Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Not New Music Tuesdays

 By TC

Heldon - Interface (1978, Cobra)

As far as I can tell, the French prog scene of the 1970s was composed of Magma, Heldon, and people that played with Magma, Heldon, or both. Richard Pinhas' (and I thought my pseudonym was awesome!) Heldon is by far the more accessible of these two groups and I love damn near everything he ever recorded, but Magma's excellence should not be overlooked by the more adventurous.

'Interface' was Heldon's sixth record, marking somewhat of a turning point in their sound. The King Crimson influence was still heavy on Pinhas' brain, but he started to incorporate a more rhythm heavy, drums/big moog bass sound to accompanyh his Robert Fripp-like guitar work. This may not be the most user-friendly release in the Heldon/Pinhas catalog, but it is certainly one of the most rewarding and a great starting point for the uninitiated.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


9:25 PM  
Anonymous mc said...

big thumbs up of course

do yerself a favor and check the shit out of some fucking LARD FREE from the same time and place, only in my book LARD FREE is king

11:13 PM  
Anonymous atchley said...

excellent. I look forward to this.

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

too much jamming for my tastes.

11:31 AM  
Anonymous Diamond Age said...

Great Record~!

Also check out these Heldon albums for a similar sound/lineup - "Stand By" and "Un reve sans consequence speciale" if you like this release...

1:14 PM  
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2:49 PM  
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2:56 PM  
Anonymous ta/tgt said...

mister pinhas is brilliant. good call.

5:57 PM  
Anonymous aaron gonzalez said...

other 70s french prog groups, not overtly affiliated with magma or heldon (or lard free!), worth checking out: gong, ange, archaia, and eskaton....the 80s had even more badass groups like upsalla, shub niggurath, and superfreego.....though there are depths to this scene which i've not yet been able to plunge....

6:11 PM  
Anonymous twin cheeks said...

i was trying not to get TOO nerdy :)

6:29 PM  
Anonymous Derek said...

I dig

8:20 PM  
Anonymous Loop12 said...

And the Heldon album Electronique Guerilla is a nice listen. Another band to check is Pulsar (http://www.thepulsarband.com) who've been going for about 30 years now.

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