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TOUPIDEK LIMONADE is another French group who's members spanned from Hellebore. The band formed in the early '80's, rumoured some time around 1984, by three likely suspects: Jean CaŽl, Kwettap Ieuw, and Denis Tagu. "In greenlander Toupidek refers to small statues that are sculptured in whale bones and that represents sea monsters with magical powers; of course Limonade means the juicy bubble drink !"* The bands keen sense of humour transfers to both their music and album titles, with their debut taking a play on words to Hellebore's soul album.

Their quirky compositions are inspired by dreams, revolving around rule-less meanderings that find themselves in surprisingly concise territory. Composed by a hybrid of traditional instruments and child's play things the mainly shorter pieces are accompanied by off-kilter lyrics that touch upon important world issues such as "pataphysical mother goose rhymes"* Their sound straddles RIO groups like Etron Fou, Pascal Comelade crossed with minimalist aesthetics. Interestingly the band held connections with David Willey & Jeanne Christensen; two members of Avant-prog groups 5UU's and Hamster Theater.

TOUPIDEK LIMONADE will not to be everyones cup of tea. The fanatical followers of the light hearted Euro RIO branches should find wealths to love here. Recommended to lovers of playful and humourous.

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Il y a des nuits ... et Des Nuits, Studio album (1985)
Il y a des bulles dans la banquise, Studio album (1998)
Le Phoque a Bu L'Air, Studio album (2007)

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Le Phoque A Bu L'AirLe Phoque A Bu L'Air
In Poly-Sons
Audio CD$4.23
Il Y a Des Vies Qui DevientIl Y a Des Vies Qui Devient
Imports 2012
Il Y A Des Bulles Dans La BanquiseIl Y A Des Bulles Dans La Banquise
In Poly-Sons
Audio CD$36.12 (used)
Il Y a Des Bulles Sous La BanquiseIl Y a Des Bulles Sous La Banquise
Musea Records France 2001
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3.00 | 3 ratings
Il y a des nuits... et des nuits
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Il y a des bulles dans la banquise
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Le Phoque a Bu L'Air
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Il y a des vies qui devient

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 Il y a des nuits... et des nuits by TOUPIDEK LIMONADE album cover Studio Album, 1985
3.00 | 3 ratings

Il y a des nuits... et des nuits
Toupidek Limonade RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by toroddfuglesteg

3 stars I have to admit I feel like Bambi on ice when trying to describe this album.

I interviewed this band last week and the interview was good. It seems like the band went to Greenland in hunt for penguins and missed penguins by 10 000 miles or so. That pretty much describe this music too which is a mad collection of chamber orchestra RIO pieces intertwined by some strange male choirs and female vocals. Total mental asylum in my ears.

...... but their music actually work. The music is very pastoral at times and very cleverly put together. There are some piano pieces here which is very clever in their own right. The male vocals is a bit disturbing mental, but they too works. This album is very much in the Euro avant-garde theatrical tradition and very French. French as in the same tradition as Jaques Brel and Ange too.

This album is actually a good music experience. The sound is good too. I would not label this a great album, but it works fine and I like it. It is a good album.

3 stars


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