Exposé Online banner

L'Ensemble Rayé — Ein Fest für Pu den Bären
(Kein & Aber, 2000, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2002-04-01

Ein Fest für Pu den Bären Cover artL’Ensemble Rayé’s third (I believe) release is the soundtrack for a Swiss version of Winnie the Pooh. The tunes, mostly instrumental, are a charming combination of innocence and art, appropriate I suppose for everyone’s favorite Zen philosopher plush toy. A rotating crew of musicians play on the seventeen tracks, and eight of them have a hand in composing at least one. Styles range from goofy polkas to lovely multitracked guitars to bouncy (as in “Tiggers are...”) ska to ukulele settings of Milne poetry. The instrumentation is chosen to fit the characters and events of the stories depicted, though what instrument goes with what character changes from song to song. Sometimes Pooh is a clarinet, sometimes a tuba. There’s even a credit for “Tiegergitarrrre.” All the compositions are strong and musically interesting, even when the style is corny or silly, with unexpected chord progressions, sudden changes, and glorious incongruities, like surf guitar with accordion and a tuba for bass. I’m reminded of the great music from the classic Warner Brothers cartoons, though this is not as frenetic for the most part, a bit more laid back, as befits Pooh’s personality. Quite a contrast with the music we’d get for an American soundtrack, which would no doubt be by either Elton John or Randy Newman and utterly without surprises.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 24, 2000 releases

Related artist(s): Cédric Vuille, L'Ensemble Rayé

Latest news

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more

2019-02-21
You Can Be Part of an Ambient Electronic Project – The Gesture of History is a new electronic project put together by Sam Rosenthal of Black Tape for a Blue Girl, Steve Roach, and violist Sam Shadow. The music started as an instrumental track Rosenthal was working on for a Black Tape album, but took on a life of its own and demanded further enhancements. The majority of the funds raised will go to manufacturing costs for LP and CD editions, as well as other items as detailed on the Kickstarter page. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Nexus - Perpetuum Karma – This Argentine symphonic band made a big splash back around the turn of the decade, fronted by beautiful lead singer with golden voice, Mariela Gonzalez, leading to invitations to Baja and NEARfest....  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues