Exposé Online banner

Christian Décamps — Psychédelice
(Musea FGBG 4813, 2008, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2010-07-01

Psychédelice Cover art

So... what to make of this? One of the most famous lead singers in the history of European prog has recorded a solo album... of instrumental music (well, almost – there’s one track with singing). Furthermore, this legend, who is not known for playing any instrument, handles all the parts himself, though most of it sounds programmed, from the variety of standard keyboard sounds to the the drum parts and the various trumpet- or sax- or guitar-like lead parts. According to the credits, only the drums were actually programmed, and everything else was played live, but you’d never know that from listening. Acoustic and electric guitar are also listed, along with Hammond organ, but again, pretty much everything sounds like a sequenced digital keyboard. Which all goes to say that there’s not really anything about this music that says “This must be Christian Décamps.” It’s pleasant enough, quite innocuous and unremarkable, a bit like the anonymous music you might hear on a company’s promotional video. There is a concept or story to it regarding psychotherapy, but the booklet is entirely in French and beyond my distant classes. I would have to recommend this only to the die-hard fans; surely the average Ange or prog fan would find little of interest here.


Filed under: Audio, Issue 38, 2008 releases

Related artist(s): Christian Décamps

Latest news

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ken Pedersen - Deja Views – Deja Views is a collection of 12 piano instrumental pieces based upon various classical themes. Many of the tracks are piano solos, and some have wind or string accompaniment. The songs list people...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues