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Pierre Bastien — Eggs Air Sister Steel
(In Poly Sons IPS 10-94, 1996, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1996-08-01

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An interesting album indeed. Each one of the thirteen instrumental vignettes presented here has its own unique character, all within a more-or-less experimental neo-classical context, with some faint hints of jazz, folk, and east Asian elements. While the credits don't say precisely what Bastien plays, one can deduce that it's primarily woodwinds (clarinet, bass clarinet, and saxes) from the fact that none of the listed guests are credited with these, yet they appear in almost every song. Among the listed guests are Françoise and Christophe Petchanatz (a.k.a. Klimperei) on piano, Denis Tagu on accordion, and the mighty Mecanium on various percussion instruments, vibraphone, and guitar. While nothing here could (even by a stretch of the imagination) be considered progressive "rock" (there are no electric instruments anywhere) – that should serve as fair warning to those with misguided expectations, the music herein is at its best playful, creative and extremely original, the kind that grows more meaningful with repeated listens. Recommended for those looking for something completely different.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 10, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Klimperei, Pierre Bastien

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