Exposé Online banner

Frédéric l'Épée — Sketches for Images
(Bandcamp no#, 2018, DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2019-03-14

Sketches for Images Cover art

Most will know L’Épée from the various bands he has led, starting with Shylock in the 70s (and reforming in 2012), then Philharmonie in the 90s, then Yang in the 00s, each band having a unique sound unlike the others. Around 2000 he launched a solo career also and to date has eight releases, mostly available as downloads. Sketches for Images is his latest from December 2018, a collection of musical vignettes mostly inspired by paintings, photos, and illustrations, arranged over time and edited especially for this album. All instrumental, most of the pieces feature multiple layers of overdubbed guitar, some with keyboards, synth, or Mellotron overdubbed, most are short and to the point, raging from a couple minutes in length to five minutes at the most, all performed by L’Épée. These are mostly technically impressive and tasty guitar compositions, not unlike his earlier work with Philarmonie, nothing heavy or distorted to be found here. Opener “Hope” begins with a complex web of three guitars creating a mind-boggling mathematical tapestry, perhaps another contributing to the lower registers, growing an morphing as it moves forward, eventually exiting much like it began. “Oblivion Waltz” is a supremely catchy tune blessed with a stong Euro-folk influence and classical themes; the multiple layers of guitar are embelished with synthesizer all merging into a beautiful melodic fabric. “Confidence” is one of the album's longer pieces, approaching the five minute mark, an exploration of shimmering and complex electric guitar with an engaging melody to boot, cycling through numerous loop sections of ever-enveloping complexities. Near the album’s end is “Fraternité,” which embodies a simple repeating melody over a looping backdrop with several impeccable solos within its four minutes, also being the song that comes as close to rock as any, with drums and bass filling in the bottom end. This is a captivating album full of imagination and imagery, so much more here than the few tracks I’ve described; one can go and listen for themselves on L’Épée’s Bandcamp page where every one of the fifteen tracks is available for a free listen.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Frédéric l'Épée

More info
http://laspada.bandcamp.com/album/sketches-for-images-2

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Born Again Floozies - Novelties, Addenda & Ephemera – Clever britches with tap steps to replace the skittering of a drum kit flittering. High-spirited hijinx abound throughout. A sideshow demeanor springs forth for busting chuckles to as bobbling neck...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues