Exposé Online banner

Miriodor — Signal 9
(Cuneiform Rune 438, 2017, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2017-08-19

Signal 9 Cover art

Yes, this is indeed the ninth Miriodor studio album, coming three decades after their first and four years after the previous effort, Cobra Fakir. Signal 9 finds the band in the quartet arrangement that has lasted since just after Cobra Fakir: Pascal Globensky (keyboards), Rémi Leclerc (drums), Bernard Falaise (guitar), and Nicolas Lessard (bass). The addition of Lessard seems to have steered the band in a more energetic direction, with his rhythmic (sometimes almost funky) bass lines locking in with Leclerc’s drums and providing a groove to many tracks in spite of the shifting rhythmic structures and often crazy melodies that make up the pieces. There are sections where the band gets into a groove and rides it for a couple of minutes, and at other times they’ll throw out ideas rapid-fire, jumping from one to another like indecisive squirrels running from tree to tree. “Portrait-robot” is one of my favorite tracks, and exhibits the band’s strengths admirably. It starts with an insistent unison riff on bass and guitar while odd synth noises bounce around, then adds organ chords to gradually build up the intensity almost like a post-rock epic. By the time they’re two minutes in, they’re thrashing away with punkish abandon and there’s a wild synthesizer line wiggling around on top. Then it all comes to a crashing halt and we’re left with indistinct ambient noises, from which a Mellotron choir emerges amidst distorted analog synth noises. This leads into a section that could almost pass for Änglagård, with a heavy plodding beat and prominent Mellotron chords. Then there’s a quirky circus-like part with the sounds of a cheering crowd, followed by a faster tempo section that builds up again and features dissonant chords. It ends with a long fade to nothingness. In addition to longer tracks like “Portrait-robot,” there are a number of short vignettes, some collages of sounds, others more composed and performed. There are too many highlights to cover in a review — suffice it to say that Signal 9 stands comfortably among Miriodor’s best releases, and is a sure bet for the year’s best list.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Miriodor, Bernard Falaise

More info
http://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/signal-9

Latest news

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Blocco Mentale - POA – Here's an Italian band from 1973 that, instead of taking their cue from the keyboard driven sound of ELP, have more in common with the sound of Jethro Tull, early PFM, maybe Blodwyn Pig, and perhaps...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues