Saturday 18 November 2017
Kapela La Chatelier - De Profundis (1995)
The debut album from this Slovenian band.
Kapela La Chatelier was a quartet on this album with a lineup of trombone, flute, guitars, bass, drums, saxophones, accordion, synths and some vocals.
I first thought this was a French band when I got their second album. Then I discovered it is a band from Slovenia and then got this album. Those are the only two albums they have released. A review of their second album is also coming up next week/can be found somewhere else in this blog.
The band is labeled as an avant-garde/RIO band in ProgArchives and all other places. I would also give them that label.
Their music is a weird mix of jazz, avant-garde in the vein of Stormy Six and Balkan jazz, rock and pop.
That is an eclectic mix and this seventy minutes long album is never going to be loved by those who love easy listening music. These seventy minutes are indeed challenging. But these minutes are still pretty melodic although slightly staccato too.
The music is driven forward by accordions, woodwinds and some distorted guitars. And then you get some vocals too on the top of that.
The result is an album with it's good and decent sides. It is not quite a good album but it is not a bad one either. Fans of avant-garde music should check out this album.