05 is both a fresh new start for Scherzooand a natural evolution of the keyboards driven formula introduced in its last album.
Mostly recorded in a live setting, this is the sound of a band brimming with confidence, benefiting from the stability of its line-up and strengthened by four years of playing together. Signing with Lizard Records marks a important new step for the french quartet, a perfect fit since the open mindedness of the Italian label joins perfectly the band’s desire to broaden its musical horizons.
Fender Rhodes and organ are still the main focus, but the addition of Mellotrons, synthesisers, Clavinet or acoustic piano results in the sonically most refined and diverse Scherzooalbum to date, which will strongly appeal to all lovers of vintage keyboards.
05 brings also another voice (sort of speak for an all instrumental music !) with leader François Thollot sharing for the first time the compositional duties with keyboardist Grégoire Plancher, who contributes with two original numbers. Blending effortlessly Avant-prog,Canterbury flavoured sound or Classic Prog, and reaching its climax with the epic 14 minutes of «Tsunami», the eight tracks explores both darkness and light, taking the listener through a musical trip full of twist and turns and memorable melodic ideas
1. Sunday Therapy (3:15)
2. Le Réveil (7:25)
3. Plastic Lizard (6:24)
4. XZ/02 (8:37)
5. Tourmente Des Nombres (5:51)
6. Bacchanales Bucoliques (3:48)
7. Le Baron Perché (4:39)
8. Tsunami (14:10)
Clément Curaudeau: Drums
Anthony Pontet: Electric Piano, Organ, Synths
Grégoire Plancher: Electric Piano, Mellotron
François Thollot: Bass
A short biography
Scherzoo, from Lyon, France, was founded in 2005 by the composer and multi-instrumentalist François Thollot, driven by his love for vintage progressive music. During its first years and through Thollot’s encounters with musicians from the rich Lyon scene, the band experienced different line-ups, recording the 01, 02 and 03 albums for the Soleil Zeuhl label and playing in progressive festivals in France and Germany. Since 2016 though it has stabilised around a unique bass/drums/dual-keyboard formula, producing the 04 album which marked a crucial step in the band’s stylistic evolution with its now organ driven sound.
The quartet’s music, entirely instrumental, combines in a cinematic and intricate way many influences from the various styles of progressive rock (Canterbury, Zeuhl, RIO, Jazz Fusion, Symphonic Prog), but also draws its inspiration from jazz and classical/contemporary music.