Exposé Online banner

Qwaarn — Aberrations
(Unicorn Digital UNCR 5048, 2007, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2008-10-01

Aberrations Cover art

Qwaarn is an extremely odd name for a band, and they provide no further explanation in the package. I think that Qwaarn is supposed to be an alien; and I guess it is his picture on the CD cover. However, it looks more like something my dog has been gnawing on for hours. Qwaarn is a band from Quebec and I am a bit confused as to the band members and who actually performed on this recording. The CD booklet lists two different sets of musicians with François Bernatchez (drummer and band founder), Didier Berthuit (vocals and keys), Martin Bleau (guitars and backing vocals) being on both lists. According to their web site, other musicians come and go. But changing musicians does not appear to affect the music. These gentlemen know how to play their instruments, but their music and vocals fail to grab my attention. This is a shame because they have written some quirky songs that could have been interesting with different arrangements and vocals: “Meeting Kim” (an ode to a hunting dog), “Did You Say Salmon” (a song about salmon fishermen), and the title track about Qwaarn, your humble and faithful messenger. I don’t like being negative when the band is trying this hard, but I just cannot recommend this release.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 36, 2007 releases

Related artist(s): Qwaarn

More info
http://www.qwaarn.com

Latest news

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Clearlight/Cyrille Verdeaux - Rainbow Music: Best of Cyrille Verdeaux 1975-2000 – From his debut in 1973 with Clearlight Symphony, French keyboardist and composer Cyrille Verdeaux has combined impressionistic soundscapes in the spirit of Ravel and Debussy with progressive rock...  (2001) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues