4.40 | 11 ratings

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Clône
Tiemko Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by jayem

5 stars Keeping it on their friendly, 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 went to explore its unique field for nine years.

Three years after their third album, the band included in Clone, as a major change, a couple of pastiche pop songs with doubtful meaning (sung by keyboard player Jean- Jacques Toussaint), and another bit of french banter (sung by drummer Eric Delaunay) , which 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 out here...

 Espace Fini by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.83 | 14 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 has exclusively electronic drums and 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, isn'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 investment and control from the music industry.

 Océan by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.91 | 18 ratings

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Océan
Tiemko Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JR/F/Canterbury 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.

 Espace Fini by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1988
3.83 | 14 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...

 Parade  by TIEMKO album cover Studio Album, 1991
3.16 | 9 ratings

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Parade
Tiemko Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by silvertree
Prog Reviewer

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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