Exposé Online banner

Pienza Ethnorkestra — Indiens d'Europe
(Soleil Zeuhl 14, 2006, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2007-03-01

Indiens d'Europe Cover art

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.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Pienza Ethnorkestra

Latest news

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more

2017-07-27
Yestival Dates Beef up the Beat – Word reaches us that Dylan Howe (son of guitarist Steve Howe) will be joining Yes on their "Yestival" tour, drumming alongside longtime band member Alan White. » Read more

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Manticore - Time to Fly – Manticore is a new outfit from Sweden and with that name a heavy Emerson, Lake and Palmer influence is bound to be present. The first track, "New Foundation," ripples with ELP right down to the main...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues