Exposé Online banner

Lazuli — Amnésie
(Musea FGBG 4694.AR, 2006, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2007-03-01

Amnésie Cover art

One of the surprises of Baja 2006 was this unique French band that, frankly, I had never even heard of before. The fact that they were being promoted by Musea may bode well for future releases being easier to find. While they were handing out copies of a promotional DVD of a recent show like candy on Halloween night to all the press people in attendance (that DVD is excellent, I might add, certainly worthy of tracking down), this writer was trying to get his hands on a copy of the band’s second CD from a year earlier. Here it is, weighing in somewhere between recent Crimson endeavors and Security era Peter Gabriel on many of the cuts, with enough originality throughout that one has to admit they really sound like nobody else. Seven members play acoustic and electric guitars, Chapman Stick, marimba, vibraphone, bass, drums, percussion, and the Léode. The what?! Following an accident that left him with limited use of his left hand, guitarist Claude Leonetti had this custom instrument built (a sort of midi-controller with a Stick-like appearance) allowing him to add something unique to the band’s sound: all of what sound like keyboards and bowed strings are in fact the Léode. Dominique Leonetti adds outstanding lead vocals (in French) with other members harmonizing. Guests contribute a number of additional instruments (didgeridoo, trumpet, clarinet, and oud among them). I can’t recommend this disc enough! The good news is that they’ll be back at Baja 2007, this time on the big stage.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Lazuli

Latest news

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Landberk - One Man Tell's Another – From the opening moments of this CD, it is obvious that this Swedish band has greatly matured. The follow-up to 1992's well received but unspectacular debut Lonely Land, One Man Tell's Another...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues