So I just found out that the new Magma album, "Felicite Thosz", was released a few days ago. Since "K.A." and "E.R." were both comprised largely of unrecorded material from the 70s, I was curious as to what this would sound like (although apparently the group has been playing the piece live since 2009). The album is an expensive import so I'm currently listening to it on youtube, which has posted a little over half of it so far.
Initial thoughts: apparently the album is only 32 minutes long, which makes it almost more of an EP. 28 minutes is taken up by the title track, divided into ten sections, followed by a 4-minute coda. So far I've heard five of the ten sections, and the coda. While I must admit that I can't really judge the work until I have heard it in its entirety, I can say that my initial impressions are good, but not great.
In short, while this music is certainly recognizably Magma, it is much mellower and more lighthearted than anything I can think of from them. That's not necessarily a bad thing, although the volcanic intensity I usually associate with the band just isn't there. The music is more classical than jazz oriented, with lots of acoustic piano and plenty of vocals. The vocals are reminiscent of the MDK period. It's all enjoyable, but it's all passing by at a leisurely pace...it's a little strange, coming from this band.
Has anyone actually heard the whole album, yet? Thoughts?
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