Exposé Online banner

Eidôlon — Dreamland
(Musea Parallele MP3089, 2009, CD)

by Dan Marsh, Published 2011-06-01

Dreamland Cover art

Eidôlon is a French band consisting of a keyboardist / guitarist, violin / bass, and a drummer. Dreamland is a seven-part 50-minute piece based on a poem by Edgar Allan Poe. The disc has many different moods ranging from icy airy sounds to full-on Hammond B-3/guitar instrumental workouts. I hear a lot of Meddle-era Pink Floyd from this band. The first cut, “Vacuum,” starts out with an airy bird chirping soundscape before morphing into a frontal psychedelic ambient mode. A great way to start out the album. The second cut, “Idein,” at over 20 minutes is the centerpiece of the album. The piece starts out softly with a slow ethereal synthesizer / violin intro before going into an understated guitar theme. Building slowly, the music turns towards a stately organ / violin duet. Dreamy and atmospheric vocals complete the barren landscape given by the emotions of the song. A totally hypnotic piece that keeps your attention throughout its entire length due to the shifting timbres and musical themes that occur. “Topos” changes direction by becoming a funk type work-out with abstracted vocals that bubble just beneath the musical surface. The remaining four pieces continue to alternate between musical forms and timbres, never once becoming predicable and/or boring. Recommended for fans of organ-driven progressive rock.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 39, 2009 releases

Related artist(s): Eidôlon

Latest news

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Genre Peak - Ends of the Earth – Genre Peak is the trio of Martin Birke (vocals, drum programming, percussion), Daniel Panasenko (Stick, upright bass), and Stephen Sullivan (guitar, guitar synth, backing vocals). I reviewed an album...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues