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NARR are French band. As a project, it exists from 2003, and it has been Clťment Werner's brainchild a platform for his musical ideas. In summer of 2004, NARR rendered from a project to an actual band, since Clťment Werner (who is, aside from songwriting duties, also playing bass and singing) met Marti Ilmar Uibo (drums) and Kalevi Uibo (guitar). Both of them were already innvolved in various musical projects, varying from ancient music ensembles through jazz to death metal. Combination of all of these parameters will knit the specific sound of NARR, as well as Werner's deep, gothic voice and flute, played in vintage prog rock manner by Laurent Lefebvre (he played with Marti and Kalevi in their jazz output).

The band started recording their debut in September of 2007 and finsihed it in May 2008. The debut, titled 'Oxymore Dans La Chrysalide Des RÍves' was self-released CDr first, and in 2009 the band signed for Musea Records which published the album.

The music of Narr could be described as a mixture of eerie symphonic progressive rock, somewhat reminiscent of ANGE and ARACHNOID, but with accented bass, gothic textures, deep vocals, poetical spleen and bursts of medieval music, plus a hint of metal. Highly recommended.


Moris Mateljan, 2009.

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 Oxymore Dans La Chrysalide Des RÍves by NARR album cover Studio Album, 2009
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Review by b_olariu
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3 stars 3.5 really

Narr is quite an unknown name for eclectic prog folk listners and I think they desearve a far better view. They are from France formed around 2003 and releasing so far a single album with a strange name Oxymore Dans La Chrysalide Des RÍves issued at Musea records in 2009. Well, the music is exactly as the cover art - A combination of prog folk elements with eclectic feel, dark deep gothic vocal lines, some jazzy overtones all together in a vintage atmosphere, the result is not bad at all. The band that comes in mind when I'm listning to Narr at certain extent is norwegian Tusmorke. What is at first spin very evident is the bass arrangements, is very in front, very dominat on every pieces and combined with flute is quite intresting here like on opening piece Zepter Des Narren, I think the best from the album and an excellent track that defines the Narr sound, deep dark bass dominated prog folk. The rest are also ok, this is the type of album that needs repeted listnings to be fully appreciated, all pieces has a mid to low tempo, so no fast moments here, but that is not a problem for me, I don't have or know many albums that sounds like Narr so I can say they have a quite an original sound in today scene. Quite unknow to larger public. To me this is quite good towards great in places3.5 stars for sure.

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Review by maribor

4 stars Narr is a young French band which started out in 2003 as the brainchild of multi-instrumentalist Clťment Werner. After a while, Narr became a stable outfit with Werner at the helm and Marti Ilmar Uibo and Kalevi Uibo doing their parts on percussion, guitar and backing vocals. On this, their debut album, they are joined by Laurent Lefebvre on flute.

Narr develop a softer variety of progressive rock, with an emphasis on folk rock (the flute and vocals are the most obvious "culprits"of this). There are certain symphonic elements as well (some Mellotron samples used, the piano segments and some very intriguing developments), while a great deal of the music also seems to be based around the philosophy of post rock, with themes being bent and shaped out of all recognition over extended periods of time.

Musically, we hear a very prominent rhythm section. The guitar is smooth and unobtrusive, with more focus on the development of melodic themes than on strictly technical playing. A good mix of acoustic and electric guitar is employed, although prevalently done softly (without distortion). The keyboards are used for background mostly, with many big chords creating dreamy atmospheres. The vocals are often choral and Gothic and often reminiscent of Gregorian chants. However, although it is clear that a lot of attention was put into the vocal parts, they are probably the weakest element here. It's not that they're poor or anything like that, it's just that they're very ordinary (in terms of colour and melodies) and don't stand out.

Should Narr choose to focus on a more instrumental approach, with vocals being used merely as another (backing) instrument, they would have a fine future as a folk/symphonic/post rock crossover. The music is ambitious and striving to discover new territories, which is always welcome. With a bit more focus on compact themes and their intertwining, Narr should have no problems creating a very fine legacy for themselves and for fans of such music.

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Review by Windhawk
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3 stars A decent and at times pretty innovative effort from this French outfit.

We're dealing with the lighter side of the art rock spectrum on this effort. Not as in light tones and textures, but light in the sense that you won't get to hear even one distorted riff pattern on this effort. No standard guitar soloing either.

Clean, undistorted electric and acoustic guitars are utilized instead, most often as wandering textures on top of an insistant, dominating wandring bass guitar - with the latter apparently the central instrument inn all compositions.

With both regular and theatrical vocals and the occasional flute soloing the end result is mellow, dark and dreamy affairs with leanings towards folk music in style, but with a distinct foundation within the art rock family.

Somewhat repetitive at times, but all in all a good effort - and those who might fancy mellow, dark and dreamy art rock should check this one out.

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