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LAZULI

Eclectic Prog • France


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Founded in Southern France in 1998

LAZULI are a French rock ensemble, currently recognized as an arousing, enchanting and vigorous prog rock value. Formed in 1998, their musical debut was tough and unoriginal, but in the next years, revealing a promising number of shows and a music undergoing a quality transition, they earned the appreciation those bands capable of making unusual, very pleasant or promptly fresh music usually receive. Their best release so far, On Avant Doute, is a fantastic record for some, while, generally, its critic and feedback is positive.

Except guitarist Marc Almeras, who departed right between LAZULI's most significant albums, the band members stayed bonded throughout all the years: Yohan Simeon and Frederik Juan (playing stand-up drumkit/percussions, respectively assorted percussion, marimba or vibraphone) enforce a good taste and vigor for drumming, Sylvan Bayol plays the Chapman Stick (reminding of no one else than Tony Levin) and, as of late, improvises on War Guitar too, Dominic Leonetti is the vocalist and the lyricist (playing acoustic guitars in between), while Claude Leonetti plays "La Léode", an over-exciting midi-electronic plug-guitar instrument, providing something from LAZULI's unique or unusual sound, despite that it works pretty much on distorted, synth guitar sounds (or does even more, by sopping the rock into a mature, and laudable, eclectic tone).

LAZULI's concerts have an unexpected quality, most of their musical shows being appreciated or even well-awaited. Except a 1999 notable concert, held at FIMU in Belfort, most of the band's important concerts were held in these recent years. In July 2005, their attendancy at the Montreux Jazz Festival earned them acclaim, plus an award for "Under The Sky". In 2006, they were present at the Baja Prog Festival or the German festivals Colos-Saal, KOMMZ-Festival. Invited by Ange, LAZULI played a full concert at Bergerac, in France. In 2007, they've repeated some of the German stage previous performances, while every new programmed event is spot on interesting.

In their music, LAZULI do a relaxed blend of prog rock (classic, retro and modern spots altogether, but mostly the last two), instrumental songs and alternative/warm world music - the edge between pop and rock being, mostly, a good one. Numb folk, heavy beats or rich samples are fairly used. Their artistic top quality is not so much the high-striking, elaborate or attractive tones ...
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2.86 | 39 ratings
Amnésie
2004
3.90 | 100 ratings
En Avant Doute...
2006
3.69 | 57 ratings
Réponse Incongrue À L'Inéluctable
2009
3.76 | 97 ratings
(4603 Battements)
2011
3.84 | 76 ratings
Tant Que L'Herbe Est Grasse
2014
3.81 | 47 ratings
Nos Âmes Saoules
2016
3.95 | 69 ratings
Saison 8
2018

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4.20 | 11 ratings
Six Frenchmen In Amsterdam - Live At Paradiso
2010

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 Saison 8 by LAZULI album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.95 | 69 ratings

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Saison 8
Lazuli Eclectic Prog

Review by Booba Kastorsky

5 stars Two previous reviewers did a great job to describe what this album is, and I agree with their assessment. It was my first introduction to Lazuli, and I have to say I loved them immediately! And I still play them ones in a while, and they are not getting boring. Yet, at least! :) They don't play quirky, intricate music with tricky time signatures or epic-scale compositions. But they have a lot of strengths! Firstly, they are excellent songwriters: they songs are inventive, melodic, infections and very well constructed and arranged, and they last exactly as long as they should. No wanking there, guys! :) Their lyrics are also pretty good, at least to my limited French :) Secondly, their vocalist has an excellent voice that he uses masterfully. Thirdly, this is rare noways, but this album doesn't not have any fillers, unlike the most modern prog albums that lasts 60-70 minutes! It plays for 43:01, excellent length, quality over quantity. I'm giving it 5 stars even though this is not a "prog masterpiece". But it is sure a great piece of modern prog-related rock music that I love more than many overhyped "heavyweights".
 Saison 8 by LAZULI album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.95 | 69 ratings

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Saison 8
Lazuli Eclectic Prog

Review by Antonis Kalamoutsos

4 stars It has been some years now that I desire to dive in to Lazuli' s material and I finally managed to get synchronised with them only with their 8th album, aptly titled Saison 8. And while some elements were instantly understood from the first listen, some stylistic issues gave me a hard time, to be honest.

