Exposé Online banner

Exclusive Raja — Off the Map
(MP 3012.AR, 1993, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 1994-05-01

Off the Map Cover art

Off the Map is the debut release by a new French band on Musea's Musea Parallele series. Picture if you will a musical blend of Robert Fripp, Richard Pinhas, Alain Markusfeld, and Camel and you might come close to envisioning the music of Exclusive Raja. Make no mistake, Exclusive Raja is not a derivative band, they learned from these masters of the trade and created a new music. Their vocalist has a smooth mellow voice like Camel's Andy Latimer. The truly outstanding songs are "Dock 134" with its melodic Fripp/Markusfeld guitar licks, 9/8 that builds in intensity like King Crimson's "Larks' Tongues in Aspic," and "Brooklyn 1" with William S. Burroughs samples, Frippertronics, and Markusfeld guitar runs. They even throw in a cover version of the Smiths' "Nowhere Fast"! sounding like early 70s acoustic country rock. Off the Map is music for the discriminating listener that may take a few spins before you can appreciate the results. After all there is a disclaimer on the front that states "to be listened to without any restriction – grunge and noise won't exceed 12% of the content." I guess that is why Musea chose to release it on their Parallele series.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 3, 1993 releases

Related artist(s): Exclusive Raja

Latest news

2018-02-18
Didier Lockwood RIP – Word reaches us today of the death of one of France's great jazz musicians, violinist Didier Lockwood. His playing bridged many worlds, from traditional jazz to fusion to progressive rock, and his talent can be heard on recordings by Magma, Clearlight, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, and many more. Lockwood was 62. » Read more

2018-02-15
10 Years of Fruits de Mer - The Incomplete Angler – Those of you who are faithful followers of Exposé will know that we have been promoting Fruits de Mer and its side labels and releases from nearly its first year. Now music journalist and author Dave Thompson has written a book chronicling the past ten years as a celebration of this milestone. » Read more

2018-02-14
Tom Rapp RIP – Singer / songwriter Tom Rapp, best known with the band Pearls Before Swine, passed away on February 12, at the age of 70, after a battle with cancer. » Read more

2018-01-30
Bill Bruford Ventures into Uncharted Territory – Drum master Bill Bruford, veteran of some of the most creative bands in history (King Crimson, Yes, Genese, etc.), is sharing some of what he's learned about being a drummer and a musician in his new book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer, out on University of Michigan Press. » Read more

2018-01-18
Christian Burchard RIP – Multi-instrumentalist Christian Burchard, who founded the seminal band Embryo in 1969, has died at the age of 71. His January 17 passing was announced on the band's Facebook page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Jean-Philippe Goude - Ainsi de Nous – This album is a collection of small ensemble pieces written by French composer Goude for some really interesting combinations of orchestral instruments. There are no drums, electric bass, or guitar...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues