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Saturday, March 5, 2011

Yves et Alain Lorentz, France


Yves et Alain Lorentz - Espaces 2. 1978 Arc en Ciel.

I remember when a good friend of mine sent me a cassette of this. 10 minutes in, I knew I had to have it. Fortunately I found a French dealer who had it on one of his lists and I bought the LP immediately. That was back in 1997.

Typical of a French band, "Espaces 2" has that signature compressed and phased out electric guitar sound, mixed with String Ensemble synthesizers (or some facsimile). Somewhat like Sensations' Fix "Portable Madness" minus the rhythm section. Ah, you say, wouldn't that be Falsini's "Cold Nose" then? Well, to some extent yes, but this one has more of a rock feel - so somewhere in between. Other French albums like Ose, Renaud, Archaia and Flamen Dialis provide other guideposts for what you can expect here. Excellent stuff, and even though I think this may have been scored for the film and TV market, it really works as a cohesive LP. Nice embossed gold cover.

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I had stated "RYM lists an Espaces 1 from 1980, but I highly doubt its existence. But that would be cool if I was proven wrong!". And I was proven wrong within an hour of publishing this! Thanks to reader Strawbsfan, he states in the comments: "Espaces 1 exists. I own it. It is not from the Lorentz brothers but by Patrice Sciortino released in 1978 also on the Arc En Ciel label it features the same cover as Espaces 2 only in silver. Similar Sound Library album but with percussion instead."

2 comments:

strawbsfan said...

Espaces 1 exists I own it. It is not from the Lorentz brothers but by Patrice Sciortino released in 1978 also on the Arc En Ciel label it features the same cover as Espaces 2 only in silver.
I can send you a CD-R if you are interested to sample it.
Similar Sound Library album but with percussion instead.

Tom said...

Excellent info. Thanks Strawbsfan!