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Koid'9 Magazine, France

Koid'9 Magazine, France

"Au-delà des ombres" est avant tout le beau bébé du québécois Robin Gaudreault, qui signe là toutes les musiques, qui chante, qui joue de nombreux instruments… (véritable homme-orchestre, il a plus d'une corde à sa guitare (notamment à sa basse : 8 cordes !) qui co-produit également ; mais qui, sans l'aide de comparses musiciens, auteurs, etc (bref, de nombreux "sages-femmes" et "sages-hommes") n'aurait sûrement pas pu mettre ce bébé au monde dans d'aussi bonnes conditions. Cet album est un merveilleux projet, arrivé à maturité, et à mettre entre toutes les oreilles. Une musique éthérée, de superbes voix (des combinaisons vocales qui laissent sur le cul !) et d'excellents instrumentistes. Et même si ça manque d'un peu de folie, si c'est un tantinet trop sage, il reste que le tout s'écoute parfaitement bien et que ça flirte très souvent avec le magnifique. En tout cas, un régal pour les esgourdes. Ça repose; c'est un vrai bonheur. Un autre ! Un autre ! Ce sera mon vœu pour la nouvelle année.




Tarkus Magazine, Norvège

Tarkus Magazine, Norvège

Quebec-based Ere G is lead by vocalist and songwriter Robin Gaudrealt who also plays bass, guitar and keyboards. The group joins the wave of fascinating recent French-Canadian names like Miriodor, Hamadryad, Nathan Mahl, Interférence Sardines and Dagmähr, whose company Ipso Facto now releases "Au-delà des ombres". Compared to these artists, Ere G has more in common with older progressive bands from Quebec, with backbone groups like Morse Code, Opus 5, Etcetera, Pollen, Conventum, Maneige and Harmonium. Especially the spheric, symphonic folkrock of Harmonium has put its mark on Gaudreault without preventing the music from appearing very personal. Because harmonically, this is far more sophisticated and intelligent than the average modern prog in the same vein (i.e. Cast, Turquoise, Finisterre). Instrumentally, there are orchestrations made by various analogue synths, Mellotron samples (extremely well executed), six- and twelwe string guitars, flute and violin, with less emphasis on rhythm instruments. Several of the basically accessible songs are melodically strong and has dream-like qualities that constantly produce goosebumps (La Traversée, Infantes, Ardeur Ternie), everything is performed with careful consideration of the "pure" esthetique (French lyrics, for one), and the record as such is devoid of pretentious banalities. Extremely well done by a band of this kind in 2002, and heartily recommended.




Cosmos Music, Saint-Egrève, France

Cosmos Music, Saint-Egrève, France

En cette période de frimas, voici une formation capable de vous faire croire que le printemps est déjà là ! Ce premier album d'Ere G offre en effet de délicates ambiances symphoniques, qui mêlent avec délice les parfums des "Cinq Saisons" d'Harmonium et du Genesis de la période 1973-76, mais en insistant davantage sur le versant acoustique. Voilà certes des références des plus connues, mais avouez que leur association n'est pas si fréquente... On baigne ainsi littéralement dans le mellotron, le moog, le piano et la guitare 12 cordes, sans oublier le chant, oeuvrant souvent en harmonie ou en choeur et qui s'avère des plus exquis... Mais, ce qui explique au final le succès de cet album, c'est sa mise en forme impeccable. La production est limpide, tandis que les arrangements et l'instrumentation, très riches, ajoutent beaucoup de charme et sont vraiment convaincants. Et si les compositions ne sont pas forcément des plus alambiquées, elles ont beaucoup de charme, de fraîcheur, et une forte personnalité...

ZNR, Kentucky, USA

ZNR, Kentucky, USA

Beautiful work from Canadian multi-instrumentalist Robin Gaudreault guitars, basses, keyboards, flutes & voice. He is ably assisted by Jacques Livernoche on drums, percussion; Eric Brassard on electric guitar; Martin Gagnon on electric guitar; plus several singers & woodwind players. To say that the result is an album that Steve Hackett would have been proud to have made in 1975 or that The Moody Blues would kill to take credit for, is an understatement! Though those verbose, histrionic statements give you some idea of the glorious sound of this disc, they also leave you with the impression that this is yet another derivative "prog-rock" exercise - it is not! I hope you can believe me when I say that this is not the cynical production of a failed wannabe, but the expression of a true artist with something to say musically (the lyrics are in French and, alas, my French is rather poor so I can't really comment on that aspect). I can say that in the same way that it doesn't matter that I can't understand what PFM are singing on "Per Un Amico" , not understanding French that well in no way distracts me from the beautiful music on this disc. There are some lovely mellotron passages coupled with acoustic guitar which go a long way to making me think of the past artists that I do but I can get lost in this music so that I don't think of PFM, Camel, Genesis, Hackett of The Moody Blues while I am listening. While I am listening to "Au-Dela des Ombres" I am listening to Ere G. !

Kinesis Progressive Rock, Maryland, USA

Kinesis Progressive Rock, Maryland, USA

Ère G's debut CD is the best French-Canadian progressive album in ages, one that sounds like the great Quebecois prog bands of the 1970's such as Harmonium. Influences of 1970's Genesis and Yes are combined with the characteristic French-Canadian 70's style. Beautiful French harmony vocals, loads of Mellotron, flute and 12-string guitar remind one of Harmonium's Les Cinq Saisons, as well as early Genesis. There is also electric guitar, Rickenbacker and fretless bass, and drums. All told, a beautiful, delicate and refined progressive album full of melody and atmosphere.

