Dün — Eros
(Soleil Zeuhl 33, 1981/2012, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-04-01This 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.
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