Taking their name from one of the earliest speculative fiction writers, Julverne peform a classically inspired music, whose very occasional tangents into darker territory within this chamber sort of format undoubtedly draw comparisons to their more well known Belgian contemporaries.
They included a revolving line up led by flute and sax player Pierre Coulon and violin and trombone player Jeannot Gillis. So there is really no surprise that there are similarities in style to both bands.
However, Julverne is more like Univers Zero's happier, more cosmopolitan younger brother. The ensemble's first album was released in , and unlike their more aggressive musical brethren, Julverne don't have any drums. In fact, they only seem to be a rock band by comparison, as this truly seems to be a chamber group performing original music with influences of Satie, Bartok, Debussy, and the less dissonant measures of Stravinksy. The instrumentation is typical of chamber music with piano, strings, horns and winds, and these are arranged in many lovely ways over Coulonneux's ten-track duration.
In fact, the similarities to Univers Zero and Art Zoyd are largely the musical format, as this is never angry or strident in the least. However, Julverne was certainly considered an experimental band by the musical collective that made it up, and the compositions reflect an exploratory ethic in their use of keys, modes and arrangements.
Without getting into music theory, it can still be said that most of the compositions often start out in a fresh and accessible mode before veering off into a tangent belying the 20th Century influences of the band.
It's a gorgeous album and rather idiosyncratic, even in comparison to the ensemble's RIO-drafted contemporaries. A Neuf was an even more mature effort, starting with an ambitious three-piece suite. While Julverne's chamber music approach implies a sort of serious study, musically there were bits of humor sneaking into the compositions nonetheless, such as the second part of the suite, "Un Peu Pretentieux" A Bit Pretentious.
Musically this is also true, with the ensemble's occasional tangents into sly, goofy, or zany territory. One may be listening to some beautiful arranged chamber piece before the whole group speeds off in another direction, as if Bugs Bunny was yet again leading Elmer Fudd off on another wild goose chase.
In fact, if anything sets apart Julverne from cousins Univers Zero, it's this omnipresent playfulness. Do not get me wrong a good deal of progheads will find many qualities to this album but this is really ouside the scope of the Archives.
The acoustic strings ensemble see the picture on the opening Julverne page is quite fun if you enjoy that type of music , but I doubt this will spin more than 4 or 5 times in your deck if you are to invest in this otherwise superb Art-Nouveau artwork sleeve impeccably reproduced by Beatball records.
Chile - Entre la Inseguridad y el Ego. Originally Posted by Enid. Originally Posted by TCC. I am overwhelmed. So much music out there that I've missed. Thank you everyone.
Originally Posted by Mascodagama. All times are GMT The time now is PM. All rights reserved. This third and second last album is actually quite different to the others. They received a lot of heat from their followers from having done such a daring project that brings you back from the start of the 20th century until the 30's.
Actually this album is really almost classical music with slight jazz leanings and cabaret music a bit like Mistinguette at the Moulin Rouge but in terms of prog rock music , there is little to hear. Do not get me wrong a good deal of progheads will find many qualities to this album but this is really ouside the scope of the Archives.
The acoustic strings ensemble see the picture on the opening Julverne page is quite fun if you enjoy that type of music , but I doubt this will spin more than 4 or 5 times in your deck if you are to invest in this otherwise superb Art-Nouveau artwork sleeve impeccably reproduced by Beatball records. To me, as I mentioned in the first paragraph , the family tree was certainly the most interesting part of this release.
If you can provide any of this stuff please contact me. Aint No Right - Janes Addiction - SexnDrugsnRocknRoll Prog Archives, All rights reserved. This third and second last album Mejico Tango - Julverne - Emballade . actually quite different to the others. Die oberen Zehntausend The Muppets - Rainbow Connection / I Hope That Somethin Better Comes Along still beavering away getting Roundabout - Yes - Yesstory last of this new batch uploaded, but they'll be up shortly. I just want to let everyone know that Eric's been away from posting due to some This four disc boot is a var Ain't Nobody's Business
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