Two things today, two very tasty slices of adventurous earfood…
Toby Driver, he of Kayo Dot and such has just said “I have some solo shows abroad coming up soon”. The man who we last mentioned at the end of last year when he released and a tasty piece of epicness, has these dates coming up…
SAT 28 MARCH @ Atrium Žižkov, Prague, CZ (Žižkovska Noc Festival)
THU 2 APRIL @ The Hope & Ruin, Brighton, UK with Nick Hudson
FRI 3 APRIL @ The Yorkshire House, Lancaster, UK with Nick Hudson
SAT 4 APRIL @ The Peer Hat, Manchester, UK with Nick Hudson
MON 6 APRIL @ Servant Jazz Quarters, London, UK with Daniel O’Sullivan and Nick Hudson
“Also, Nick and I have released a new collaborative meditation today, just recorded last week. Please have a listen and throw some support our way if you can” – and there it is go explore, listen to and if you’re of a mind, buy, via Bandcamp. it is rather beautiful, it is rather warm, it is quietly delightful, clever without ever needing ot show you how clever it is…
Meanwhile, Le livre des merveilles is something new on the way from the rather mighty beast called CHROMB!. Coming up at the end of March, this track is a first taste from yet another excellent French prog rock band, I mean come, how good is this!! More when we hopefully get our paws on the whole thing, whooo, listen to that bit there, just under four minutes in, supper is more than ready, outrageously good!
“At the time of civilisation collapse, only the bold pave the way. Back to basics. Let us give CHROMB! a certain sense of responsibility : through this fourth album, entitled Le Livre des Merveilles, the quartet appears in a new light. Washed of their sins.
Off with the worn out fusion-prog, the ten notes per second that were the trademark of the Lyon-based musicians, now the approach is radical and the demonstrative varnish fades away in favour of “knowledge”. This same “knowledge” the XIIIth century cleric and knight Gervais de Tilbury praised in his Livre des Merveilles wich the band draws his inspiration from, even borrowing entire dizzying fragments.
This is how CHROMB!’s heroic gest unfolds ! The four tracks, inspired by a fantasized mythology that J.L Borges would not have disavowed, let eventually the light come through… Between medievalism and futurism, the lyrics in French, make use of playful hermeticism and smash the rules to pieces. Less acidic, more structured, the style asserts itself, more and more epic as it is ornament-less.
Labyrinthine tales with sinuous vocal parts here, a noisy symphony there: with Le Livre des Merveille, the incredible gives way to the fabulous… Then, in the distance, the truth bursts out.”