This band's career spends over five albums released between 1974 and 1983. Often referred to as the Belgian answer to ZAO, they offer a mixture of prog rock, jazz and Canterbury styles, drawing their influences mainly from MAGMA, KING CRIMSON, HATFIELD AND THE NORTH, and of course, ZAO. They are led by flautist/guitarist Daniel Schell and feature the unique vocals of his wife, Pascale Son, who uses nonsense syllables to suggest a semblance of language; she also plays the oboe. The rest of the regular cast include Robert Dartsch on drums, Alain Goutier on bass and Charles Loos on keyboards.
Each of their albums has its own sound: "Babel", emphasizes Pascale's vocals; "Swiss Chalet" has a particular African feel; as for "Pasiones", it is a strange mixture of styles (SOFT MACHINE, Canterbury, operatic and Latin American). However, their strongest are their first two releases, "Postaeolian Train Robbery" (1974) and "Viva Boma" (1976). They are a mixture of jazzy and surrealistic sounds with some off-beat, humorous twists.
If you like the idea of ZAO or MAGMA with a real goofy edge, then these two albums are highly recommended.
Lise (HIBOU), CANADA
Postaeolian Train Robbery - 1972