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3 stars Quirky and inventive, but a bit cold.

Miriodor are currently from Montreal (Canada), and perform a quirky and complex form of instrumental music. Despite their beginnings and the label attached to them here, I actually think they belong more in the 'eclectic' category than RIO or avant. While they occasionally use atonality and avant styles, their music more often involves complex lines and runs over top of fairly consistent and even normal drum beats (much more like an instrumental Gentle Giant than, say, Henry Cow). Cobra Fakir from 2013 is their second-most recent album. Not as good as the predecessor (Avanti), but better than their most recent album (Signal 9), it is a mixed bag, but contains some great music. My favourites are the title track ('Cobra Fakir'), 'Titan' (the most RIO/avant track here), and 'Speed Dating sur Mars' (the latter has a definite GG feel to it). If only the whole album had been this musical. None of the tracks here are off-putting, mind you, but many of the remaining tracks are not overly musical either. In general, the first half of the album is better than the second half, and some might find it a bit tiring to listen to all the way through. The one thing I would like to see more in Miriodor are solos - they really like to practice the tough coordinated or counter-point lines, but they don't really like to solo. There are only a few solos here, mostly short electric guitar solos. They could also explore more their jazzy-side - much of this music would lend itself well to jazz fusion, but the band seems intent on steering their music away from jazz. This is fine, but it means the music ends up feeling a bit cold. Solos would warm it up, add some soul. So, one the whole, some difficult complex quirky music - worth checking out - but could have been even better. I give this album 7.3 out of 10 on my 10-point scale, which translates to 3 PA stars.

Walkscore | 3/5 |


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