ARTIST:

MAGMA

(FRANCE)
TITLE:

ESKÄHL 2020

(2021)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

JAZZ

TAGS:
Experimental, Hovering, Instrumental, Jazzy, Old School, Technical
"This double live is a testimony of the Magma live show before it was cut in its momentum. The warmth and freedom that emanates from "Eskâhl 2020" remains very real."
CALGEPO (29.09.2021)  
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Over the years, Magma has built up a fusional, imaginative body of work, without limits or concessions. The group has been able to cultivate and develop its aura well beyond jazz. After a very successful "Zess", the band embarked on a tour, with a reworked line-up, whose momentum was unfortunately broken by the health situation. "Eskähl 2020" is the testimony of this promising beginning of tour in three stages: Perpignan, Toulouse and Bordeaux, which already proved the closeness that Magma has with its audience.

This testimony tends to demonstrate the vigor that has never left the collective. The first disc consists of three tracks that happily exceed 15 minutes of a freedom that, to bring it back to this period, we missed and still miss. The opening track 'Theusz Hamtaak' appears very theatrical and inhabited as a kind of opera that tends to weave a link between Magma's work and classical music. The general interpretation is infallible with always this impression to be on the tangent to get lost in the labyrinthine depths of Magma however without fear so much the group manages to always extend a melodic hand to help to return on a little less sinuous way (the some vocal and keyboards passages of ' Wurda Itah'). With Magma, one has the impression to listen to an elusive whole. 

The climax of this experience is reached by 'Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh' in which the female vocals come into their own, taking an enthusiastic audience with them. The introduction is hypnotic and bewitching as if to lure us to a musical bridge suspended like a kind of Indian raga, between serenity and pain until the abandonment in a Dantesque final. The title is a locomotive of emotions if we abandon ourselves to it. After such a density, the second disc offers another facet of Magma perhaps more readable without denying its postulate "Neither God nor Master".

Kobaïa' opens the second act marking a return to the origins and the bases of Magma's vertigo, which has managed to free itself from codes, multiplying the breaks, pulverizing linearity. Magma's music requires either an effort or an abandonment of oneself. It is not understood, it is lived. We always bathe in Art which is purely of feeling. After this avalanche of notes, Magma has the excellent idea to propose to the public 'Auroville' whose structure leads to the search for harmony like the place to which the title refers. Tröller Tanz' closes the live album as a kind of unbridled fireworks.

"Eskhal 2020" is certainly only the tip of the Magma iceberg that hides under its surface a musical work without limits or complex. It gives an idea that seeing Magma live is an experience to live. The new line-up brings an extra warmth to the tracks in order to make this music as human as it is ambitious.


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Theuz Hamtaahk Anthologie
02. Kobaïa
03. or Tomorrow
04. Auroville
05. Tröller Tanz

LINEUP:
Christian Vander: Chant / Batterie
Hervé Aknin : Chant
Isabelle Feuillebois : Chant
Jimmy Top: Basse
Julie Vander: Chant
Laura Guarrato: Chant
Rudy Blas: Guitares
Sandrine Destafanis: Chant
Stella Vander: Chant
Sylvie Fisichella: Chant
Thierry Eliez: Claviers
   
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TONYB
29/09/2021
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Magma en live ... que dire ... toujours aussi dingue, et cette version raccourcie de Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh est encore une fois dantesque.
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