I find it very hard to believe that any experienced listener, no matter personal tastes and preferences, would disagree that Lazuli deliver music of the utmost quality. All technical aspects of their work is really close to excellence. More specifically, their personal sound is unique (with the custom-made stringed instrument called "Leode" playing in important role in this), they deliver flawless production and extraordinary instrumentation/arrangements, revealing musicians with the highest levels of perfectionism and advanced "quality control" mechanisms. Furthermore, the musicianship is equally admirable, with none of the 5 members never playing not even an unnecessary or not ideally expressed note. Finally, their songwriting skills demonstrate players/composers of the ultimate artistic confidence and knowledge. All 8 compositions stand in the exact same level and Saison 8 is truly one of the most balanced and controlled albums you can listen to, really.

Now that we got some things straight, it's fair to say that I can imagine two potential contrasted ways to view Lazuli' s music, especially in the way the music actually feels. One view could be that, besides the excellence described above, their style feels quite "safe" and radio friendly. That their undoubtedly beautiful melodic songs balance somewhere between sophisticated pop and rock music, without really being progressive or innovative, that there are no risks taken and nothing to really challenge the prog enthusiast. It's true that there is nothing technical or complex here and that Saison 8 feels more with that beloved old companion with whom you can share deep feelings of tenderness rather than passionate, adventurous love.

On the other hand, one may say that Lazuli capture many of the fundamental essences of prog music, after complexity and technicality is removed. The prog vibes are ever-present, the beautiful harmonies, the bittersweet notes, the uplifting or delicate atmospheres that define the cream of the prog style. It's all here, trapped within the notes. And while the sound is familiar, in the end Lazuli resemble nothing particularly. Even in moments when you can vaguely connect them with post-2000 prog rock bands like Porcupine Tree and the likes, or when you recognise folk, jazz or world music elements here and there, they remain intact and untouched, safe within their prog minimalism.

I traveled a lot between these two different opinions, between 3 and 4 stars, only to end up giving them 4 stars with all my heart and the reason is the songs. Those beautifully crafted 8 songs that may not have the power to change or shape me differently as a person but generously offer their "easy" but still intellectual delights, in a way that only a virtuous band can. And while I find it easier to get bonded with the slightly darker moments ("Un Linceul de Brume", "Les Cotes"), nothing stands out really. And you don't need to understand the French language in order to realise that this whole construction can't escape a remarkable level of poeticness. There are no Babel towers in art, anyway!

Saison 8 by Lazuli don't reserve the qualities of a wild, passionate lover but those of a good and trustworthy friend. I can strongly recommend this album to anyone that is after these values. As for me, I really enjoyed the album and the constant trip between its imaginary oppositional aspects!

 Amnésie by LAZULI album cover Studio Album, 2004
2.86 | 39 ratings

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Amnésie
Lazuli Eclectic Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

2 stars Debut album from one of the most interesting prog band from France!

And here can we hear the trademark sound of the band with the use of La L'ode (an instrument created expressly by Claude Leonetti), the great vocals from Dominique, use of marimba, tons of folk influences and darker passages, with even cabaret influences.

But the problem is the very irregular songwriting, which makes that the album has a pair of good tracks with lots of forgettable ones. The band has all the elements here, but they did not know how to mix them yet.

Best Tracks: Une Ombre Au Tableau (fine opener), Un Hiver (beautiful vocals here) and Merci (a song which displays the capabilities of the band to create great folk and Arabic sounding melodies)

Conclusion: an irregular yet interesting album, Amn'sie shows the great potential of a band which would make very good record in successive years. They just needed to concrete their ideas and style, and improve the songwriting. Luckily, they learned how to do that in their next record.

Definitely, not the best place to start for newcomers, because this album gives a wrong impression from this otherwise fantastic band... For fans only!

My rating: **

 Saison 8 by LAZULI album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.95 | 69 ratings

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Saison 8
Lazuli Eclectic Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

4 stars After enjoying their performance live recently on Midsummer Prog Festival 2018 and having only listened their first album before (and not enjoying it very much), I decided to go through the last record of the band!

And I have to say the very positive impression that these songs gave me when I listened live are more or less the same than in this album. Their music is not really progressive, groundbreaking or original, but the overall quality of the record is just excellent, both in terms of production and compositions.

The album starts with J'attends un Printemps is a very beatiful and delicate way, with fine keyboards and vocals, accompanied by soften guitars, but soon the power of the whole band explodes in 02:57 sounding just great and very cohesive, making a crescendo which is a trademark of the band.

Un Linceul de Brume is even better, with a great beginning with echoed guitars and the great voice of Dominique Leonetti, who shows his qualities as a great Singer. The final part of the song is an apotheosis of leòde, distortions and a brutal double pedal on drums. Mes Amis, Mes Frères is rockier, even with some Hammond organ in the verses and a great guitar solo. Not so good as the two previous tracks, but good for being played live.

Les Côtes es a very surprising change of directions, with a very cool beginning which sounds like a strange carnival music, dark and atmospheric. And even the predictable crescendo maintains catches the listener's attention! Just like Chronique Canine, another dark tune which follows the path of the previous one but in a more rhythmic and guitar-oriented way and with another great use of the leòde, an instrument which gives this band an special and very welcomed personality.

Mes Semblables retrieve the rock mood of the third track, but with an oriental influence in the verses and a good instrumental bridge. De Deus Choses Lune is another hit of the album with powerful percussions on the verses, fine vocals (again) and tons of dramatism. And the leòde steals the show again!

The album ends with the excellent Les 4 Mortes Saisons, a sweeping acoustic song which is almost perfect in its minimalism.

Conclusion: if you are searching for intricated prog passages or tons of complexity you are on the wrong track, because Lazuli are some kind of world music rock band with some touches progressive elements. But the quality of their music is undeniable, just like their very strong and catchy live performances.

They are not the most original sounding band and they abuse of crescendos in their songs, but the incredible and unique use of the self-invented instrument leóde and the quality of the production, the vocalist and the rest of the band, make the listening of this album a real pleasure.

Excellent work! I'm eager to hear more albums of this band.

Best songs: Saison 8 has not a single bad or mediocre song, but J'attends un Printemps, Un Linceul de Brume, Les Côtes, De deux Choses Lune and Les 4 Mortes Saisons are the best.

My rating: ****

 Réponse Incongrue À L'Inéluctable by LAZULI album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.69 | 57 ratings

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Réponse Incongrue À L'Inéluctable
Lazuli Eclectic Prog

Review by justaguy

3 stars Lazuli makes music that flies, like a beautiful big bird, soaring in the air, many coloured wings spread, like a rainbow. It is one of the greatest progressive rock groups of this millennium, with their very unique sound, defined not in the last place by the use of Leode (self invented synthesizer-guitar) and more known but still not very often played Warr guitar. Add to this mix marimba and vibraphone and of course all the necessary guitars and drums to make the picture complete. Their composing is strong and dense, and the tunes are unforgettable. It is nice to see that the guys become still more famous in Europe and America last years. They started to travel a lot outside France and take part in many progressive rock festivals, like Symforce in Holland, Rites of Spring in States, Night of the Prog and Zappanale in Germany.

The latest effort of the band, "Réponse incongrue à l'inéluctable" issued in 2009 is, just like the predecessor from 2007 "En Avant Doute?", a masterpiece. It is again, one piece of beautiful music, there's no one composition or a part of it that could be left out. It is one of those records, which you listen in one breath. And then you think: is it already over? Give me more of that stuff! Quite addictive.

Among the high points I would like to mention the second number, "On nous comme on respire". Lazuli already played this one a year ago, on their show in Spirit of 66 in Verviers, Belgium in September 2008. I was lucky to be there and was very impressed by the song. At home, it sounds great as well. It has an Arabian twist and a children's choir in it, and quite intriguing intermezzo, where even the voices of contemporary politicians talking about environment (guess who?) don't bother the listener and actually don't spoil the number. It should be said, that even missing the meanings of the French lyrics, I love the record, just for it's grand music. Or is it just the opposite: because I don't understand the lyrics? May be, it's too political? or naïve? Well, it is for the French-speaking progheads among us to find out.

Number 3, "La vie par la face nord" has a bluesy, tragic singing of the vocalist and front man Dominique Leonetti. It is wonderfully filled in by xylophone and guitar, both instruments carrying the song, and the Leode solo that kicks in and brings the song to the higher highs towards the ending.

The other special song I would like to mention here is "La belle noirceur ? epilogue". It has a mother of all electric guitar solo's in it, played by Claude Leonetti on Leode. This is a kind of a solo that sounds just like a revelation. It's like some of historical Fripp's work, haunting and flying. You understand listening such a solo: there is no other way to play it here: everything is as right as it could get. It is beautiful in it's weird perfection, or, if you prefer, it's perfect weirdness. I would even dare to say: only this solo is enough motivation to buy the album.

My impression is, that on this album, comparing to the predecessors, there's less of Leode and more of electrical guitar in the arrangements, which I personally regret. Electric guitar, played by Gédéric Byar, sounds also great of course, and Byar produces some fantastic solo's as well. But Leode, it is Lazuli's hallmark, and my personal opinion is, that there should be much more of it.

"Réponse incongrue à l'inéluctable" is a beautiful example of how a progressive rock should be: original, daring, raw and at the same time nicely polished. Lazuliennes treat us once again on a piece of tasty and spiced up music, that is almost impossible to compare with anybody else's. It is still 9 of 10, and after all said, it's tricky to explain, why not all 10 of them. May be, it's only my too high expectations from Lazuli, after the former two albums. I guess, the progressive rocker should not stay on one place, he or she should progress, explore new territories, fly further on.

 Tant Que L'Herbe Est Grasse by LAZULI album cover Studio Album, 2014
3.84 | 76 ratings

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Tant Que L'Herbe Est Grasse
Lazuli Eclectic Prog

Review by DrömmarenAdrian

4 stars With a lantern I am searching for new fine prog rock and in France i found this "Lazuli" record. With a cover formed like an old photograph of a gentleman but with a cow skeleton head it faces me. It is a special cover even if I don't like it very much.

The band "Lazuli" is French and they have released five records since 2004, in ten years. "Tant que L'Herbe est grasse" from 2014 is their fifth one. I liked the French Nemo's record from last year and this one is a bit similar. The line up on the record is Claude Leonetti on léode and choirs, Gédéric Byar on guitar, Dominique Leonetti on vocal, guitar and mandolin, Romain Thorel on keyboards, french horn and choirs and Vincent Barnavol on drums and percussion.

I feel that this band is their best moments here could give us very emotional and living music that is so special you are happy to hear it. The powerful ending of the record for example "Les Courants Ascendants"(8/10) is a grandiose song and "L'Essence des Odyssées" is a great example of the bands instrumentation and the beautiful melody they bring us(8/10). The two first songs "Déraille" and "Une Pente qu'on Dévale"(8/10) are symphonic and very special. Thery are mixing fine and specific atmospheres with more powerful rock.

One great ingredient is Dominique Leonetti's light and strong vocals that in the first place could be a bit annoying but after hearing it a while it's absolutely impressing. The record as a whole is a fine experience. The former Marillion singer "Fish" contributes with English vocals on "Jái Trové ta Faille" and the result of this both English and French song is interesting. Thus should this record be heard also by Fish's fans. I hope people will hear this and make their own judgements. I'll rate this to four stars, it would have been seven on a ten number scale.

 (4603 Battements) by LAZULI album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.76 | 97 ratings

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(4603 Battements)
Lazuli Eclectic Prog

Review by The Jester

3 stars Review #8 Lazuli is a French band that was formed in 1998, and they have released 5 albums so far, with "4603 Battements" being their latest endeavor. The band's current line-up is: Dominique Leonetti - Vocals, guitar, mandolin/ Gédéric Byar ? Guitar / Romain Thorel - Keyboards, French horn / Vincent Barnavol - Drums, percussions, marimba and Claude Leonetti - Léode.

Initially, I'd like to say that they use "Leode" in their music! For those who might wonder what "Leode" is; it is pretty much a unique mid-electronic plug guitar instrument that comes with a unique sound. This instrument is used most of the times with distortion, and gives the band a very unique and personal sound. Another fact that gives Lazuli a unique sound is the use of French language in their songs. Well, there is a possibility that some people may find it not to their liking, but I believe that in Lazuli's case the French language matches their sound perfectly.

The album is a great combination of loud electric guitars mixed with more acoustic sounds, but also many melodic and darker parts. I mentioned it before, but I have to relate to 'Leode' once more. This bizarre instrument gives so unique a style to their sound which is very difficult for me to explain here. If you have never listened to it before you can't simply understand what I'm talking about. That's why my best advice could be to check this album. But not only for 'Leode'. Mostly because it is a really good work, with great production, interesting compositions, and, in a nutshell, it is a record that you should listen to, if not buy.

The best moment which catches your attention right away, is the song "Je Te Laisse Ce Monde" which is my most favorite by far. But above that, there are many other worthy songs here. For example, the more intimate 'Le Miroir aux Alouettes', the beautiful 'Les Malveillants', or the more trippy 'Saleté de Nuit'.

Of course this is just my personal opinion, other people might feel differently about the songs which are included in this album.

Speaking objectively, "4603 Battements" is surely a very solid and a very intriguing record, which I recommend not only to Progressive Rock fans, but also to eclectic listeners who wish to discover and enjoy unique bands like LAZULI. 3 stars from me

 En Avant Doute... by LAZULI album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.90 | 100 ratings

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En Avant Doute...
Lazuli Eclectic Prog

Review by justaguy

3 stars Lazuli is one of the greatest musical discoveries I have made these years. I was completely blown away by performance of this French group during Symforce festival in Tilburg in 2007. I have never heard something like that. The group has such an absolutely unique sound, such a drive. They don't merely play music. They fly, and take the audience along, to the far away and unimaginable heights.

They use no synthesizers, but still, the music sounds very modern. Their specific sound is defined by the omnipresent vibraphone and marimba played by Frédéric Juan, polyphonic Warr guitar of Sylvain Bayol and the high pitched vocals of Dominique Leonetti. But above all soar the unpredictable and beautifully outrageous improvisations of Claude Leonetti on Leode. This Leode deserves a few more words here. It is a strange self invented musical instrument, a hybrid of electric guitar and sequencer. It looks a little like Chapman stick, but is played by gliding the fingers along the fingerboard. Like SynthAxe, it is hooked to a midi controller and can actually produce a very large variety of sounds, including saw, violin, plush bear and of course - electric guitar.

Dominique Leonetti has told me the creation story of Leode after the concert during Symforce - of course, I couldn't suppress the urge directly to know all about them, then and there. By the way, you will also find this story ? as a short film - on the bonus DVD. After a motorbike accident a while ago, in the 80-s, the left hand of Dominique's brother and guitar player Claude Leonetti became partly disabled. So he couldn't play guitar any more. One day - or one night, according to the story on the DVD - Claude imagined a new sort guitar. A synthesized instrument that you can play with only one hand. It came to an actual creation of the instrument only 10 years later. Until now, Claude is the only player of Leode in the world.

"en avant doute?" is Lazuli's second record, after the very strong debut "Amnesie". It comes together with a bonus DVD with a live show and some extra's. Both CD and DVD contain beautiful music. The CD might seem a little short with it's 41 minutes of music. But the sheer strength and intensity of the music makes up a lot. It stands, like a musical monolith. I will place only one critical note: all songs are composed in a little similar way and don't provide quite enough diversity. One can say, it is their style, love it or leave it. But for me, it's still a reason not to give them 10 out of 10.

 (4603 Battements) by LAZULI album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.76 | 97 ratings

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(4603 Battements)
Lazuli Eclectic Prog

Review by Conor Fynes
Prog Reviewer

4 stars '(4603 Battements)' - Lazuli (7/10)

This year, France seems to be a hotbed of prog rock output. With French band Nemo sparking my interest with their latest album 'Revolucion', it is a joy to see another band from the land of cheese and revolution reaching my ears. Lazuli is a band that fits firmly into the sounds of modern prog; a band who is eager to venture forth with sounds, painting more modern sounds of music witht eh same passion and fire that the prog legends once did. '(4603 Battements)' is not the first album that the band has done, but alas, it is my first experience with the band, and- to start things off- I have been greatly impressed with the sound they have here. Although bearing a resemblance to the brooding atmospheres and songwriting of other, compatriotic acts, Lazuli carves out an interesting sound with this record. What we have here is an great piece of modern prog.

A broad comparison I could make for this band's sound would be Porcupine Tree and especially Radiohead. The largest difference between those acts and this album would likely be the fact that here, the lyrics are sung in French. It is not very common past the borders of Italy for a prog album to be sung in a language that is not English, so it is a nice change of pace to hear a different language being sung, even if I can only partially understand what is being sung. The vocals of Dominique Leonetti are very strong and richly accented, and while many English listeners may be hard pressed to enjoy his performance on a narrative level, his voice has got a great range to it, and works very well with the nuances of the French language. This album has a very modern sound for prog, meaning that I am sure I could show this music to an everyday listener and they would not see this as dated in any way; while there are tinges of psychedelia and vintage symphonic rock here, much of this is taken more as a root of influence, rather than the sound itself. Take the vaudevillian rocker 'Dans le formol au muséum' for example; a piece that screams the bombast of experimental Beatles albums, and the adventurous arrangements of King Crimson. when the sound emerges finally however, it comes out as something a little different than the music it draws upon.

The mood of the album is generally dark, and while the very dramatic way that Lazuli brings about this sound is executed very well, its not entirely effective the whole way through, and I cannot say I feel the music frrom start to finish. The two modes of music I am sensing on '(4603 Battements)' are mysterious mellow atmosphere, and theatrical symphonic rock. As far as the former goes, it is dominated by Leonetti's voice, where he gives his best performances on the album. For the harder rocking sections, the instruments take more of a precedent, especially when it comes to the intriguing synth and string patterns that add depth to the band's sound. While I would not necessarily call this pop music, there does seem to be an effort here to take some greatly ambitious and theatrical deliveries and condense them into something a little more bite-sized, although the entire album (including the mellow segments) has a larger-than-life feel to it. No song here particularly stands out to give the album that classic potential, but it flows decently enough, bookended by two short instrumentals; although it could have flowed a little better, there has been visible effort here to give the album a feeling of completion.

The music here will be quick to please the eager listeners of modern prog, and while I can't call '(4603 Battements)' a truly excellent album, it is a very good album that at times hints at a possible masterpiece in the woodwork. I did find my experience with the music waned a little when the dark, brooding nature of the music finally worn thin and broke, although it is a very consistent journey. A very good album for fans of Radiohead and the darker side of Porcupine Tree.

 (4603 Battements) by LAZULI album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.76 | 97 ratings

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(4603 Battements)
Lazuli Eclectic Prog

Review by lukretio

3 stars Dark, melodic, modern and original - great music from France

(4603 BATTEMENTS) is the 5th album from excellent French outfit Lazuli. The band is currently composed of Dominique Leonetti (vocals, guitar), Claude Leonetti (léode - an instrument designed by Leonetti himself and described on the band's website as an "improbable mix of a guitar, a synthesizer and a melodic saw"), Gederic Byar (guitar) and new members Romain Thorel (keyboards) and Vincent Barnavol (drums).

The album contains a convincing mix of acoustic and electric rock, with a decided predilection for melody and atmosphere over complexity and technicism. The clever combination of samples and synths with a more traditional use of acoustic guitars and orchestration makes the music sound fresh and modern while remaining within the boundaries of melodic rock tradition. Claude's use of the léode greatly contributes to create a unique sound for the band, which makes Lazuli stand out relative to other outfits proposing a similar blend of eclectic prog rock (indeed it was an airplay of the song "Je Te Laisse Ce Monde" with its fantastic léode solo that first caught my attention and encouraged me to find out more about this band). It is exactly the screaming sound of the léode, as well as the use of a brooding guitar sound and heartfelt vocals, that manage to infuse all songs with a melancholic but sinister atmosphere which brings to mind the latest Porcupine Tree or Norwegian electro-dark band Manes (although they do sound quite different from both bands). Some listeners might be put off by the fact that the lyrics are in French. In my opinion the use of French also contributes to the distinctiveness of the sound offered by the band. Moreover, the music alone is more than successful in conveying the moods and atmosphere.

Personal highlights of the album are the aforementioned Je Te Laisse Ce Monde, the more intimate Le Miroir aux Alouettes, the fantastic Les Malveillants with its catchy chorus, and the trippy Saleté de Nuit (great vocal performance by Dominique Leonetti here). But all songs on the album are consistently good, and the album as a whole is a very mature effort.

Highly recommended!

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