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Fractale: Suranne

Well, what can we say about Suranne Julian Julien's fourth release, under the name of Fractale, which doesn't really prescribe to any specific music genre? If I was to categorise this album then I would say that it is an experimental, electro jazz soundtrack a washed with some space rock tones.

This is an album that isn't quite jazz and in the same breathe isn't quite rock, it is progressive in its approach which broaches all the commented areas in an experimental atmospheric kind of way. It is however quite interesting, if short, a live album that is only punctuated briefly at the end of each composition by the audience. Fractale are French, which is quite evident from the sound and approach that draws to mind for me two comparisons, Swiss band Spaltklang and Frank Zappa.

The melodies and harmonies are quite catchy and memorable being saturated with electrified tuba and saxophone tones, there aren't many solos, but those that are present are rather captivating, whilst the whole set is held together by some succinct synth interaction and precise drum patterns. The band has displayed a headstrong approach which makes what has been presented here very interesting indeed. At only just over twenty seven minutes long this is definitely a band and album that has got a lot to say, being an album for those who don't have an aversion to wind instruments, jazz or the more experimental end of the market.

Track Listing
1 Part XV
2 Part VI
3 Part V
4 Part XVI
5 Part XVII
6 Sans Papier
7 Clementine

Added: May 17th 2011
Reviewer: John OBoyle
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Language: english

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