Canadian progressive rock sung in French, the music of JellyFiche should have massive appeal to fans the both contemporary progressive rock and modern progressive rock.
Openly fans of early progressive rock, JellyFiche inject lots of references to the classic masters of prog rock into the tunes on this release. Thus, there is the lushness associated with Yes, the melodicism of Genesis, and the quirkiness of King Crimson - and, in a track like the magnificent 'Au nom d'Apo Calypso', you can also hear the Eastern-inspired exoticisms associated with much psychedelic music of the 1970s, and you can also expect jazzy interludes and piano-based mellow and melancholic intermezzos. While not really a heavy band, JellyFiche do, however, seem to take inspiration from Canadian prog hard rockers Rush, reflected in certain compositional-structural features (just check some of the passages in 'L'autre monde'), and 'Le marchand d'hommes' features some progged up Led Zeppelin-like grooves.
So, there is plenty of stuff for the fan of 60s and 70s progressive rock. But these elements are combined with elements from electronica such as electric drum beats, as in the intro of the otherwise King Crimson-inspired 'Genèse' and in the The Prodigy-esque introduction to the otherwise quite funky alt-rocker 'Trahison' (whose chorus oozes mass appeal and catchiness, and which contains a James-Bond-on-dope-bridge). There are also hints of ambient electronic music to be heard on the album. And these electronica-derived elements work quite well with the progressive rock sound that is the base sound of this album.
Symbiose is a fine, and well balanced, varied and yet focused, progressive rock release, which - with its expressivity and sophistication - definitely qualifies as the thinking person's rock music. Fans of progressive rock in general should check it out.
1. Le Vide
6. Au nom d'Apo Calypso
7. Les amants de la guerre
8. Le Marchand d'Hommes
10. L'Autre Monde