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French jazz-rock psychedelic band was founded in 2004 in Rennes, Bretagne. At the core of the group, there are three high school buddies, Youenn Migaud (guitar), Herve Launay (sax) and Antoine Tharreau (keyboards) who, after some years of diverse musical experiences, together or separately, decided to form L'OEIL DU SOURD (EYE OF THE DEAF). They were joined in 2007 by drummer Cedric Lucas shortly thereafter by Charlotte Mérand (electric violin) and Mathilde Clavier (vocals and clarinet).

They mixed rock energy with jazz sax sound and structural freedom. If certain parts, often shorter, can claim more or less of jazz, the longest lead us in a mighty maze in which one loses some its bearings. The music includes saxophone, drums, keyboards, guitar, violin, clarinet and vocals and is a sound of prog rock jazz fusion of the 70's (without being that music in reality). This touch is brought by including all sounds of vintage keyboards. Classically trained Matilda Clavier distils a song lyric from the most original opera and vocal experiments. All this is caused by tremendous energy, a surprising strength of conviction that is contagious and contaminating (perhaps it is the origin of their name out) with an amazing mix sounds, and vintage and electronic. Perhaps we could situate this group unclassifiable - somewhere near Rock in Opposition, in a niche of progressive jazz and experimental avant-garde.

Some line up changes happened: near Migaud, Launay and Clavier from the early line up, there are two new members, Julia Robin (bass) and Tony Peoc'h (drums). Their first album ''Un?'' was released in 2009 (self production). - Slava (Snobb)

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 Un? by OEIL DU SOURD, L' album cover Studio Album, 2009
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L' Oeil Du Sourd Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by avestin
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4 stars Well this one is odd. Not so much the music (at least not for me, although I'm sure some will find it weird or just peculiar), but the song titles, the artwork, the band's name (The Eye Of The Deaf). But do not let that deter you. Inside waits an intriguing, beautiful and special sounding experience.

Formed in 2004 in Rennes, Bretagne in the north of France as a quartet of guitar, drums, saxophone and keyboards, the lineup got expanded with the addition of a violonist and vocalist (chanting/vocalization would be a more appropriate description). In 2009 they self-released their first album, Un?.

Long multi-part compositions, filled with heavy sounding guitars, enchanting keyboards and powerful drumming (with a variety of other instruments), fronted by saxophone and voices (female mostly), the music is otherworldly in a way, mixing styles together and a generous amount of experimentation with sounds and atmosphere. At times very cool sounding, while at others demented and crazy (the opener Ods is a fine example of these extremes in their music), their music is eclectic in nature and consists of jazz, psychedelic rock, electronic manipulations and even zeuhl (listen to the bass playing and chanting in Ods and in Here I Am J(H) for example). Their music sounds passionate, if only for the female vocalization by Mathilde Clavier (I think), and the instruments that accompanies her, be it the violin on A.C or the saxophone in Ods. But passion and zeal, while prevalent here, are part of the sound. Haunting vibes are abundant and playing around a theme in a jam-like manner seems to be something they like doing. It's not done off-hand, though. Thought is put into it with regards to how each instrument is contributing to the ornamentation of the pattern being played repetitively, whether it's the guitar, violin, keyboards or sax. A sense of mystery is seeping through in the longer tracks, Ods, Deux Trains?, Here I am J (h), driven by these elements mentioned in a hypnosis-inducing fashion. The tension increases as the music proceeds, reaching higher peaks (Deux Trains) and then even changing direction altogether (Ods, Deux Trains).

This album is quite a trip. A dynamic affair, it covers a wide range of sonic peaks and valleys, high-energy segments and cooler, calmer grounds. Its eclectic nature, mixture of jazz-rock with psychedelic-rock and zeuhl is well done, appealing and leaves me exhausted (in a good way) at the end. Being a first album, they may very well refine their sound, and remove the more rough parts of their music (though I can't personally find fault in that) and go for a more unified and cleaner sound. In spite of this, I find this work charming and to my taste, very satisfying. This band and album are a great discovery for me and I look forward to more from them.

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