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AQUASERGE

Psychedelic/Space Rock • France


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French outfit AQUASERGE was formed in 2005, when three musicians from the band Hyperclean left to start their own musical venture.

Today the band consists of Benjamin Gilbert (guitars), Audrey Ginestet (bass), Julien Gasc (keyboards) and Julien Barbagallo (drums).

Their debut EP was released on US label Manimal Vinyl in the fall of 2008; but Aquaserge already have two more albums of material recorded - presumably to be released sometime in the future.

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4.00 | 1 ratings
Un & Deux
2009
3.36 | 5 ratings
Ce Très Cher Serge, Spécial Origines
2010

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Tahiti Coco
2008

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 Ce Très Cher Serge, Spécial Origines by AQUASERGE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.36 | 5 ratings

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Ce Très Cher Serge, Spécial Origines
Aquaserge Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

3 stars Second or third album (this is confusing) from this quartet that exploit the submarine vessel like the group Nemo or Nautilus would, but this time in a very Bande Dessinée (comics) manner, with these impressive underwater life dangers on both the front and back cover of the digipak (apparently also pressed on vinyl). The group is now a quartet, but there is a flurry of guest musicians that appear here and there throughout the progress of the album. CTCS is a very different beast than their previous works, and not just in terms of sonics, but in the presentation as well. Indeed, gone are the Canterburyan soundscape and the Zeuhl intonations, but it doesn't mean that their music is that much more accessible or even less insane.

Opening on an, a capella Genèse, the album is not off to a good start, because the following Soir De Tempête is a bit of an obtuse hard-fusion piece with weird mixing choices (IMHO), directly leading (we're in the middle of 6-part mini-suite) into the minimalist Errance and the vocal-dominated interesting Serge Est Perdu, then a very punky Gong-ian Selve and the psychy searing feedback-filled guitars of Algues piece. Only the lengthy Visions piece does bring you back to Aquaserge's previous works on the present album, because we hear some Wyatt-like soundscapes, but unfortunately the finale is a silly vocal-dominated piece that might just seem built to be a sing-along in concert.

As I said above, CTCS is quite different than the U&D release, to the point that it's not that easy to tell if it's the same band at first glace/listen. Repeated listens will soften this remark, because there are less obvious hints that make the link. Personally I prefer the U&D release by a certain margin, but finding it might just be a bit difficult.

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 Un & Deux by AQUASERGE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Un & Deux
Aquaserge Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

— First review of this album —
4 stars This is a relatively rare release comprising the band's first two albums (recorded in 05 and 09) and other releases (including a Tahiti single) that were simply not available anywhere, and now all compiled into one superb orange and brown cardboard sleeve depicting their fave submarine vessel dealing with hairy underwater dangers. It's not quite clear as to which line-up (none mentioned) recorded what material, but there is over four years' time lapse through the disc.

It's rather difficult to categorize the band's music, but for sure Robert Wyatt seems to have a real influence over their first full-length album (renamed Un), but one couldn't be mistaken, despite its sombre but descriptive soundscapes and strange storytelling. Their generally slow-paced Canterburyan music (everything being relative) really only belongs to them and they sound like no-one else I've heard so far. The music is mainly keyboard-driven (often electric piano), but the bass plays a preponderant role as well, as there are some slight Zeuhl-ian touches as well, and even a hint of RIO at times with some very effective dynamics. Generally their album is haunting and even a tad fascinating, but there is a slight weaker moment in the slow jazzy piano piece of Aquabaret, which seemed to be the last piece of their album, but nowadays only second-last. Indeed the Sous-Marin piece that is now ending it dates from 09, and seems a much-more fitting exit, despite being an experimental/RIO sound collage.

The second album is a rather bizarre mix of their Tahiti release and some added tracks that made their second album (recorded a mere 8 months after their first), now called Deux, but subtitled Tahiti Coco. Only three (long) tracks of a much faster tempo with harder soundscapes. Opening on a rather engaging groovy Femme De Tahiti, the vocals are much more easier-going, the whole thing being fairly straightforward and even a tad commercial (by prog standards) in its first few minutes. On the whole, the Canterbury influences are still present as well on this second album, but this time slightly more in the JR/F realm, but the Zeuhl also remains. Weird electronic noises open Cloclo, before an up- tempo Quo-esque boogie is refusing to change Status, despite some short scat vocal interventions. Wild guitar and fuzzed organ parts are reigning supreme here. The Closing Mon Capitaine has lengthy psych-RIO intro, where fuzzed-out organs are blooming openly, but the bizarre childish electronic takes over, only to leave the grounds to an enthralling funky bass & guitar passage

