Exposé Online banner

Hypnos 69 — The Eclectic Measure
(Elektrohasch 115, 2006, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2007-03-01

The Eclectic Measure Cover art

The Elektrohasch label has been releasing some great music of late, and this latest release by Belgian four-piece Hypnos 69 is no exception to that winning streak. Instrumentation includes the basic three plus Hammond, Korg synths, Mellotron, bass pedals, tenor and baritone saxes, clarinet, theremin, and a variety of orchestral percussion. Some of the material here is a slow, dreamy psychedelic rock with incisive guitars that might recall early Nektar or Wish You Were Here era Floyd, yet even with those apparent influences, they still have a solid grasp on current technology and studio production, much like Porcupine Tree. A solid command of melody, the hook, and savvy arrangements give much of the songwriting an instantly likeable character like later Beatles or Lost Chord era Moody Blues. When they speed things up a bit and start laying down some heavier rock, as on “The Antagonist,” the use of Mellotron, and especially the low-register saxes might remind the listener of McDonald & Giles era Crimson, though the band breaks it up occasionally with some gentle etudes featuring clarinet, glockenspiel, and acoustic guitars, showing an apparent classical influence. The vocals are handled capably by guitarist Steve Houtmeyers, although they’re typically left a little low in the mix, and often treated with that heavily distorted ‘neuro-surgeons scream for more’ megaphone effect. There are too many good songs here to enumerate, and they seem to get better with each listen. This one is easy to recommend.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Hypnos 69

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...

Thierry Zaboitzeff - Dr. Zab & His Robotic Strings Orchestra – Zaboitzeff is the bass guitarist/cellist for Art Zoyd. This solo project shows him in a more electronic setting, as it is done mostly using synths and sequencers. There are 22 tracks of varying length...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues