Exposé Online banner

Le Grand Sbam — Vaisseau Monde
(Dur et Doux DD-037, 2019, CD / LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, 2020-05-25:

Vaisseau Monde Cover art

In the incredibly fertile Lyon avant-prog scene, it seems that every band shares members with every other band — maybe not completely true, but close enough. The three members of PoiL seem to be particularly profligate with their talents, though to be honest, that well seems to be bottomless, and no matter how many bands they play in, there’s always creativity to spare. All three — Antoine Arnera (keyboards), Boris Cassone (bass), and Guilhem Meier (drums) — are involved in Le Gran Sbam, along with two vocalists, Marie Nachury and Jessica Martin Maresco, and Mélissa Acchiardi, who plays vibraphone and percussion. Arnera and Cassone are the composers, and the rhythmic complexity that PoiL is known for is here in ample degrees, augmented by the powerful singing of the two women, so there’s a feeling a little like Magma with less reliance on repeated patterns and more emphasis on quick-paced changes. Ideas are tossed out, kicked around a bit, then abandoned as new ideas come along. Moments of crashing heaviness with distorted bass are contrasted with floating space-outs with electronic noises and whispered voices. It’s an endless parade of invention, mind-boggling in its agility and range, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound and shoot lasers from its eyes. You will find no hints of verses, choruses, or bridges in this music. Every track is a journey of continuous change, with a few recurring motifs to act as signposts, though the destination is always uncertain. Revel in that uncertainty, fasten your seatbelts, and hang on for dear life.


by Henry Schneider, 2020-05-25:

Le Grand Sbam is a French chamber rock band from Lyon. They are a passionate collective dedicated to music creation, research, and experimentation. Propelled by eminent musicians: Mélissa Acchiardi (AKA Acchiourdiou) of Hidden People and Very Big Toubifri Orchestra on vibraphone and percussion; Antoine Arnera (AKA L’Arbitre) of PinioL, PoiL, and Gwyn Wurst on keyboards; Boris Cassone (AKA Herr Bassone) of PinioL and PoiL on bass; Jessica Martin Maresco of Icsis and Pili Coit on lead vocals; Guilhem Meier (AKA El Glouton) of PinioL, PoiL, Lfant, and Icsis on drums; and Marie Nachury of Brice et Sa Pute and Monstre on lead vocals. Vaisseau Monde or Vessel World is their first release. Clocking in at 38 minutes, the five tracks are in the 6 to 12 minute range. The music ranges from raucous, precise, percussive zeuhl to calm ambience with odd electronics. This is tightly composed and controlled intelligent music. This music demands attention. If you enjoy Rock in Opposition bands, the Le Grand Sbam and Vaisseau Monde is a perfect addition to your music collection.


Filed under: New releases , 2019 releases

Related artist(s): PoiL, Guilhem Meier / LFant, Le Grand Sbam

More info
http://legrandsbam.bandcamp.com/album/vaisseau-monde-2

Latest news

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more

2020-06-14
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santana, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Chris Squire - Swiss Choir – Chris Squire's second solo album since 1975's classic Fish out of Water is actually the third Christmas album from a Yes alumnus... In tow is ex-Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett who contributes...  (2008) » Read more

Flower Travellin' Band - Satori – Psychedelic bands in Europe and North America often incorporated aspects of Middle-Eastern or Indian music into their own styles. So what happens when a band from Japan does the same thing? On the one...  (2006) » Read more

Etna - Etna – Out of the undiscerning mass factory of Mellowland every once in a while comes an album well worth waiting for. From 1975, Etna's sole album is a gem for jazz rock/fusion fanatics. What's really...  (1994) » Read more

Stephen Parsick - Hollenengel – Stephen Parsick, the other half of the well known (in EM-circles) German formation Ramp has made an album that immediately floats into dark realms. Travelling side by side with Vangelis, dark strings,...  (2006) » Read more

Lands End - The Lower Depths – Remember Lands End? They were part of the 90s West Coast prog revival, though it’s been eight years since their last release, Natural Selection. Now they’re back with a double-disk set...  (2007) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues