Thursday 5 July 2018

Alco Frisbass - Le Bateleur (2018)

The second album from this French band.

Alco Frisbass is a trio on this album with a lineup of synths, keyboards, bass, guitars, percussion, drums and programming.
Three other guest musicians, including Thierry Payssan from Minimum Vital, provides piano, cornet and guitars.

I reviewed their self-titled 2025 debut album back in June 2015 for # 1 of this blog. A very good album and you can read my review here

Alco Frisbass returns again with a new album and I am very pleased about that. They are now a trio. But that is mostly what has changed here.

We still get a very healthy mix of Canterbury prog, jazz, dark baroque symphonic prog and King Crimson like eclectic prog. There is even some hints of zeuhl and avant-garde here. Well, this album is pretty avant-garde.

It is also pretty playful where the band are in hot pursuit of the ideas and melody lines they comes up with here. And the result is some really memorable, eclectic stuff throughout this three quarters of an hour long album.

A very good album, it is indeed. This is what eclectic prog is and should be about. Check out this very good album.

3.5 points

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