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OISEAUX-TEMPETE - TOPIYA?

Format: do-LP
Label & Cat.Number: Sub Rosa SR396V
Release Year: 2015
Note: "We must fill the eyes and ears of all of us with things that are the beginning of a great dream" - second album for the acclaimed French 'advanced post-rock' band, extending their captivating style with free-jazz and punk elements, now with GARETH DAVIS as fourth member (bass clarinet) & feat. G.W. SOK from THE EX; lim. vinyl version, gatefold cover, coloured vinyl
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"TOPIYA? not only continues their first album, but it extends it. The travels move this time to Istanbul and Sicily providing the food for its urgent energy and indomitable drive. While the structures still hint at moments of post-rock, they go further now, almost into the area of free-jazz yet without loosing a directness rooted in punk (highlighted perhaps by the presence of G.W.Sok from The Ex). In addition, the bass clarinet of Gareth Davis references both the roughest of experiments of Akosh Szelevnyi and of The Stooges Fun House.

There are, so the story goes, sea birds that reveal themselves only at times of approaching storms. This story though, is a little more complicated. For some, the pipers riding the deluge, yet for the mariner the prophets in the lingering final moments of calm. Thus, ultimately, are they the creator or created if the existence of one requires the other? It is this Mediterranean Sea that OISEAUX-TEMPTE chose to roam. In 2013, on a trip to Greece, they returned with an account of the political upheaval and spread of discontent which is now so easy to follow two years later. An album of tension, cinematographic as it rides the storms which it documents. A disc positioned, ultimately, in the statement.
More or less anchored in Paris, OISEAUX-TEMPTE is the result of the meeting between Frdric D. Oberland & Stphane Pigneul (members of both Farewell Poetry and Le Rveil des Tropiques) and Ben McConnell (Beach House and Marissa Nadler). For TOPIYA?, the group is expanded with the addition of bass clarinet virtuoso Gareth Davis." [label info]

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