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JUILLET 1977

Nuit Caline a la Villa mon Reve

 

Prog Folk

3.53 | 9 ratings

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Sean Trane
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Prog Folk
4 stars In some strange way, this album turns out be a first step leading to the formation of Julverne via the album Les Couloneux, which will become the first album of that formation. But with this album, we are musically far from the classical music of Julverne: what we have here is a delicate mix of jazz, folk and chanson française, giving plenty of instrumental space for everyone to expand and enjoy themselves. While not an absolute expert I believe this album was the first recording experience for many of the musicians in this line-up, Furnelle, both Ilona and Eric Chale, Narcisse et Gillis amongst others. Released on small label, Best Seller (those Belgians and their surrealism ;-) where Cos was also releasing their albums, you will also find Charles Loos which collaborated on both projects. Graced with a very sober artwork, most of the tracks are penned by guitarist Michel Moers and Jeannot Gillis on violin and wind instruments.

Starting with the typical "Podferdeke, Quell Drache!!" (Fùck, what a downpour) where jazz and folk are simply collaborating to make an exquisite delicate ambiance, interrupted by a short sung passage disturbing the song like a sudden thunderstorm. We find the same musical great climates on the shorter Chaleur D'Eté, with Furnelle showing (even strutting) his bass. The funky-folk-jazz Coeurs En Morceaux again plays in the Ponty realm. The lengthy 10-min+ Mardi 14h30 is a great fusion with Gillis's violin exploding in the first part before letting Moers and Narcisse (on vibes) into a dissonant duet and some segueing into a vastly different climate where the singing is approximate (even if Ilona Chale shows promises) at first , before going into a folk serenade often reminding some Québecois prog folk of that era.

The flipside starts on the lyrically despairing La Route where Gillis' trombone Moers' electric guitars dominate the great music while the singing the singing is reminiscent of later Pierre Rapsaet (ex Jenghis Khan and Lorelie) and a Quebecois way of singing like Serge Fiori (Harmonium). This first track is very much reminiscent of Quebecois group Brèche (even if this is prior to that group's sole album), in no small part due to the dominant trombone. One of the most important jazz organization is Belgium is called Les Lundis D' Hortense and the instrumental coming up next is a fitting track, being very close to some of Ponty's best works of the same era. La Princesse Est Salariée again reminds me of the Quebec Prog Folk of the era (even if the singing accent has nothing to do with Québec), but it is a vicious criticism of the modern day social organization. This same theme returns Sauve Qui Peut (where obviously the worker has as much interest in his job as you and I, violin and Rhodes dominating this track. Contravention borders on the dissonant jazz where Narcisse's vibes bring a bit of an escape along with the extremely fantasy lyrics, but the track ends up faster and more conventional than it started. The closing track relates the bordello to a jail, with Gillis's violin (again close to Ponty) creates a great ambiance, even if the track hesitates between jazz and folk, this time sounding like another Quebecois group, Conventum.

Gillis and Coulon will go on to form Julverne via their Couloneux album. In the meantime this is a rare (but not necessarily expensive) vinyl, that unfortunately will not likely to get a Cd reissue anytime soon. But I don't believe you should have that much trouble finding it should you be interested in investigating. Because it is definitely worth a listen.

Sean Trane | 4/5 |

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