Aranis - RoqueForte
After two excellent albums of chamber rock (with the accent on 'chamber') by this great Belgian septet (2 violinists, accordion, piano, guitar, flute and double bass) and a third album that mixed things up a little bit by adding three vocalists on some of the tunes, Aranis has returned to their original, instrumental sound...but with a hard twist. The original pianist has been replaced by Pierre Chevalier (Univers Zero and Present) and the septet is now a octet with the addition of Dave Kerman (5uus, Present, U Totem, Thinking Plague) on drums and percussion. Dave plays very lightly, as the music demands and the music sounds better than ever with a subtle percussive thrust. This group has nothing but great albums, but this is the greatest one yet. For fans of Louise Avenue, Cro Magnon, Julverne, Univers Zero, as DAAU, Lars Hollmer, Hamster Theatre, Noetra, Silence IV, Penguin Cafe Orchestra and Gatto Marte. Highly recommended.