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Pascal Globensky — Zigzag
(Cuneiform Rune 3386, 2023, CD / DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2024-03-27

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Many years back in the mid-80s composer and multi-instrumentalist Globensky was among the six founding members of Canadian chamber rock ensemble Miriodor. Nearly thirty years on and ten-plus albums later he remains one of the three mainstays of that group, though whether they will remain as such remains to be seen — it was rumored that their most recent album Elements (2022) might be their last, but hopefully that won’t be the case. Either way, Globensky was part of the compositional foundation of Miriodor, and as such his own solo works have plenty in common with that of the group. Presented here on Zigzag, his first solo album, are eleven compositions ranging from under one minute all the way out to twelve minutes, and as they say, the acorn doesn’t fall far from the tree; several of the pieces are multi-part and wander all over the map, fighting to be heard. The compositions at hand developed over a ten year period — some were presented to the full band but suffered from a lack of interest, and thus shelved as sketches to be brought out again at the right time, which is now. Since Globensky’s main gig in Miriodor, at least in recent years, was as a keyboardist, the core of his compositions tend to be keyboard and electronic-centric, although one can hear guitars, bass, drums, and even banjo on the compositions at hand, though Globensky brought in his Miriodor bandmates on several of the tracks rather than doing it all himself: Remi Leclerc drums on four of the cuts, Nicolas Lessard plays electric bass on one, and Bernard Falaise plays synthesizer, electric guitar and electric bass on two others. Rather than pick several pieces apart with exhaustive descriptions, the informed listener should imagine Miriodor as a starting point, though the sounds at hand tend to be a bit more jagged, complex and occasionally more noisy, like the brilliant “Fourchette,” but as crazy creations go, Zigzag is an entirely satisfying journey from beginning to end.

Filed under: New releases, 2023 releases

Related artist(s): Miriodor, Bernard Falaise, Pascal Globensky

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