The Grand Sbam, a French bastard music ensemble, will release their new album “Furvent” on December 11, 2020 release via boutique label Dur et Doux.
We are thrilled to have beloved BetreutesProggen.de, website for all sounds crazy, premiering the album in full!
BetreutesProggen.de notes: “With no less than five singers, the main focus is on vocal escapades, which then also dispel everything that there is in terms of human vocalizations. There is moaning, hacking, a crescendo of wildly rattling syllables let loose on the listener or even attempts at Chinese…“
“With the addition of Zeuhl (an incarnation of Magma strolling in Hieronymus Bosch’s “Garden of Earthly Delights”), Jazz and Avant Prog, an exciting brew is created that takes some getting used to, which either transports the listener into boundless ecstasy or prepares them for every confession like a Chinese torture.”
The Grand Sbam embarks with “Furvent“ on a new journey in octet, to meet the wind and the natural elements, inspired by A. Damasio‘s novel: The horde of the counterwind and by the symbolism of the Yi King (I Ching).
Carved in the continuous flow of sound, the music of the ensemble is a de-fluence, a circumvention, an inflection of air and time. An impetuous flow of sound defying musical boundaries. Nowhere between Rock, Contemporary Music, Ancient Music, Jazz, Electroacoustics, it draws sharp lines and curves on the back of our disintegrating present. It plunges the listener into a familiar universe with an unpredictable future, caresses him like a soft zephyr and propels him straight into the eye of a cyclone.
Powerful and delicate, virtuoso and sensitive, Furvent‘s music, composed for four hands by Guilhem Meier and Antoine Arnera, is nourished by contrast, developing a furious madness charged with symbols and poetry. It explores the multiple and hybrid possibilities of a singular instrumental ensemble with generous tones, mixing electric and acoustic sounds.
Singing is omnipresent, oscillating between solos, duets, choirs, in polyphonies, monodies and counterpoints, made up of onomatopoeia, invented words and French sometimes distorted or compressed in order to shift the meaning in the sounds and to infuse the speech with strange and musical colors, of the type “soufli blastou sifloventéoval rafali tonutriyè tiotiènio éolié laliéné“, or “chu yu yu you yo ya wa ya kin, dwendet dwen det“. This broad use of the voice is wrapped in an avalanche of acoustic and electric sounds, with the presence of Progressive Rock typical instrument as the Mellotron, and the Cymbalum, ancestor of the piano. Synthesized, Bass, Piano, Rhodes, Semi-electric Drums, Marimba and percussions collide and implode, generating a cosmic Blast, which is also called The Grand Sbam.
1. La trace
3. Yi Yin I Tchen (Le tonnerre)
4. Yi Yin I Souen (Le vent)
5. Yi Yin I Li (Le feu)
6. Yi Yin I K’ouen (La terre)
7. Yi Yin I Touei (Le lac)
8. Yi Yin I K’ien (Le ciel)
9. Yi Yin I Kan (L’eau)
10. Yi Yin I Ken (La montagne)
11. Choon Choon