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Yang - A Complex Nature - 2004 - Cuneiform Records

Yang, a French quartet whose stunning compositons combine intricate guitar parts with driving rock, is the newest project led by French guitarist and composer Frederic L’Epée. L’Epée’s former projects include founding two of the most intriguing all-instrumental bands to emerge from France and capture international interest: Shylock and Philharmonie. Yang, L’Epee’s post-Philharmonie band, extends some of Philarmonie’s compositional ideas while adopting a harder tempered, more rock-based approach. Featuring the 'standard' line-up of two guiarists, bass and drums, Yang play a dynamic instrumental music that rocks hard, and which bears comparisons to groups such as Gordian Knot and King Crimson. L’Epée formed Yang in September, 2002. Yang’s debut album consists of 8 compositions written by L’Epée with each of the specific band members in mind. The band recorded the album quickly, spending only 3 days in the studio in a conscious attempt to harness the power and spontanaety of live performance. Featuring intricate and often beautiful guitar pieces embedded in harder-tempered rock compositions, complex rhythms and melodic modes not previously seen in L’Epée’s work, and a rich variety of guitar treatments, A Complex Nature is an inventive, dynamic and accessible instrumental work that rocks hard. It is, in L’Epée’s own words: “the next step after Philharmonie’s last albums: Rage and The Last Word.” This exciting and hard-rocking album features some subtly stunning work from all players, and is probably as close to an 'air guitar' album as you will ever hear from Cuneiform! © all rights reserved http://cuneiformrecords.bandcamp.com/album/a-complex-nature

If you like the music of the King Crimson after 1974, this album is surely for you. It has all the marks of a KC classic, but do not think it's just another copy/paste work. These French guys are making an extremely powerful combination of Fripp sounding guitar with modern fusion elements. Get it, you won't regret it! A true masterpiece. - ***** Progressive rock at very high level! By & © Alex on December 21, 2004 © 1996-2014, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates http://www.amazon.com/Complex-Nature-Yang/dp/B0002T7YZI

Guitarist Frederic L'Epee has long been thought of as France's answer to Robert Fripp, ever since his '70s work with the clearly King Crimson-influenced progressive band Shylock. With his '90s group Philharmonie, his solo work, and the debut album by his latest outfit Yang, however, L'Epee has moved far beyond mere mimicry. Complex Nature, despite its forbidding and slightly pretentious title, is actually an entirely accessible instrumental rock project featuring a two-guitar (L'Epee and his former student Julien Vecchie) front line over the rhythm section of bassist Stephane Bertrand and former Philharmonie drummer Volodia Brice. The eight compositions were recorded quickly, giving them a less polished edge than the occasionally too-polite Philharmonie, and unlike L'Epee's solo work, which occasionally trifles with mere prettiness (kind of like Bill Nelson's less-inspired releases), each of them starts with a well-crafted melodic and rhythmic base over which the players develop some complex interrelations. The concise nature of the pieces -- nearly all of which are in the four- to six-minute range -- means that the solos by L'Epee and Vecchie don't have time to veer off into unmanageable tangents, and showboating is kept to a minimum: Yang is definitely a group, with a rhythmic interplay that recalls great guitar bands like Television (especially on the dramatic ballad "Compassion") and, yes, King Crimson (particularly on the opening "Les Deux Mondes," which also features a terrific overdriven rhythm guitar riff by Vecchie that recalls Mission of Burma's telegraphic style). This is thoroughly enjoyable, straightforward instrumental art rock with few of the style's usual drawbacks. © Stewart Mason © 2014 AllMusic, a division of All Media Network, LLC. | All Rights Reserved http://www.allmusic.com/album/a-complex-nature-mw0000390085

Brilliant instrumental rock fusion from the great French guitarist Frederic L'Epee and Yang. This band has been compared to the mighty King Crimson, and nothing wrong with that if you can produce music of the quality of the monumental Robert Fripp & Co. Yang have easily achieved that with this inventive, progressive rock/fusion album. This is quality stuff and albums of this calibre are rare nowadays. HR by A.O.O.F.C. Listen to Yang’s “Machines” album and promote real original fusion and progressive rock [All tracks @ 320 Kbps: File size = 112 Mb]


1. The Two Worlds 8:13
2. Subterranean 6:38
3. Innocent Seducer 5:48
4. Compassion 4:28
5. Homme-Enfant 4:43
6. Impatience 7:04
7. The Red Mask 5:28
8. Pride 5:54

All tracks composed by Frederic L`Epee


Frédéric L'Epée, Julien Vecchié - Guitar
Stéphane Bertrand - Bass
Volodia Brice - Drums

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