Un Automne à Lob-Nor

Un Automne à Lob-Nor [1999]

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The four musicians of Un Automne à Lob-Nor work on a powerfully emotive instrumental music. With bass, guitar, keyboard, and drum kit, they set the scenery, and then it is as if their tunes develop by themselves, as if the path they follow was already known -- not because you have already heard the music, not because it is simplistic. It is just the way it goes through your ears like a soothing liquid down the throat, refined, melancholic, slow; their songs are of the kind one strangely forgets after listening, but feels comfortable and at peace when playing them again. The thing is, there aren't any hit singles in this album to keep on one's mind, but rather a peaceful atmosphere -- and no one can whistle an atmosphere. Un Automne à Lob-Nor could be affiliated with the post-rock movement, for the clarity of their sound, but analyzing creations, it would be too simple to label them as so for they rather focus on the mood, developing their melodies, one or 11 minutes alike, instead of thinking on the basis of a retention/climax scheme.

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