Exposé Online banner

Magnesis — Absinthéïsme
(La Praye LPP 951215, 1995, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01

Absinthéïsme Cover art

Not completely certain if this is essentially a solo project with some additional musicians helping, or if Magnesis is indeed a band. There are two albums that pre-date this one, neither of which this writer has heard. All the material was written by Eric Tillerot, with the sole exception of lyrics, which were penned by Frederic Przybyl, who is credited with nothing but the lyrics (which are all in French). Tillerot sings and plays keyboards, acoustic guitar on one track, and bass — although the 'bass' on most of the tracks sounds simply like a keyboard bass. Guitarist Pascal Maître adds some nice touches throughout, and gives each of the songs a lively edge; the drums, for the most part sound programmed, although a percussionist is credited, as well as two female guest vocalists. The music is a fairly typical French styled symphonic in the likes of Ange, Mona Lisa, and numerous other lesser bands, heavily theatrical and filled with lush, multi-layered keyboards and gripping melodic guitar leads. A degree of influence from Genesis is sometimes evident, as well as from French folk and classical music. Tillereot's voice is likeable enough, not as in-your-face as Décamps with Ange, yet still out in front of the music in the classic French symphonic style. The compositions are generally impressive, and the album has some very majestic and memorable tunes, yet the execution — due primarily to deficiencies in the bass and drums department, tends to hold it back. Still, there's plenty of worthwhile material here, and fans of this genre should have no trouble getting into this.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): Magnesis

Latest news

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

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


Previously in Exposé...

The Silverman - Blank for Your Own Message – The secondary title for this release is “A Zen Opera in Seven Parts,” and I will set aside any questions about the appropriateness of the Buddhist reference. If you really want to call it an...  (2009) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues