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Miriodor

Mekano

Review by Gary Hill

This is the latest release by Miriodor. The album carries on the sound of their previous album while moving a bit further away from the sounds of King Crimson and more into their own realm. One thing about a Miriodor album --it is like weather in the Midwest - if you don't like it, wait a little while, it will change. Certainly no one mode dominates the instrumental sound of this band, and their music is an ever-changing landscape.

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Track by Track Review
Le Celebre Boulle (The Famous Loop)
Translating to "the famous loop", this short cut is exactly that, a loop that feels like something that might have been done by The Three Stooges had they had the technology. It is also a bit reminiscent of Spike Jones.
Le Regine Des Termites (Bugs)
Instrumental pieces seldom seem to fit their titles. This cut really does, however, feel as thought it takes us into the complex and alien world of the insect. The piece begins with circus-oriented Crimsonesque music. As it carries on, various themes take it, including an extremely melodic segment. It again goes back to Crimsonish textures, becoming quite powerful at times. This piece is truly a powerhouse.
Le Sorcier (The Warlock)
Again coming across as Crimsonesque, this time is as if Henry Mancini had collaborated with Fripp and company in a very jazzy groove to use as the latest action movie theme. It gets a bit strange at times, but this one certainly rocks out.

Mine De Rien (Mine of Nothingness)
A cool, slightly weird-timed keyboard segment begins this cut. The band starts building on that mode creating a powerful and lush melody that feels just a little off-kilter at times. This one is quite effective. It wanders around a lot throughout it course and covers so much ground that it is hard to believe it lasts less than 4 minutes.
Mille-pattes (Centipede)
The English translation for the title of this one is "centipede", and the brief cut does a nice job of simulating a hundred legs running about. This is a fun piece.
Toutes Porportions Gardees (In A Manner of Speech)
This one is a slightly dissonant number that has a definite jazz basis. It jumps into weird circus type music from time to time. It has segments that are very cool, and gets very dramatic at times. It also includes cacophonous section.
IGA
At less than a minute, this one is just a brief little jam that leaves you wishing for more.
Mangeur De Masters (A Master Tape Snack)
Coming in hard and ominous, this one feels at the beginning sort of like Zeppelin meets King Crimson. It drops back to a more sedate segment of weirdness for a time, and then builds back up. This is one of the best cuts on the CD, and it really smokes. It drops way down to end.
Le Rol Soldat (The Soldier King)
A pretty and intricate acoustically based melody starts this one. The cut builds on this them, reworking it into a dramatic and highly effective jazzy prog jam. This is one of the more melodic pieces on the disc, but it still manages to get a bit dissonant at times. Late in the piece an angular Crimsonesque jam takes it for a time, then weird carnival type music intercedes.
Pas A Ci Que Je Sache, Sacha (Bulgarian Cave)
This feels like a cool jazzy theme song to a '50's or '60's spy film. In keeping with its title, the music abruptly stops and strange atmospheric tones take the piece, like the sounds of a cave. Eventually a new melody enters, this one with an olde world texture. The cut then begins a building segment in a rather technoish manner for a time before it turns powerful and a bit ominous. Then it moves back into the spy theme sounds that started the number. It continues with multiple changes based on that theme throughout the rest of the composition.
Singularite (Aztek Boogie)
Slightly organized chaotic sounds begin this one, then a killer bass groove enters. As the sax joins in it becomes obvious that we are about to embark on a great jazzy groove. This one is quite melodic and fun, and although melodic still finds the opportunity to get weird and slightly dissonant. This is one of the strongest pieces on the album.
L' Inevitable (The Inevitable)
This is Crimsonesque chaotic weirdness. It gets quite intriguing at times A killer sedate melody ensues later only to be reinvented in a hard-edged fury as the cut carries on. The number ends in noise.
Avatar
This is one that starts off quite melodic. It has quite a cool, more laid back texture to it for a time, then the chorus begins. Melodious textures continue to emerge from time to time, though.
Le Fantome De M. C. Escher (The Ghost Of M.C. Escher)
Big sounds begin this one in typical Miriodor fashion, then after a time a lighter, more playful melody line takes the piece. This feels a bit like one of Ester's paintings with lines leading off to other unrelated ones. They touch on some cool moments in the midst of the madness, though. This definitely also gets weird at times.
La Polka Des Spheres (Polka Of The Spheres)
This is a fun and playful little number and an upbeat, slightly funny way to end the disc. It feels a bit more like cowboy music than a polka, though.
 
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