Exposé Online banner

Dün — Eros
(Soleil Zeuhl 33, 1981/2012, CD)

by Peter Thelen, 2013-04-01:

Eros Cover art This lost French classic from '81 has much to recommend. A six-piece from Nantes in western France, they featured keyboards, guitars, bass, drums, tuned percussion and flute, and their sound combined elements of zeuhl, chamber, symphonic, fusion, and even some hints of Zappa. Dün (pronounced dune) was together from around '77 to '81, and unfortunately Eros is the only recorded evidence they left behind, recorded near the end of their life as a band. The album proper consists of four long, primarily instrumental tracks effluent with energy, with all of the aforementioned stylistic elements pouring into something wholly original. On most of the compositions there are passages with complex repetitive cells, busy drumming, and throbbing bass that pretty much defines the zeuhl sound; but the softer flute, keyboard and mallet passages tend to be more in a chamber or even symphonic vein, even flirting with ethnic percussive sounds on the closing title track. This is the second reissue of the album – the first was around 12 years ago on the Soleil Atreides label, which itself was a sub-label of Soleil Zeuhl. This time out, in addition to digital transfer and mastering by Udi Koomran, there are five bonus tracks recorded in '78 and '79: two alternate early versions of "Arrakis" plus alternate versions of "Bitonio" and the title cut, and "Acoustic Fremen," a more relaxed chamber tune that's very different from anything on the album proper. An essential reissue.

by Dean Suzuki, 2000-05-01:

Zeuhl alert! One of the best, yet little known zeuhl gems has re-surfaced thanks to the specialty label Soleil Atreides, the same folks who recently gave us Archaia. Dün is rather more in the mature Magma vein, featuring that fierce, buzzing Top / Paganotti bass, an occasional blend of wordless, scat, and invented language vocals, and a seriously tweaked jazz fusion harmonic language. At times, Dün's style leans rather more towards the fusion end of things and is also smoother, a couple degrees less aggressive and brutal than Magma at their wildest, somewhat reminiscent of Jacques Thollot and perhaps even Michel Altmayer (Troll). However, when they want, Dün bristles and seethes with plenty of energy and ferocity and takes a back seat to none when it comes to brutal, aggressive music and a go-for-the-jugular attitude. An element that sets Dün apart from Magma and other zeuhl groups is the instrumentation. An important, even primary role is given over to the flute, and mallet percussion (xylophone and vibraphone) figures prominently in several arrangements. The latter suggests Zappa at times, while biting, jagged guitar brings Eider Stellaire to mind. In addition to the original album, there are four hefty bonus tracks nearly doubling the length of the album, including three alternate versions recorded two and three years before the versions found on the official album in significantly different arrangements. Also included is a previously unreleased track that is alternately lyrical and angular. This reissue is not to be missed.


Filed under: Reissues , Issue 19 , 2012 releases, 1981 releases

Related artist(s): Dün

More info

Latest news

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Cluster - Cluster II – This is actually Cluster's fourth album, if you count the two albums for the tiny Schwann Studio label as a trio (named Kluster) with ex- Tangerine Dream member Konrad Schnitzler. The spelling change...  (1995) » Read more

Solaris - Marsbéli Krónikák (The Martian Chronicles) & 1990 – At long last, The Gong label has stepped forward and re-released Solaris' The Martian Chronicles and 1990. While both these titles have been previously available on CD, both have been out of print...  (1997) » Read more

Synergy - Electronic Realizations, Sequencer, Cords, Games & Audion – Synergy is, of course the name of the ongoing electronic music project of keyboardist / engineer / producer Larry Fast, also known for his work with Peter Gabriel, Nektar, and numerous other bands and...  (1999) » Read more

Ozone Quartet - Fresh Blood – This instrumental quartet first came to this writer's attention a few weeks before their appearance at ProgScape '94 — they were called Cloud Nine in those days, and their four song demo...  (1998) » Read more

Moe! Staiano - The Lateness of Yearly Presentations & Two Forms of Multitudes – Some may be familiar with Moe! (not to be confused with moe.) as the waste percussionist in Sleepytime Gorilla Museum. Readers who find SGM a little too happy-go-lucky and accessible, or those simply...  (2003) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues