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Ceux du Dehors (1981)

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Sven B. Schreiber To say it clearly from the start: This is one of the best albums OF ALL TIMES! In a time, when art rock was failing to open up new directions, and punk and new wave were quickly taking over the music market, a handful of RIO musicians kept on standing solid like a rock, faithful against the tide. At this time, "Ceux du dehors" was one of my most-played albums, along with "Musique pour l'Odyssée" by "Art Zoyd", and "Western Culture" by "Henry Cow". All of them are available on Bandcamp by now! Favorite track: Bonjour chez vous.
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Third album (1981) by the Belgian band Univers Zero.

Performed by :

Daniel Denis
Andy Kirk
Guy Segers
Michel Berckmans,
Patrick Hanappier
Jean Lefebvre
Jean-Luc Aimé
Hona Chale
Thierry Zaboitzeff

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released January 6, 2016

The title alludes to the short story of the same name by H. P. Lovecraft; the players read the story in studio, then proceeded to record the piece. A key release for the band. ‘Ceux du Dehors’ sometimes suggests a darker and more complex version of the motorik minimalism of classical music contemporaries Philip Glass and Steve Reich mixed with the Bartok and Pärt.

This album finds the group continuing to evolve and return to the more general and varied chamber music sound of their first release, except with more precision and skill. The tricky charts of percussionist Daniel Denis and new keyboardist Andy Kirk are executed with great panache. The labyrinthine compositions are typically filled with unexpected twists and turns, and angular repetitions of jagged riffs that accelerate, decelerate and mutate in passages of acute tension or quiet but ominous dread.

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Univers Zero Ecaussinnes, Belgium

Univers Zero (also known as Univers Zéro and Univers-Zero[1]) are an instrumental progressive Belgian band formed in 1974 by drummer Daniel Denis. The band is known for playing dark music heavily influenced by 20th-century chamber music.

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