Sunday 6 September 2020

Univers Zero - Heatwave (1986)

The fifth album from this band from Belgium.

The band was a seven piece big band with a lineup of drums, percussion, viola, violin, basses, saxophones, clarinets, piano, synths and guitars.

The band has gone from strength to strength since their debut album.

They are regarded as one of they original RIO - Rock In Opposition bands and their music is really avant-garde music.

I almost said avant-garde rock there. But the band's music is more classical music and cinematic music.

Heatwave sees the band move more towards rock and cinematic music again. A development started on their previous album.

The music on Heatwave is really dark and brooding. It is also doom and gloom.

There is more synths on this album than on their previous four albums and that creates some of the more cinematic sound. The acoustic instruments, like the woodwinds, is still the most dominating instruments in their sound.

The four pieces of music, altogether forty-two minutes of music, is very good and gives a lot of food for thought.

This is another thought provoking album from this band and a very good one.

3.5 points

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