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HUNE

Eclectic Prog • Canada


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Another jewel in the crown of Rock Progressif Quebecois! HUNE appears to be the project of Daniel Couturier, who at least plays guitar, and possibly the other instruments on the album as well. The vocals are provided by André Bourget. The debut album, "De l'Autre Côté du Monde," was released in 2009. They have already begun work on their second album, which will be "a move towards our own style" (from Daniel Couturier).

The band's myspace page lists influences as PINK FLOYD, GENESIS, YES, KING CRIMSON, and STEVE HACKETT. In the blog section of the myspace page, Couturier describes playing GENTLE GIANT and FRANK ZAPPA material on guitar in the 1970s. He also describes listening to other Quebec prog legends OCTOBRE, SLOCHE, MORSE CODE, and HARMONIUM (especially "l'Heptade"), and indeed their influence is felt on the debut album, mainly in the vocals and strong sense of melody. In fact, influence can be seen from all of the above listed bands, making eclectic an ideal location for this Quebecois band.

HUNE's music can be described as melodic, atmospheric, sometimes complex, with wonderful French vocals and harmonies that remind me at times of SLOCHE's first album. Although the influences generally come more strongly from the English bands listed above, the Quebecois feel is definitely there.

[Todd, with input from Dan Couturier--thanks!]

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4.34 | 14 ratings
De l'Autre Côté du Monde
2009

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 De l'Autre Côté du Monde by HUNE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.34 | 14 ratings

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De l'Autre Côté du Monde
Hune Eclectic Prog

Review by b_olariu
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4 stars Hune is coming from Quebec zone, Canada, and manageing to release so far the album De l'Autre Côté du Monde issued in 2009. Well, this album is a quite great one I tell you, it sounds like it was released in '78 or earlier, symphonic prog with some folk touches here and there. Is intristing that Hune is all about one musician Daniel Couturier, who is responsable for all instruments that are heared here + a helping hand from André Bourget responsable for vocal department. Hune music is taking influences from Qubec greats from golded era of prog like Sloche, but also quite similar with Ere G also from Canada. The music is complex full of great arrangements, acustic guitars not far from folk zone, keyboards interluded brilliant with the guitar and a pleasent voice on top. If you don't know the year of release you could swear that this album was released in the mid to late'70's, but this is not a problem because Hune manage to create something good and intristing in same time. My fav piece is La Lettre de Marque with amzing guitar parts, specilly the intro of the pieces is killer, very nice. The longest track of the album, the title De l'Autre Côté du Monde, clocking near 25 min is a truly piece of work, complex symph prog with some memorable passages, is hard to belive that is the work of only one person, but in the end hands down for this Daniel Couturier, great multi instrumentalist. Some Pink Floud elements appear here and there giving a spacey atmosphere. So, 4 stars for this album, worth to be discovered because the listners may find some intristing moments here that keeps the flag high in prog rock zone.

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 De l'Autre Côté du Monde by HUNE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.34 | 14 ratings

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Review by Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Quebec has given us some amazing music over the years and this new band HUNE continues with that tradition. I have to thank Todd for the bringing this band to my attention before they were even added to this site.

"De L'Autre Cote Du Monde" is the over 24 minute title track. I remember getting excited the first time I heard this one.The atmosphere blows in and settles.This is right up my alley. Acoustic guitar joins in then piano before the percussion is added. A calm after 5 minutes with samples (I like the waves) then it kicks in suddenly before 8 minutes. It settles back some before 10 minutes. Prominant guitar before 12 minutes followed by lots of synths.The guitar is back, organ too. Then vocal for the first time before 16 1/2 minutes.That calm returns again late with samples. Great tune. "Citadelle" opens with sparse piano until it starts to pick up the pace. Vocals after 1 1/2 minutes.Great sound here. Vocals stop. I like the mellotron here and keyboards. Vocals are back after 5 minutes. It's fairly intense before 10 minutes. Some nice guitar a minute later. Excellent song !

"La Lettre Du Marque" features samples early followed by a nice heavy soundscape. The bass is chunky. Vocals before 2 minutes (so uplifting). I like how this sounds when the vocals stop too. They're back 4 minutes in. Aggressive guitar 7 minutes in. Mellotron before 9 minutes as it calms down. Three fantstic tracks in a row. "Le Revers De La Medaille" has this deep melodic rhythm to it. Synths around a minute.Vocals before 2 minutes. The synths are kind of spacey before 4 minutes and they are prominant to the end. "Mission En Mer" has this relaxing beat with synths that eventually start to lead the way. The beat gets heavier and vocals join in before 2 1/2 minutes. I like this. I'm reminded of FLOYD. The guitar is a nice touch 5 minutes in too.

A very strong debut that I hope will get some much deserved attention from Prog fans out there.

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 De l'Autre Côté du Monde by HUNE album cover Studio Album, 2009
4.34 | 14 ratings

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De l'Autre Côté du Monde
Hune Eclectic Prog

Review by Todd
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5 stars My favorite album of 2009!

HUNE's first album, "De l'Autre Côté du Monde," is a fabulous debut full of memorable melodies, dense textures, and wonderful vocals. HUNE appears to be the brainchild of guitarist (multi-instrumentalist?) Daniel Couturier, with vocals provided by André Bourget. With influences predominantly coming from England (I detect PINK FLOYD and KING CRIMSON most strongly) as well as from their native Quebec (SLOCHE, OCTOBRE, ERE G), HUNE provides a great synthesis of these diverse styles. The atmospheric moods of PINK FLOYD are particularly seen on the title track (a 25 minute opus) and the closing track, "Mission en Mer." Textures in the style of KING CRIMSON are scattered throughout all the songs. There are waves of mellotron, a busy rhythm section, Gilmour-esque minimalistic but singing guitar solos, more complex guitar textures often augmented by piano or organ, and the strong vocal harmonies of Bourget, used sparingly but quite effectively.

The title track is 25 minutes long and owes a large debt to the atmospheric moods of PINK FLOYD, evoking thoughts at times of "Shine On." The mood, initially dreamlike and slow, is provided by layers of keyboards playing dense chords, underlying acoustic guitar. The pace picks up considerably about 8 minutes in, eventually settling into Frippesque guitar textures. The vocals don't come until the song is nearly over, but when they do it eases some of the instrumental tension that has been building.

"Citadelle" showcases flowing melodic lines of keyboards, vocals, and singing guitar over halting rhythms and drum fills, many of which are wonderfully echoed by the bass. It's a complex arrangement that seems less so because of the contrasting melodies. My favorite passage occurs about nine minutes in, when there is a Crimsonian riff played over throbbing bass and mellotron--wow!!

Probably my favorite track is "La Lettre de Marque." Not only is the melody the most memorable on the album, but I love the section about three minutes in where stuttering bass and drums echo one another over mellotron, with soaring, shifting guitar licks fading in and out?man, it's just amazing. For good measure, the passage is reprised as the song fades out.

Overall, this is such an enjoyable album, one which really has left its mark on me. Greg Walker gives the album his coveted "essential!" rating, and KinesisCD says, "Without hyperbole, had this album been released in France at least 30 years earlier, it would today be considered one of the classic French progressive albums." I have to agree with them both wholeheartedly (noting that it's from Quebec, not France) and give it my unqualified praise. Cinq etoiles.

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