Miriodor - Mekano

Year of Release: 2001
Label: Cuneiform Records
Catalog Number: Rune 148
Format: CD
Total Time: 57:25:00

Miriodir was one of the bands that made a big impression at NEARFest 2002 in my opinion. The crowd enjoyed the band's show, an intense stage presence, and some very challenging music to hear for the first time. Made up of very capable musicians, the band powered through some intense instrumentals. Mekano captures that live spirit, combining intense guitar and keyboard workouts, with horns and violin. They give off a Gentle Giant vibe during "Mine Of Nothingness," but that is just a point of reference as this is some unique stuff. The band composes together, and the instruments play such varied melody lines from each other, it can be quite a mind-blowing listen trying to pick out all the different parts.

Though challenging, the music is at times very melodic, so I don't see this as too "Out There" for people. Guitarist Bernard Falaise can really tear up the guitar leads. Keyboardist Pascal Globensky seems to make everything happen though with his varying sounds and approach. It is such a pleasure to listen to such complex, well-executed music because it never sounds forced. All the sections fit together like pieces of a puzzle. All I can say is strap yourself in and get ready for the rollercoaster ride, but as scary as it might be, when its over you always want to get on again

The Famous Loop (0:28) / Bugs (4:06) / The Warlock (6:29) / Mine Of Nothingness (3:49) / Centipede (1:03) / In A Manner Of Speech (6:27) / IGA (0:41) / A Master Tape Snack (3:35) / The Soldier King (4:08) / Bulgarian Cave (5:56) / Aztec Boogie (4:54) / The Inevitable (5:17) / Avatar (5:16) / The Ghost Of M.C. Escher (6:22) / Polka Of The Spheres (1:14)

Bernard Falaise ? guitar, bass, fretless
Pascal Globensky ? piano, synths
Remi Leclerc ? drums
Nicolas Masino ? bass, piano
Marie-Chantal Leclair ? sax
Marie-Soleil Belanger ? violin
Nemo Venba - trumpet

Rencontres (1986/1998) (reissue has bonus tracks)
Tot Ou Tard (1988?)
Miriodor (1988)
Third Warning (1991)
Jongleries ?lastiques (Elastic Juggling) (1995)
Mekano (2001)
Parade/Live At NEARFest (2005)

Genre: RIO

Origin CA

Added: February 23rd 2003
Reviewer: Eric Porter

Artist website: www.miriodir.com
Hits: 1070
Language: english


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