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SEVEN REIZH

(FRANCE)

TITLE:
L'ALBATROS
RELEASE DATE:
2018
LABEL:
AUTRE LABEL
GENRE:
PROGRESSIVE ROCK
"The concluding opus of a work started almost 20 years ago, "L'Albatros" ends with a whistle of contentment, as the assurance of a job well done. That's the least we can say!"
TONYB - 11.03.2019 -
For its fourth livery, and in theory the last part of its trilogy that has become tetra, the duo Seven Reizh, formed by Claude Mignon and Gérard Le Dortz, has created a new work of art. Following "La Barque Ailée", "L'Albatros" ends the narrative of Jean-Marie Lebris' adventures, the album being accompanied by the second volume of the novel taking its place next to the first volume in a superbly illustrated box set. These books are of course the essential companions of CDs and form an inseparable whole.

In terms of music, the group's usual ingredients, once again supported by a pleiad of guests, will very quickly take place, from the very beginning proposed by "Le Pavillon Chinois": introducing one of the album's striking themes, this first track invites us to a first Celtic symphony where Bleunwenn's ever so sweet voice rubs shoulders shoulders with traditional Celtic instruments, Uillean pipes and flute at the head of the gondola.

After this beginning, Seven Reizh will unfold titles where the narrative takes up a lot of space, most often in a rather intimate form, carried by rather slow rhythms ('Brizh','Klasker-Bara'), sometimes even with a mystical introspective touch that recalls Lisa Gerrard's solo work ('Brizh'). But Claude Mignon's assertive progressive spirit means that the ensemble is not satisfied with this model and most of the tracks will almost systematically evolve towards instrumental sequences where we find, as usual, marked floydian scents, Alan Parsons Project ambiences, a little tubular bells (final of "Er Lein"), all mixed with force bagad and other world sounds. The mix is always as pleasing as ever, especially when accompanied by beautiful melodic themes ('Er Lein').

As for the performers, we find the usual Bleunwenn and Farid Aït Siameur, for Breton/kabyle duets that are still as surprising ('Tiqit Weman') both in the lyrical expression and in the contrast formed by the female voice all in roundness and voluptuousness and that of the Tayfa singer often at the limit of rupture, especially in the high notes ('Er Lein'). And for the hard-core protagonists who have not listened hard enough to find all the subtleties of the different compositions and their elaborate arrangements, we can only advise them to throw an ear more than attentive to the whole, and more particularly to the superb "Dalc'h Mad", a slow procession with a gradually increasing binary rhythm, to deliver a beautiful finale through the grace of a violin/guitar duo with heartbreaking accents.

This fourth opus of Seven Reizh is a little jewel placed in its case, and which requires great attention when listening to it to capture all the subtleties and especially all the emotions. The concluding opus of a work started almost 20 years ago, it ends with a whistle of contentment, as the assurance of a job well done. That's the least we can say!

More informations on http://www.seven-reizh.com/

VIDEO

SIMILAR BANDS

XII ALFONSO, MINIMUM VITAL, CAFEÏNE, KOSMOS, APRIL (FR), ATOLL

TRACK LISTING

01. Le pavillon chinois - 3.59
02. Brizh - 14.48
03. Tiqit weman - 5.52
04. Dalc’h mad - 6.55
05. Klasker-bara - 4.40
06. Kriz - 9.27
07. Lostmarc’h - 9.59
08. Er lein - 9.30


LINEUP

Bernard Le Dréau: Saxophone Ténor, Clarinette
Bleunwenn Mével: Chant
Claude Mignon: Guitares / Piano, Sinters, Lap Steel
Cyrille Bonneau: Duduk
Ewan Le Gallic: Cornemuse Écossaise
Farid Aït Siameur: Chant
François Pernel: Harpe Celtique
Gérard Le Dortz: Conception Graphique, Roman Et Paroles
Gurvan Mével: Batterie / Percussions
Gwenaël Mével: Tin Et Low Whistles, Bombarbe
Gwendal Mével: Flûte Traversière
Jonathan Dour: Violon
Laurène Bourvon:
Loïc Bléjan: Uillean Pipe
Louis Mével: Chant
Marcel Aubré: Ehru
Michel Hoffmann: Hautbois
Mihai Trestian: Cymbalum
Olivier Carole: Basse
Olivier Salmon: Guitares
Philippe Durand: Cor
Régis Huiban: Accordéon
Ronan Hilaireau: Piano
Sébastien Charlier: Harmonica
Shane Lestideau: Violon
Thierry Runarvot: Contrebasse


TAGS:
Celtic, Intimist, Symphonic, Concept-album, Female voice
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