Wednesday 12 February 2020

Etron Fou Leloublan - Les Sillons De La Terre (1984)

The fourth album from this French band.

The band is a quartet with a line up of organ, tenor sax, drums, bass, baryton sax, alto sax and vocals.

This band is a founding member of the RIO scene. Rock In Opposition as it is called.

This also means avant-garde rock as it's most avant-garde. On the most avant-garde end of this genre, you find the albums (and concerts) from this band.

They are so much avant-garde that I got a very healthy respect for them. This review is therefore well over due. Ditto for my review of their fifth and final album which will come later this month.

Their music is based on the saxophones and the vocals. The music is a kind of avant-garde folk rock.

The music is pretty wild and very original. As I do not speak French, I feel that I am loosing out on the vocals and the excited shouting here.

The melodies, and yes, there are melodies here, is pretty good though and the music has some good details.

I totally get it that this band is popular among the avant-garde/RIO fans. This album is a bit on the incoherent side and not all of these forty minutes are good.

Nevertheless, this is a good album. It is an album prog fans should hear alongside their four other albums. This band is well worth an investigation.

3 points

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