Jongleur Des 4 Vents - Grandval - A Ciel Ouvert...
Label: Not On Label (Grandval Self-released) - VL01 • Format: CD Album Digipack • Country: France • Genre: Rock • Style: Prog Rock
Entendre Les Engoulevents 3. A Ciel Ouvert 4. Aktion T4 6. Jogleur des 4 Vents 7. So here's Grandval, a band project of Henri Vaugrand. According to his bio, the music here was composed some 15 years ago but only this year was at last released on CD. Far from being a one-man band though he sings and plays guitars, bass Lazy Snake - Dave Holland Quartet* - Dream Of The Elders keyboardsHenri gathered a number of guest musicians to help colour the sonic palette of his album.
On drums we have Marshal Semonsut, providing real percussion for most of the album. The album does have a Not As Helpless As I Seem - Challenger 7 - Morris quality to it perhaps in its simplicity regarding instrumentation. There's not much layering except Jongleur Des 4 Vents - Grandval - A Ciel Ouvert... create a vocal chorus and there's an "unedited" aspect, to borrow a term used by a reviewer in Prog Magazine for another self-produced album.
The quality of the mix and overall production, however, doesn't mean that the album sounds poor. As I wrote above, if the artist knows what he's doing, an very fine result is possible, and I feel Henri has achieved that here.
My opening remarks in this review were inspired by the somewhat simple approach to the mix: vocals, guitars, keyboards, bass, drums. There's also a slight looseness often in the music. However, rather than detracting from the enjoyment, the style creates its own atmosphere, and the guest guitarists find their way in working with it.
The music basically has a hard-edged guitar sound which is tempered by the synthesizer and vocal melodies so that the music doesn't come across as heavy or aggressive. Of course to be considered for this web site, one must expect that the music goes beyond the alternative rock sound I've likened it to. The percussion here sounds programmed and again that looser, DIY feel shows up more strongly, but if you enjoy the sound of the French Jongleur Des 4 Vents - Grandval - A Ciel Ouvert...
and Henri's voice like I do, then you'll appreciate his enunciation and how pleasing and cool he makes the French language sound. Keeping in mind that many of PA's prog connoisseurs are looking for something perhaps a little more involved, I rate this album with 3 stars. All be quick to add, however, that I enjoy it and often go around with songs in my head from "A ciel ouvert" and enjoy listening to select tracks and even the whole album often enough.
I welcome anyone interested to give a listen to "Entendre les engoulevents", "Aktion T4", and "A ciel ouvert" on YouTube. This could just be a new sub-genre of DIY, alternative progressive music! You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. A Ciel Ouvert Latest members reviews No review or rating for the moment Submit a review. You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing use forum credentials.
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