Tuesday, 7 June 2016

L'extrême (Éternité, 1977)

Back to Québec, here you are an interesting track from the album "Les chants de l'éternité" ("Eternity Chants"), released by Éternité, basically a twosome formed by Claude Péloquin and Michel LeFrançois, two eclectic exponents of French Canadian prog scene all along the Seventies. This is a diverse and surprising song, also featuring a couple of beautiful female voices and drummer Gilles Schetagne of Maneige fame. Both acid and symphonic, "L'extrême" offers a charming musical rendition of Péloquin's mystical lyrics, fluctuating between folk elements and jazzy passages, Crimsonian guitars and Woodstock temptations.

The only album by Éternité should be discovered by prog fans.
The way the band revives proto-prog moods and hippy colours in the declining progressive era is sweet and even moving, an audio postcard from the past I simply cherish. Rock will soon leave the ethereal spheres and the existential themes, but these musicians prolonged the dream a little further. I'm so grateful to them...

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