Reviewed by MJBrady on 28 Jul 2002
Imagine a band that is completely devoted to the more abstract and technical aspects of music. Stubbornly attached to dissonance and drastic odd metered tempos. If the oxymoron of organized chaos can apply to a band, Miriodir is the living example of such a combination of extremities. They are a threesome on this recording, with each musician playing an assigned instrument (Globensky - pianos/ LeClerc - drums and percussions/ Hudon - saxes), yet each member also shares the use of synthesizers throughout the cd. How they are able to provide such an immense sound as a combo is stunning. But let me just say that it's attention to detail, and details in bunches abound, every melody is harmonized, either in unison or dissonant tonal variations, over an constantly fluctuating rhytmic foundation, solo's are sparse, as the band favors exacting the notational creations, as a part of the compositional aspect. Very few people are attempting such creative genius, at least in music anyway, one might say that someone with this much determination to create such complexity in musical ambitions, may as well be creating inventions of a usable nature. Well we should be thankful of such inventive composers, as we are the beneficiaries of their long labored episodes at the writing table. This is music for prog listeners that are bent on the radical works of Zappa, Universe Zero, French TV, Art Bears, not for casual listeners or impatient persons. Very experimental indeed.