Narr are a French four piece and Oxymore Dans La Chrysalide Des Reves is their debut album. I'm not sure if there is a genre called Goth-Prog, however that would be an apt description of what Narr are all about. During most of the music on the album Narr use Clement Warner's bass guitar as the focal point and more often than not Kalevi Uibo's guitars are left in the background. In essence what this leads to is an extremely down beat, depressing sound. Combine that to the joint vocals of Werner and Uibo, which are low key to say the least, imagine Mariusz Duda of Riverside singing on the day he had his house burgled, failed all his exams and was stood up by his girlfriend, and you will get some idea of just how morose it all is.
On the very few occasions that the tempo is lifted, for example on "Au Bal Des Larves", it does very little to lift the mood and in fact doesn't sit well with the overall feel going on elsewhere.
The only respite across the whole album is when flute player Laurent Lefebvre takes over; his skills shine through the gloom and provide a welcome moment of hope. His contributions are all too short though and as before we are back to gentle strumming, slow beats and tiresome bass noodling.
It is hard to differentiate between the tracks and even after countless listens it's barely possible to work out which song is playing.
Harsh as it may sound, Oxymore Dans La Chrysalide Des Reves sounds like a jam session from where song ideas should have grown and expanded, rather than becoming the actual songs themselves.
1. Zepter Des Narren
2. Ronces Et Iconoclasme
3. La Lyre Cornue Pleure
4. La Dune Bleue
5. Au Bal Des Larves
6. Cephalée Neptunienne (Odravyel)
7. Murènes Du Léthé