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ENCORE + GRANDE

RIO/Avant-Prog • Multi-National


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Encore + Grande biography
Encore + Grande is a multinational avant-gardiste band (French and Dutch) consisting of Guigou Chenevier (Étron Fou Leloublan, Volapük, Guigou Chenevier & Les Figures), Guy Sapin, Han Buhrs (Nine Tobs) and Raymund Van Santen (Nine Tobs). Chenevier and Sapin had already worked together in Chenevier?s project with Sophie Jausserand, À l?abris des micro-climats. They also worked on Chenevier?s first solo album named Le diapason du Père Ubu.
Encore + Grande made only one album named Total Bliss. It was released in 1987. Everyone who loves Étron Fou Leloublan should also be appealed by their music. They have a lot of similarities musically but in Encore + Grande, the vocalist is not Chenevier but Han Buhrs. His voice is something of an acquired taste. Some would love it, and some will hate it too. Of course, if you have never heard avant-garde music, this could frighten you right away, but if you are a lover of experimentalism and RIO sound, this might just be a great band for you.

Biography written by Gabriel Rivest (Tsevir Leirbag)

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1987

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Encore + Grande RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Harold Needle

4 stars This is a very very strange album, even for avant-garde standards. It sounds like a mix between many forms of jazz, dark cabaret and Zappa-kind-of-music. Most of the compositions are rather short, but they sound quite similar to Henry Cow's works (especially "Western Culture" period) but with the addition of odd vocals.

The two main advantages of this album are the drummer and the vocalist. The drummer has a very good style, providing a lot of magnificent, extremely precise beats which can make your body shake and dance almost instantly. Regarding the vocalist, his style is quite... well, "eccentric" might be the best word for it? He puts a lot of emotions and plays with his voice to the point, in which you rather love it or hate it. The rest of the band is "just" good, the wind instruments and guitar mix together satisfyingly well.

Looking at the cover you can pretty much get the idea how this album sounds like. Definitely not a masterpiece, but still a great and original work, which a lot of avant-heads might find interesting. I rate this one 3,5 stars, rounded up to 4. If you like to explore unconventional and experimental music, give this one a listen, you won't regret it.

Thanks to avestin for the artist addition.

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