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Caillou, France

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Nothing new from this band since January 2015. I do hope they march on!

Caillou - s/t. 2013 Soleil Zeuhl

New all instrumental group from France that is firmly within the confines of the jazz rock wing of the Zeuhl factory. Fender Rhodes and electric guitar  lead the solo parade (and both will occasionally fuzz out, much to my glee). Drumming is scattered in the jazz tradition, while the bass rumbles along, trying to hold it all together. Analog synthesizer definitely adds much needed color. Comparisons I've read to One Shot are spot on. Caillou are their best when they attempt songwriting, and throw in a memorable melody or two (such as on 'Victor F.' and '200 Toiles'). It stands as a fine debut, though they can certainly improve in the composition department, while adding a bit more complexity and trimming off the solo excess. It can seem a bit monolithic over the course of the 55 minutes on display. I look forward to where they go from here.

Last update: August 31, 2016

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