• The painting behind the painting

    28 Feb 2007, 13:12 by RocketShipX41

    Anamorphose - Palimpseste (1986)

    This relatively obscure Belgian band was a pleasant treat to discover. They play electric jazz rock with some Middle Eastern influences, and I really enjoy the energy they bring to the material. Saxes/flutes and violin are the primary lead instruments, and they're backed by keyboards, bass and drums. I'm a sucker for odd meters, and Anamorphose has got 'em. This seems to be a live album, though crowd noises only show up occasionally. A few minor fluffs attest to the lack of overdubs or post-recording fixes. I enjoy this quite a bit, and I'm not sure why it isn't better known. Comaprisons to other European fusion bands are not out of line: Companyia Electrica Dharma is mentioned, and Ananga Ranga comes to mind, though I like this better than either of those. It's up there near Aera in quality, though without guitar of course. There's even a bit of fiery trading fours that reminds me of Mahavishnu Orchestra