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    Posted: January 23 2009 at 11:15
Released in late 2008, Qualia is the second and (again) stunning album from the fabulous French band SYRINX (with ties to the wonderful bands NIL and THORK).

Beautiful instrumental music, fronted by an acoustic guitar, complex, long compositions, requires full attention, peaceful yet dynamic and thrilling.

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http://www.myspace.com/levingtiemecercle
http://www.syrinx-aeon.com/



Album available directly from the band (in France) and in the USA from the "usual" online vendors (Laser's Edge, Syn Phonic, Wayside, Larson, Kinesis et al.).





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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 23 2009 at 16:03
Bump.

Surely there are people here who are fans of the band Smile

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 24 2009 at 10:03
Originally posted by avestin avestin wrote:

Bump.

Surely there are people here who are fans of the band Smile



I guess not.

Beautiful album, highly recommended!!!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2009 at 11:21
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 25 2009 at 11:50
I own the first album which is really great!! Complex and beautiful music!!
My music is here and my blog is here
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2009 at 07:27
Originally posted by Anaon Anaon wrote:

I own the first album which is really great!! Complex and beautiful music!!


Indeed. Smile
You're going to love their new one then as well!


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2009 at 09:46
Up!

Check this band out, people!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 26 2009 at 22:04
Have two Nil albums.  I'll look into Syrinx.
Biggles was in rehab last Saturday
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 27 2009 at 06:39
Originally posted by johnobvious johnobvious wrote:

Have two Nil albums.  I'll look into Syrinx.


The two last Nil albums?

You'll probably love Syrinx as well if you do Nil.

Also check out the third related band, Thork, though quite different from these two; more electrifed, richer & a somewhat more bombast sound, a bit experimental, beautiful vocalizations, dark, and for some reason tagged under Folk here in PA which doesn't really represent their sound.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 27 2009 at 09:30
Yes, the last two.  Are they done being a going concern?  The last Nil album came out in 2005.

Nil is a bit of a harrowing listen.  I really enjoy them but after hearing an album, I always feel like I did not give it enough attention to appreciate the depth of it all.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 28 2009 at 12:48
Originally posted by johnobvious johnobvious wrote:

Yes, the last two.  Are they done being a going concern?  The last Nil album came out in 2005.


On hiatus for now if I remember correctly what Samuel Maurin said.

Originally posted by johnobvious johnobvious wrote:

Nil is a bit of a harrowing listen.  I really enjoy them but after hearing an album, I always feel like I did not give it enough attention to appreciate the depth of it all.

I know what you mean, but I personally think it pays off when putting all the attention to it while listening, even though it's quite long.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 28 2009 at 12:53
Excellent! Great music to turn off the lights and chill out. Clap I might even buy this.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 01 2009 at 06:52
I was so impressed I've ordered both cd's from the band website. Thumbs Up You can save 6 euros ordering them both together.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 07 2009 at 17:46
Been listening to both albums since they arrived yesterday. Clap What an exciting and dynamic blend of Jazz and Prog.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 06 2009 at 17:40
Paul's review of Qualia


Qualia
Syrinx Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Nightfly
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5 stars Qualia is the second album from French band Syrinx. Itís a truly beautiful and complex album, the kind that demands your attention and demands you to just sit back and listen to their compelling mix of Jazz and Prog.

All four compositions are instrumental and it doesnít get any better than the almost twenty minute opener Liber Nonacris. The band play brilliantly, Benjamin Croizyís keyboards used much of the time (though he has his moments in the limelight) to provide sweeping backdrops for Samuel Maurinís fluent, liquid bass playing and Philippe Maulletís dynamic drumming. The lead is taken in the main by David Maurinís busy acoustic guitar playing; yes no electric guitar here. He really is a fantastic player. The album alternates between sublime beauty and moments of musical tension and explosive power to make for an overall captivating sound. The production is excellent with lots of space in the mix, each player having ample opportunity to shine.

I havenít discussed individual tracks as this is an album to listen and to take in as whole and some of the best instrumental music I have heard in years. The only question is whether itís better than their 2003 debut, Reification. Buy them both and make up your own mind. Brilliant stuff, nothing less than 5 stars will do!

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