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    Posted: December 11 2007 at 17:25
 
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VOLAPÜK is exactly in the same inspiration as the other projects and musical deliriums of drummer Guigou CHENEVRIER. After ETRON FOU LELOUBLAN or even LES BATTERIES, the music is clearly RIO with instruments such as violin, bass, clarinet, cello, flute, harmonium and drums. The most unique element of VOLAPÜK is their melodic sense in abstract music. The music is catchy while pushing the envelope. This is a difficult balancing act but one VOLAPÜK is very successful at.
 
 
 
 
 
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5%20stars French band VOLAPÜK is a trio formed around the drummer and composer Guigou Chenevier, formerly known from ETRON FOU. They are using instruments such as clarinets, marimba, violoncello and flute to create a music that blends chamber music, Jazz, progressive rock and the bands in the RIO movement. The compositions are complex with lots of improvisations and the musicians are virtuosos. With the addition of accordion many of the tracks sounds as if they could've been taken from a Lars Hollmer album. In fact the track "Voilà Pük" are a Hollmer composition written for VOLAPÜK, and listening to it you can hear that it has the unmistakable Lars Hollmer touch to it. This is a really interesting album, and I think that many Lars Hollmer fans will appreciate it. Highly recommended listening!

Posted Saturday, January 24, 2004 | Review Permalink
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5%20stars It is indeed one of the best RIO albums of the new wave, quite possibly one of the best Avant Garde rock albums released on the 21st century (only four years, but lots of albums). Guigou Chenevier has condensed the eclectical spirit of Etron Fou and combined it with the modern feeling of relentless desesperation and the noetic values and proportions RIO is proud to annlunce: nihilist and sterile free-form movements where the content surpasses the transcendence of the form. This is musical Dadaism. The Lars Hollmer creations redefine the context of Volapük and take music from a more rotten view. This is a band who owes its complexity to the power of improvisation.

Posted Tuesday, October 05, 2004 | Review Permalink
 
 
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4%20stars This excellent album by French band Volapük led by Etron Fou drummer GUIGOU CHENEVRIER is one of the best and most accessible Avantgarde/RIO albums I’ve ever listened to. The mixture of world music and odd Avant stuff presented here is just perfectly done. They are using some rather uncommon instruments like the taragot, which is a bit similar to oboe or the African sanza which is composed of a series of flexible tongues of uneven length, made of metal or bamboo, fixed to a wooden plate or trapezoid sound-box. There are no real highlights on this album which doesn't mean that it is boring but rather because all the tracks are so great and wonderful that it actually defies any description. It’s not one of those RIO albums that are full of weirdness, actually the only more crazy one is the last track but nevertheless it does not lack exciting moments at all. Overall it’s a very enjoyable and versatile listen with a certain amount of oddity, maybe not necessarily to be recommended to those fellows who love their RIO as crazy as possible but I’d call it an excellent addition to any prog collection and I’d like to advice anyone who is looking for some special uncommon music, not exclusively RIO-fans to check out this album. It’s worth for many many enjoyable listens.

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4%20stars Volapuk returns with a new album, and dissapointment is certainly NOT provided here! These guys have been improving their music so much since their previous album. Unlike the other album (Slang), this one is a great RIO album. In addition, a new members (Takumi Fukushime) has joined the trio, and now it's actually a lovely quartet that plays fine RIO! As far as I know many people consider this genre boring, and I can certainly agree with them about it when it comes to few albums, especially the previous one by Volapuk. However, this album doesn't appear in the list of boring RIO albums because it's actually a great achievement by these people, and they really succeed in providing the RIO fans with good RIO tunes full of strings and other accustic instruments. Moreover, I recommend you listen to this album if you are fond of Univers Zero, Present, Gatto Marte, Cro Magnon, Art Zoyd and so on.

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4%20stars Excellent release by this RIO/chamber rock group from France. I doscovered this group very recently after gaining interest in bands such as UNIVERS ZERO and I was not dissapointed by what I got. This album is a mix of jazz, chamber rock, and classical music all woven perfectly together to create a great work of progressive music. The highlights of the album would be "View Futur" and "Valse Chinoise" (soo beautiful). The last track, "L'oeuf d'Apük", from where the album gets its name, is a very comical yet sad song with a nice folk tale. It ends with a moral but I could never understand the vocals because it is said very softly...it jsut adds an element of mystery to the whole thing. Overall: great release with some apparent influences but mostly inventive. Good for lovers of bands such as ETRON FOU, UNIVERS ZERO, HENRY COW. Highly recommended

Posted Thursday, March 29, 2007 | Review Permalink
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
01. Vieux Futur (5:02)
02. Nusrat (3:09)
03. Voilà Pük (2:39)
04. Sanza (2:21)
05. Tante Yo (4:03)
06. Entre 2 Zoo (2:51)
07. Technovo (4:03)
08. Marimba (3:23)
09. Des liens invisibles (3:43)
10. Valse Chinoise (2:29)
11. Pablo (3:15)
12. Medication & Yoghurt (2:20)
13. L'oeuf d'Apük (3:24)

Michel Mandel: clarinet, taragot
Guigou Chenevier: drums, vocals, keyboards, marimba, sanza
Guillaume Saurel: violoncello, flute
Guest:
Takumi Fukushima: violin, vocal

 
 
 
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Yes, more non-prog or crap-prog recommendation from assaf....
 
 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 11 2007 at 17:42
Guigou Chenevier is a superb drummer who also writes some highly imaginative music. In some ways Volapuk is Etron Fou unplugged; the main instruments are cello, bass clarinet and drums, with occasional vocals and (on some albums) additional instruments. Volapuk are RIO with a sense of humour - strongly recommended!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 11 2007 at 20:05
I listened to their debut yesterday and I plan to listen to Polyglot and some other albums of theirs, soon.

Great debut, I cannot wait to hear some more!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 11 2007 at 20:09
Volapuk RULES. 

Ethnic-fusion RIO for the win. 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 28 2009 at 21:47
Originally posted by rileydog22 rileydog22 wrote:

Volapuk RULES. 



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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 01 2009 at 12:57
not easy to listen, i have tried several times but the band's music is not really my cup of tea, sorry Assaf CryLOL

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 01 2009 at 13:00
Originally posted by rileydog22 rileydog22 wrote:

Volapuk RULES. 

Ethnic-fusion RIO for the win. 


Yep.

Really one of my favorite bands, Polyglot and Where is Tamashii?  are truly outstanding albums.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 01 2009 at 13:03
Volapuk is one of my favourite bands. Polyglot is an excellent album, and I like Where is Tamashii even more.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 06 2009 at 06:39
Saw them live this weekend and was pleasently surprised. Would probably have bought Polyglot had they brought any to sell. Chenevrier is an amazing drummer.
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