Eidôlon — Dreamland
(Musea Parallele MP3089, 2009, CD)
by Dan Marsh, Published 2011-06-01
Eidôlon is a French band consisting of a keyboardist / guitarist, violin / bass, and a drummer. Dreamland is a seven-part 50-minute piece based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. The disc has many different moods ranging from icy airy sounds to full-on Hammond B-3/guitar instrumental workouts. I hear a lot of Meddle-era Pink Floyd from this band. The first cut, “Vacuum,” starts out with an airy bird chirping soundscape before morphing into a frontal psychedelic ambient mode. A great way to start out the album. The second cut, “Idein,” at over 20 minutes is the centerpiece of the album. The piece starts out softly with a slow ethereal synthesizer / violin intro before going into an understated guitar theme. Building slowly, the music turns towards a stately organ / violin duet. Dreamy and atmospheric vocals complete the barren landscape given by the emotions of the song. A totally hypnotic piece that keeps your attention throughout its entire length due to the shifting timbres and musical themes that occur. “Topos” changes direction by becoming a funk type work-out with abstracted vocals that bubble just beneath the musical surface. The remaining four pieces continue to alternate between musical forms and timbres, never once becoming predicable and/or boring. Recommended for fans of organ-driven progressive rock.
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