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ART ZOYD - Symphonie pour le Jour ou bruleront les Cites

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Sub Rosa SR330
Release Year: 2011
Note: re-issue of the very first cult album by ART ZOYD from 1976 = dark & experimental neo-classic chamber music meeting with ecstatic progessive rock & jazz influences, oscillating between wonderful dark parts & dramatic, hounded "Angst"-sections, at the same time apocalyptic & beautiful, breathtaking stuff full of tension & wonder; incl. diverse bonus-tracks!!
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"In 1976, a self-released LP by Art Zoyd appeared in Belgian record stores. At the time, nobody knew Symphonie Pour le Jour o Brleront les Cits (Symphony for the Day Cities Will Burn) would be the first of many albums from this strange chamber progressive rock outfit. All the ingredients of Art Zoyd's sound for its first decade are here: unusual acoustic instrumentation for a rock band (violin, cello, piano, and trumpet, plus guitar, bass, and percussion), dark and mysterious atmospheres recalling France's Magma and foretelling Univers Zero (formed by Art Zoyd percussionist Daniel Denis), and complex pieces owing as much to contemporary classical as to progressive rock. The lineup for this first offering included Patricia Dallio (piano), Alain Eckert (guitar, vocals), Grard Hourbette (violin), Jean-Pierre Soarez (trumpet, percussion), and Thierry Zabotzeff (bass, cello, vocals).

The album is split in two. First is Symphonie Pour le Jour o Brleront les Cits in three parts, an apocalyptic work opening with mad laughter, a vision of the end of the world with percussion clashing, frenetic violin motifs, and the trumpet from Judgment Day. Part one, Brigades Spciales, is the most striking moment of the album. Then comes Deux Images de la Cit Imbcile ('Two Pictures of the Stupid City'), two movements leaning more toward some warped chamber rock conception of the burlesque, especially on Scnes de Carnaval.

For a first exposition, Symphonie Pour le Jour o Brleront les Cits was as impressive as could be and earned the band an immediate cult following." [John Bush]