Sunday 18 October 2020

Univers Zero - Rhythmix (2002)

The seventh album from this band from Belgium.

The band was a quartet with a lineup of percussion, marimba, bass, drums, keyboards, glockenspiel, harmonium, oboe, English horn, bassoon and vocals.

The band had help from some guest musicians who provided cello, piccolo, trumpet, bass clarinet, acoustic guitars and accordion.

The band has a long history and they released their debut album 25 years before the release of this album. Their output has been sporadic to say at least.

Rhythmix sees the band goes a bit lighter and more melody based than before. 

The music is very far from being commercial and easy listening. This is indeed still avant-garde and is nowhere near being classed as rock or pop. Not even progressive rock or jazz.

Avant-garde chamber music, it is.

The music use a lot of shade and light. More light than shade, it has to be said. 

These fifty-two minutes is never dull though and that makes this a good album. Even for those of us who are not entirely into their world. 

Check out this album.

3 points

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