Exposé Online banner

Stella Vander — Le Coeur Allant Vers
(Ex-Tension EX03, 2004, CD)

by Mac Beaulieu, Published 2006-05-01

Le Coeur Allant Vers Cover art

Stella Zelcer established herself as an artist with an uncompromising independent streak long before the close of the 60s, when she was known simply as “Stella.” Despite having a keen familiarity with American music at a young age, or more likely because of it, she saw the futility and downright silliness of French performers who emulated American musicians instead of mining their own musical heritage. Starting her career in 1963 at age thirteen with a cynical mockery of contemporary French pop music, Stella managed to get herself banned from French radio and TV by the time she was sixteen, receiving not a little notoriety in the process. Finally, disillusioned with the continued insistence that she play the role of a superficial pop diva rather than a serious musician, she withdrew at seventeen after recording dozens of songs. There’s been a lot of time and a little river called Magma under the bridge between then and now, and here on her second solo album, entitled The heart going towards, she once again goes where her heart leads. As one might guess, this is very unlike Magma, expressing a delicate beauty and a hugely understated grandeur. Its massive list of performers playing keyboards, strings, winds, etc., remain firmly in supportive roles; whether her accompaniment is a cast of eight or a cast of one, Vander’s voice is front and center throughout. The dreamy chamber-like setting appeals at the outset while its oblique melodies and subtle detail grow over the long haul.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 33, 2004 releases

Related artist(s): Stella Vander, Christian Vander / Offering, Simon Goubert, Sophia Domancich, Didier Lockwood

Latest news

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

King Crimson - B'Boom - Live in Argentina – It's always a challenge to review an album that I'm sure everyone has, but here goes... Recorded just prior to their extensive worldwide tour, these recordings accurately reflect the 1995 version of...  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues