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MIRIODOR - Cobra Fakir - CD - Cuneiform Records - 2013

In our review of Miriodor's previous release we have acknowledged Miriodor's distinguishable compositional character. On this latest release, Miriodor proves us right again.

In a more compact form of trio, the band remains playful. This instrumental, modern, progressive music juggles around the listener as if he is visiting in an adult amusement park.

The extensive use of keyboards in various shades (all three members share the keyboards credits, in addition to the other instruments they employ - guitars, bass, banjo, piano, drums and turntables) is colorful and remains organic, portraying sceneries of exquisite marvel. As a result, the knotty music is so well articulated and detailed, so much that it becomes animated. Animated, but somewhat surreal.

The vividness of both the compositions and their performance makes up for any lack of immediacy, as although engaging melodies do visit from time to time (such as the guitar lines on the harmonious "Tandem," which at times sounds like a lush version of King Crimson) it seems like Miriodor's main intention was not to make you hum the tunes but to create a unique adventure which you will keep coming back to; just like an amusement park, we did say.

Cobra Fakir is inviting ("La Roue"), scary and mighty ("Titan"), mischievously elegant ("Speed-dating sur Mars"), leisured yet ominous ("Maringouin"); it's taunting (the mostly electronic "Space Cowboy"), and it has arcade features ("Un cas siberien"). What are you waiting for? Go buy a ticket! (9/10)

 

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ISSUE 78
ALBUM REVIEWS

(A-B)  (B-D)  (D-G)  (G-K)  (K-M)  (M-P)  (P-S)  (S-ST)  (S-W)  (W-Z)

KANTO ARBORETUM
The Prosperous

KOUZIN BEDLAM
Longing for the

LAVELLE MATT / ...
Sumari

LIBEREZ
All Tense Now L

LUNARSAPIAN
A Slow, Painful

LYKAION
Heavy Lullabies

MINUTIAN
Inwards

MIRIODOR
Cobra Fakir

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