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4.11 | 145 ratings

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5 stars For those who want a challenge.

Maneige (french pun for 'My Snow' but also 'Roundabout') is an almost experimental music specialist in the prog world. They were (and still are compared to 90% of today's bands) way ahead of their time with songs that are more fit for a documentary about insects and critters.When the piano is melodic, it's pure bliss, an absolute match in heaven of flute, saxomofone, bass and inventive percussion.

Maneige is a very graphic band in a musical way: they name their songs like 'Le Rafiot' which is french for a very old and clunky boat. Well the atmosphere they create is so close to being on an actual boat it's uncanny, you could use that soundtrack to a movie anytime. My hit parade of capable musicians had Gentle Giant, Anglagard, Balletto di Bronzo, Yezda Urfa and Gryphon amongst, but these guys are above all that. This is art way, way, way above the latter names of my list.

Quebec's progressive rock is without a doubt ahead of it's time. Maneige's love for classical pieces is obvious, but also they possess the need to go further into a genre that flirts with chamber music, baroque, experimental and modern classical music. If you dig deeper into Quebec's repertoire, you'll find stuff that makes you realize how passionnate and intelligent musicians from this province are. Those guys are exceptionnally talented, and yet, their jobs were maybe to teach youngsters like me the passion for sounds and textures. It's a crime to let those albums rot on the shelf!

Absolute masterpiece of a sunny afternoon, a snowstorm and strong Quebec beer.

Menswear | 5/5 |


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