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L'HEPTADE

Harmonium

 

Symphonic Prog

4.10 | 312 ratings

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AngleofRepose
5 stars This is a special album. It is enchanting. Harmonium set out to elicit a sentiment of wonder and tranquil awe; they succeeded. Some of the softest and most beautiful melodies I can call to memory are present on this album. I whole- heatedly recommend this album for those who appreciate the pastoral and mesmerizing tones that can leave a listener in reverie.

The narrative of the album is also worth mentioning. It tells the transition of the protagonist who goes through stages during his life. Heptade is a reference to a period of time that is based on the number seven. The first track discusses the folly of the main character, Comme un Fou, or like a fool. He progresses to a stage of wisdom in Comme Un Sage, which is easy to translate. Unfortunately I do no speak French, but the styles of the song lend themselves to being able to hear transitions as they occur.

I'm a little surprised this album isn't discussed more. I enjoyed it the second or third time I heard it and began to appreciate it more and more as I listened to it more. I think its quality might be refreshing to many progressive rock fans who have been unable to find a band they enjoy as much as those which originally got them into the genre. Oh, and as a note, it's an album that is pretty enough that folks without a trained ear for progressive rock can enjoy. The melodies are agreeable at times and the tones soft enough to not turn people off to other styles of prog that can some people find abrasive.

AngleofRepose | 5/5 |

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