Thursday, 2 April 2020

Gens De La Lune - Épitaphe (2014)

The third album from this French band.

The band is a quintet with a lineup of bass, keyboards, drums, guitars and vocals.

Once upon a time in France, there was two brothers called Christian Decamps and Francis Decamps. These two brothers started the brilliant French symphonic prog band Ange before Francis Decamps went his own way as a solo artist... and later, as the founder of Gens De La Lune.

Gens De La Lune has released three albums. I really liked their first two albums and was really looking forward to reviewing this album.

This is a double CD album, no less. It is concept album too. It is about the Leon Deubel, a French poet who lived among us between 1879 and 1913. And that is all I know as the lyrics and vocals are in French.

This album and Gens De La Lune gives us a slightly more classical theatrical music orientated form of symphonic prog than Ange did. Not as in ELP form of cascading keyboards, but much more in pastoral classical music. Theatrical classical music in other words.

The music is indeed pastoral on this album. There are also some more epic stuff and some avant-garde intermezzos. Not to mention, the spoken words pieces.

I do not speak a word of French. Nevertheless, I find this a fascinating piece of music. Every song flows effortless into the next song. This is indeed a proper concept album and a great one too.

Check out this great album and everything you can find of this band. It is a truly great French band.

4 points

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