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The release of EZ3kiel's new album comes over 20 years after the group's formation in 1992. While few groups can boast such a long life together, the most notable thing about EZ3kiel is their constant desire to make their music evolve over the years and their refusal to stand still. This goes to show how important creativity is to longevity.
LUX (recorded at the Alma Studio in La Riche near Tours in France), EZ3kiel's tenth album, emphatically proves that point with ease. The one thing these 10 new songs have in common is that they all grab you at the first listen. Labelling EZ3kiel's music has always been a vain task with tags ranging from post-rock, ambient or dub to electronic or classical. That it is so tough to categorize their sounds demonstrates the group's desire to take influences from the whole musical sphere to create their own unique universe rather than focus on any one specific genre.
And the universe portrayed by LUX is rich, brimming over with details and easy to get lost in. LUX can be both welcoming and warm ("L'oeil du cyclone"), more disturbing ("Lux"), even melancholy ("Never over") and often hypnotic ("Dead in Valhalla", "Stereochrome"). EZ3kiel use all their ability to convey atmosphere and emotion through these ten songs. The group also invited talented artists to guest on the record such as Pierre Mottron ("Anonymous") and Laetitia Sheriff ("Eclipse") on vocals and Pierre Bloch on violin for two songs.
LUX is a perfectly coherent album as whole and yet it also depicts a universe with opposing forces. On this record, the group enjoyed twinning mechanical and organic elements to give firmly hybrid and pluridisciplinary results.
Because rather than just bringing musicians together to form a whole, EZ3kiel's aim is to create a broader overall artistic vision which works simultaneously on musical, stage-based, visual, technological and interactive levels. LUX's release shouldn't really be seen as an end in itself then, but as an introduction. It is a starting point for a new creative space which will evolve over time through performance and meeting an audience.
Johann Guillon: guitar, programming, keyboards, EBow.
Stephane Babiaud: drums, vibraphone, percussion, keyboards, vocals.
Sylvain Joubert: bass, guitar, keyboards.
Yann Nguema: visuals, technology, machines
Next shows :
26/02/15 - St-Etienne (42) Le Fil
27/02/15 - Bourg en Bresse (01) La Tannerie
28/02/15 - Fribourg (CH) Fri-son
12/03/15 - Marseille (13) Le Moulin
13/03/15 - Perpignan (66) El Mediator
14/03/15 - Clermont-Ferrand (63) Coopérative de Mai
19/03/15 - Orléans (45) L'Astrolabe
20/03/15 - St-Nazaire (44) Le VIP
21/03/15 - Cergy (95) L'Observatoire
26/03/15 - Montreuil Bellay (49) La Closerie
27/03/15 - Fontenay S/Bois (94) Salle Jacques Brel
02/04/15 - Nanterre (92) Festival Chorus
03/04/15 - Limoges (87) Centre Culturel John Lennon
04/04/15 - Cholet (49) Festival Les Z'Eclectiques
11/04/15 - La Rochelle (17) La Sirène
28/04/15 - Meylan (38) L'Hexagone
29/04/15 - Meylan (38) L'Hexagone
30/04/15 - Nice (06) Théâtre Lino Ventura
Past shows :
30/04/15 - Nice (06) Théâtre Lino Ventura
03/10/14 - Boulogne S/Mer (62) Le Poulpaphone
11/10/14 - Aurillac (15) Halle in Rock Festival
16/10/14 - Le Havre (76) Ouest Park
17/10/14 - Paris (75) MAMA / La Cigale
31/10/14 - Nantes (44) Stereolux
01/11/14 - Nevers (58) Nevers à Vif
04/11/14 - Merignac (33) Krakatoa
05/11/14 - Toulouse (31) Bikini
06/11/14 - Montpellier (34) Victoire 2
07/11/14 - Castres (81) Lo Bolegason
08/11/14 - Biarritz (64) L'Atabal
12/11/14 - Rennes (35) L'Etage
13/11/14 - Brest (29) La Carène
14/11/14 - Vannes (56) L’Echonova
15/11/14 - Le Mans (72) Bebop festival
20/11/14 - St Maximin (83) Espace culturel
21/11/14 - Annemasse (74) Chateau Rouge
22/11/14 - Audincourt (25) Le Moloco
26/11/14 - Nancy (54) L'Autre Canal
27/11/14 - Magny Le Hongre (77) File 7
28/11/14 - Luxembourg (LU) Rockhal
29/11/14 - Lille (59) L'Aeronef
30/11/14 - Sannois (95) EMB
09/12/14 - Paris (75) Le Bataclan
10/12/14 - Strasbourg (67) La Laiterie
11/12/14 - Lyon (69) Transbordeur
12/12/14 - Chateaurenard (84) Salle de l'Etoile
13/12/14 - Cahors (46) Les Docks
18/12/14 - Joue Les Tours (37) Espace Malraux. . .