Pienza Ethnorkestra — Indiens d'Europe
(Soleil Zeuhl 14, 2006, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2007-03-01
Beginning with a disclaimer that nearly anything even remotely related to Magma will receive an initial positive reception in this writer’s considerations, it was a delight to be assaulted by this latest offering from Pienza. Currently an instrumental trio of bass, drums, and vielle à roue (something like a hurdy-gurdy), the rhythm section of James MacGaw and Daniel Jeand’heur are both members of One Shot, the former a guitarist in some recent formations of Magma. While I try to recall anything about Pienza’s eponymous debut from 2001 (then a quartet), it’s worth noting that Indiens is entirely recorded live, and does feature a couple live renditions of songs from the debut. As one might expect, the rhythmic attack is persistent, aggressive, sometimes even brutal, but always tasty. But what gives the band its unique character and especially its “ethno” credentials is Thierry Bruneau and his vielle à roue, bringing in strong Middle Eastern influences to their compositions and jams. And yes, these guys do jam; they freakin’ cook from beginning to end, non-stop. I’m often reminded of the intensity of the late great Happy Family from Japan. But don’t be mistaken, there are still plenty of melodic breaks herewithin, they’re just not the soft and pretty kind that always resolve. But if you’re up to the kind of fury that bands like One Shot, Blast, and Bondage Fruit (among many others) can dish out, then Indiens d’Europe is definitely something that should be on your radar.
Related artist(s): Pienza Ethnorkestra
Ginger Baker RIP – Legendary English drummer Ginger Baker has died at the age of 80. After coming to fame with Cream in the 60s alongside Eric Clapton and Jack Bruce, he became one of the most recognized and influential drummers of the rock era. On September 25, his family announced that he was critically ill, and on October 6 his death was confirmed. » Read more
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more