Exposé Online banner

Copernicus — L’Étérnité Immédiate
(Nevermore Inc. NCD2094, 2005/2013, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-10-06

L’Étérnité Immédiate Cover art

Copernicus hit the scene in the mid-80s, a rambling beat poet with a message that nothing exists, not the earth or anything on it; his reality is viewed through subatomic terms. If nothing can stay the same from one moment to the next, then how can anything exist? His message was backed up by a large group of highly skilled improvising musicians, which made Copernicus’ ranting more tolerable and less like the musings of a madman one might find wandering the streets of New York. One release after the next, his message became more angry and seemingly filled with rage aimed at society, his perspective turning further inward and isolated. Around the time Option Magazine (which had been giving each of his releases extensive coverage) folded, Copernicus seemed to disappear also; for nearly a decade there were no new releases. In 2001 he re-emerged from his hiatus with a much smaller four-piece group of musicians from Ecuador, with essentially the same message, perhaps with the anger dialed down a bit. Two albums were recorded: La Eternidad Inmediata (in Spanish) and its English counterpart Immediate Eternity; it was the beginning of Copernicus bringing his message to the non-English speaking world. A few years later, following a series of 25 concerts in Ecuador, those albums were re-recorded, and the same musical bed was used to produce two additional releases, Die Sofortige Ewigkeit (in German), and the subject of this review, L’Étérnité Immédiate (in French). So here you have it, essentially Copernicus’ sixth album, re-recorded and delivered in French, and to my knowledge the last time he would release anything in languages other than English.


Filed under: Reissues, 2013 releases, 2005 recordings

Related artist(s): Copernicus

Latest news

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Yochk'o Seffer - Magyar Etno – Magyar Etno is a collection of mostly solo pieces by this renowned jazz saxophonist. Seffer creates melodies in the folk style of his native Hungary, and uses these as starting and reference points...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues