Exposé Online banner

Jerome Langlois — Molignak
(ProgQuébec MPM08, 2005, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2006-05-01

Molignak Cover art

Those looking for melodically colorful transcendental rock with a strong orchestral twist may find something very special and unique in Molignak, the first solo album by Jérôme Langlois, once keyboardist and reed player in the initial 1975 lineup of Canadian band Maneige. The music here touches elements of pop, folk, classical, avant-garde, rock, world ethnic, and even hints of jazz, but it truly eschews classification with any of these. Most importantly, the compositions and playing are full of vibrancy and convey a wide range of emotions, varying in degree and intensity from track to track. Predictably, Langlois handles clarinet and piano duties, plus electric guitar; he is joined by other musicians on clarinet, bass clarinet, violin, electric and acoustic bass, and a variety of percussion. The latter is provided by Gilles Schetagne (also ex-Maneige), whose orchestral playing – along with bassist Mario Légaré breathes imagination and spirit into the bottom end of the sound, and supports the overall effort brilliantly. There are no vocals here to get in the way of the music, which stands well on its own, driven by the strong up-front melodic presence of the reeds, gorgeous piano flourishes and emotive violin. This is music that goes way beyond any comparisons, truly in a class by itself.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2005 releases

Related artist(s): Jérôme Langlois

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...

Maryam Mursal - The Journey – Maryam Mursal is a singer from Somalia now exiled and living in Denmark. Somali music, like the country itself, is a unique mixture of African and Arabic. On this release, Mursal approaches her...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues