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A short-lived Swiss band that produced a single albums during a brief recording session in 1977, TROCARN existed well past the apex of progressive folk music. The group, headed by guitarist/vocalist Christian Fues, toured for a short time and disbanded. Nearly three decades later Fues revived the original tapes and re-recorded them with original bassist/keyboardist Christian Pidoux, along with support from other friends and his daughter to provide vocals. This record was released in 2007.

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 II by TROCARN album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.91 | 2 ratings

Trocarn Prog Folk

Review by brainsuccasurgery

4 stars It is always nice to get a nice surprise. This record is an exit from the shores of Lake Geneva (Nyon, Switzerland). Recorded in one week in 1977, published in vinyl version a thousand copies only, we can not say that release had shocked the crowds at the time.

Thirty years later, a CD version was born, coincidence or favorable context, about the same time as an unexpected Pulsar album which it refers involuntarily musically. And even though the approach of the two band is different stamps voices of the singers, their sensitivity as a guitarist, fragile and cloud environments, strong evocation of a glorious past of symphonic prog are all matches that is hard to ignore.

If the creative effort of Pulsar with their Ashes Memory consists of original compositions, seems more obvious principle, that of Trocarn II, who gets most of the compositions Trocarn first version is altogether more impressive. Indeed, Christian Fues, swiss guitarist and main architect of Trocarn, has occasionally done things and is not merely a dusting surface. He took the radical option of re-work the entire original work, complement and extend the melodies and better managed, expand and re-arrange the harmonies and then re-record everything in its home studio with current technology. Even taking care to invite some of the founding members of the group.

Is obtained at the output a singular work, modern and classic at the same time. And from a quiet original prog album , we get a real rocket prog timeless sip of emotion on edge and moments of grace;

Although it is apparently easier to create from an existing material than doing scratch, this profusion of ideas, these bursts of inspiration from what is more the brain of one man, are worthy of the greatest interest or praise that I did not hesitate a second to do, as if these refreshing album had been made for my own enjoyment. I almost forget the inevitable limitations of the approach: an honorable production, more inventive than flamboyant, singing Christian Fues endearing powerful, rhythmic programming, discrete and varied, who can not forget the absence of a true original drummer.

Details than that. The new version of Trocarn works great. The extraordinary "Naif" (9:50), a cross between Steve Hackett and the best symphonic of Ange discography, "The Farmer" (9:52 p.m.) a piece creates again with sincerity, humility and simplicity that are the inverse of the facility and does not prevent the inventiveness; Respecting its ideals, Christian Fues Trocarn II has offered us an album that flows from source and for once, it is water that could give lessons to the source.

 Trocarn by TROCARN album cover Studio Album, 1977
2.25 | 5 ratings

Trocarn Prog Folk

Review by apps79
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2 stars Late-70's Swiss group from Geneva, that recorded only one album during the 70's.Trocarn were Christian Fues on guitar/vocals, Christian Pidoux on bass/synthesizer/organ, Raphael Hardrick on drums/percussion and Manuel Munoz on guitar/vocals and their self-titled album was recorded in ten hours at the Studiovox Studios in Geneva, finally released in 1977.

Trocarn appear to have been heavily influenced by ANGE, though their style was musically much more folk-oriented, and even on the back cover of the album some puppets were drawn, a trademark of the early ANGE albums.The components of the album are the warm French vocals, the melancholic keyboards, the mellow rhythm section and constant use of acoustic guitars.The compositions are quite laid-back with few explosions, especially on the closing ''Le faysan'' with its bursting electric guitar solo.However Trocarn seem to lack the strong songwriting and composing skils of their heroes and the most interesting thing among their compositions is possibly the excellent vocal parts.The soft use of electric guitars, the abscence of significant changes and therefore the lack of some dynamics and the isolated calm instrumental passages result a work full of dreamy soundscapes but empty of memorable moments and some needed power.

Soft Theatrical Progressive/Folk Rock with a vibe from the acoustic textures of ANGE and GENESIS.The vocals come in a great French style, but the music certainly needed some more diversity.Not among the best works of the style...2.5 stars.

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