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APHÉLANDRA

Aphélandra

 

Symphonic Prog

3.35 | 29 ratings

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toroddfuglesteg
3 stars I honestly do not know what to make out of this.

This album was recorded in the 1970s and then stored in a loft for twenty-five years before it thankfully was released. Aphélandra was a French band with a quite typical French sound. That means pretty off-beat music based in theatrical symphonic prog and avant- garde music. That Cyrille Verdeaux is guest on this album does not comes as a surprise. This album is not a million miles away from his other projects. The eighteen minutes opening song is a prime example of this.

This album is also pretty much influenced by jazz too. It has a rampant jazzy violin running through it. The keyboards and various woodwind instruments are also pretty much present here. The tempo varies from slow to mid-tempo. The music is pretty relaxed throughout.

My main gripe with this album is that pieces of immense beauty is wasted time and time over again. Yes, this album sound half-baked and half finished. That is my main gripe here. I wish the band was still present because they were onto something on this album. But it feels like it is not the finished article and that is why I am only rewarding it 3 stars. But check it out if French symphonic prog is your cup of tea.

3 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 3/5 |

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