|12 May 2017||Cuneiform Records||Rune 438|
Québec (Canada) band Miriodor have been releasing and performing very technical and perplexing music (classified by most as RIO) for more than three decades. I've listened to some of their records in the past and even caught them live in the early 2000's. This being said I never really got their music enough to follow them regularly, so I was wondering how I would react to their latest album Signal 9.
After the first two tracks (''Venin'' and ''Peinturé dans le coin'') I was quite surprised. It was pretty much like listening to some instrumental Gentle Giant. Sound wise (guitar, keyboards, vibraphone...) they are right on it and the music is quirky enough to come very close to emulating GG. This impression does not last. The next few tracks get darker, more complex and technical, the band coming closer to what they did in the past. Depending on the tracks I hear hints of Happy The Man, King Crimson and Gentle Giant still pops in occasionnally.
Perfectly performed and recorded, Signal 9 is probably one of the most accessible album by Miriodor, but to really enjoy it you must be able to appreciate complex and (sometimes) mind-bending music.