Quite a pleasant surprise to have discovered the band through the 2010 RIO Festival in Carmaux, as the band was just releasing their second/third album, Ce Très Cher Serge, and by the same token, distributing this Un Et Deux compilation, recently manufactured as well. Indeed, Aquaserge is a very unique band that deserves a lot more attention, especially if you're into bizarre Canterburyan-Zeuhl with an RIO twist.

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 Tahiti Coco by AQUASERGE album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2008
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Tahiti Coco
Aquaserge Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by apps79
Special Collaborator Neo Prog Team

— First review of this album —
3 stars Coming from France,Aquaserge is a Psych/Jazz/Prog experimental trio established in 2005 by three members of the group Hyperclean: Julien Gasc on bass/guitars/keyboards/vocals, Julien Barbagallo on drums/keyboards/vocals and Benjamin Glibert on bass/guitars/vocals in order to broaden their music boundaries.Their first work was an EP,or better a short LP,as this was released on vinyl by the American label Manimal Vinyl Records in 2008,entitled ''Tahiti Coco''.

The sound on this album is really a big surprise with the French trio opening the work with ''La femme de Tahiti'',a track heavily influenced by Psychedelic/Prog and Kraut Rock with demanding guitar work,obscure organ and electric piano parts,a hypnotic rhythm section and some quite complex KING CRIMSON-esque passages.The following ''Ciocio'' will open with effects instead of music to become soon a Heavy Rock piece with a steady groove,experimental vocal tunes and some dated (is it farfisa???) organ throughout reminiscent of early SOFT MACHINE.The longest and closing piece ''Mon capitaine'' is coming straight from early-70's Electronic/Kraut at the opening minutes with distorted head-pain effects before becoming some sort of Experimental Lounge Jazz on the way with again a ROBERT FRIPP-like guitar work,while after the middle the track becomes trully heavy with great synth/electronics blended with energetic Heavy Rock.

A daring first step for the band,not absolutely succesful,but definitely towards the right direction with quite a few interesting experimental bits to be heard.Recommended.

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 Ce Très Cher Serge, Spécial Origines by AQUASERGE album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.36 | 5 ratings

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Ce Très Cher Serge, Spécial Origines
Aquaserge Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by EchidnasArf

4 stars Aquaserge rocks hard but know how to clean up very well.

This group from France has managed to stay somewhat under the radar, which is surprising considering their ample talent and ability to churn out fantastic art/jazz/space rock, seemingly at the push of a button. This is the kind of album that I think fans of Frank Zappa and Soft Machine would enjoy immensely, myself being one of them.

Ce très cher Serge gives the listener equal doses loud freak-out psychedelic rock, and chilled out grooves under harmonious atonal chanting (in their native tongue, so the lyrics go completely unknown to someone who knows not but two words of French, such as myself). This is an album for headphones! The sound quality is great and there is real attention to detail here. There even seems to be some distant harkening back to some of Brian Wilson's vocal arrangements with the Beach Boys! For this band to exist in this day in age is beyond me. They would have been right at home in the jazz-rock, avant, and Canterbury scenes of the 70s, but don't let their naturally vintage sound fool you. Make no mistake, there is something about this band that is entirely "NOW", highly original, and sometimes seemingly from the future. Drum and bass grooves are a cornerstone for these guys, and they have the odd groovy time signatures down to a T. I would even suggest this album for an open-minded math rock fan given the frenetic, yet precise playing on songs such as "Un Soir De Tempête", "Un Monde Englouti", and "Tombé Dans La Selve". It's hard to pick particularly noteworthy tracks from this album (seeing as how I love the entire thing!), but specific songs that jump out at me are:

2. "Un Soir De Tempête" 3. "Errance" 5. "Un Monde Englouti" 6. "Tombé Dans La Selve" 9. "Visions"

Do yourself a favor and pick up this album now. It is a thing of beauty. These guys are hands down, one of the few exciting bands in existence right now (IMO of course), and you'd be hard-pressed to find another band that sounds like Aquaserge. I'd give this album 4.5 stars if I could.

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