Laser's Edge, New Jersey, USA

Laser's Edge, New Jersey, USA

Offered to us as a mixture of Harmonium and Genesis and damned if that isn't what they sound like! This new Quebecois band led by multi-instrumentalist Robin Gaudreault ladles up the Genesis sound with gobs of Mellotron, Hackett-esque electric and acoustic 12 string guitars and flute flute flute! Vocals are in French and complement the music perfectly. Imagine the more serence moments of Selling England blended with Les Cinq Saisons and you've nailed down their sound. It's been a while since I've heard some good old fashioned prog rock and this one kicked me in the ass real hard! Highly recommended.

Wayside Music, Maryland, USA

Wayside Music, Maryland, USA

Sporting lovely fantasy-type artwork, straight out of the Italian or French progressive 70's classics, this French Canadian band offer a delicate, acoustic-based symphonic progressive on this, their first album. Leader Robin Gaudreault sings, plays Rickenbacker bass, 12 string acoustic guitar, flute and keyboards (including a lot of mellotron), and is joined by other musicians on electric guitar, drums, violins, additional vocals, etc. Think of the acoustic guitar sections of Gabriel-era Genesis, where all the focus would be on double and triple acoustic guitar passages, imagine Peter playing more flute during those passages, add a healthy dollop of French Canadian folky symphonic, like Harmonium's Les Cinq Saisons, and you've got a good feel for this album. Sure to please die-hard symphonic fans who enjoy a light touch. [Ipso Facto]

ProgVisions E-Zine, Netherlands (Pays-Bas)

ProgVisions E-Zine, Netherlands (Pays-Bas)

This is an amazing album of great beauty. A must for Genesis and Anthony Phillips lovers. But also "Yes" is shining true at some points. It brought me back to those golden years of fairytale like music. You can hear that all the musicians are well trained and qualified. Their skills gave me the impression that they have all followed a classical training. I would like to describe this album in one word; Beautiful. This album is a little precious gem.

Musea Records (France)

Musea Records (France)

ÈRE G n'est autre que le pseudonyme du musicien québécois Robin GAUDREAULT. Son premier album "Au-delà des ombres" (2002) offre de délicates ambiances symphoniques, qui mêlent avec délice les parfums d'un HARMONIUM et du GENESIS du milieu des années soixante-dix. L'accent est mis sur le versant acoustique, même si les divers claviers (Mellotron, Moog…) et la guitare 12 cordes sont également à l'honneur. Chanteur et multi-instrumentiste, notre homme a toutefois laissé un peu de place sur son album à quelques invités.

Eufonia (Mexique)

Eufonia (Mexique)

First published work of french/canadian multi-instrumentalist Robin Gaudreault (Ere G are the initials). Looking at the cover, a painting of a ship among butterflies, you have the feeling of standing before a delicate and elaborate piece of art. It might be because the resemblance with the -also québécois- Harmonium, who practiced a high-profile progressive folk. Once you put on the disc you can find, indeed, the use of 12 string guitars, mellotrons and flutes with a more Genesis-like style (circa "Trespass") or Ange-circa "Au-dela du Delire"-style (because of the french lyrics). All over the CD's 7 tracks, we can feel the sweet voice of Robin, acompanied by omnipresent 12 string guitars. The mellotrons (emulated) come in and out as the moments need to be dramatic or to emphasize the melodies. But not everything is pastoral nor docile: There are also intense moments like the the initial chords in "La Course Aux Papillons" that establish that this guys are playing rock, high level rock. OK, the structures are well-known, the vibe is "retrogressive" but, simply put, personally I can only thank that these merciful souls can stay bringing this ol' good symphonic rock. A great, great album.

Big Bang Magazine, France

Big Bang Magazine, France

(extrait de la chronique parue dans le no. 48, mars 2003) ...Au-delà des ombres porte en effet bien son nom, en nous invitant à dépasser le stade des apparences pour entrer de plein pied dans un univers mélodique radieux, paisible et imperceptiblement mélancolique. Des harmonies fleuries , parfois même un peu naïves, des arrangements délicats à base de mellotron, de suaves arpèges de guitare acoustique et des contrepoints occasionnels de flûte ou de clarinette, une sorte d'abandon langoureux et insensiblement pénétrant, distillent une atmosphère intimiste d'une gracieuse lélèreté. Et si cette description rapide ne vous semble pas mettre franchement en lumière l'originalité personnelle de ce projet, sachez que Monsieur "Ère G" sait aussi insuffler dans sa musique un raffinement mélodique précieux et transparent, souvent évocateur, dans un registre cette fois ouvertement romantique...

Prog-Résiste, Belgique

"Prog-Résiste, Belgique

(extrait de la chronique parue dans le no. 32, juin 2003) ...Il se dégage de l'ensemble un indicible charme apaisant, une irrésistible envie de fermer les yeux et d'oublier la grisaille environnante pour se laisser bercer par les mélodies et les ambiances irréelles qui évoquent les premiers Anthony Phillips, la magie progressive d'Harmonium ou la mélodie de Morse Code. Un disque magnifique, d'une pureté que d'aucuns qualifieront de naïveté, mais destiné aux rescapés d'une autre ère. De l'Ère G, donc. Tellement bien fait qu'il touche en plein milieu mon point G musical, me laissant émerveillé devant l'impact que quelques notes de musique peuvent apporter à un cerveau surmené.

Highlands Magazine, France

"Highlands Magazine, France

Vous serez emportés, envoûtés par le charme d'une telle musique si vous êtes amateurs de sonorités "vintage", millésimées 70's. Oui, les sons de mellotron, moog, piano, flûte traversière, guitares acoustiques, tout est là pour nous séduire. On pense inévitablement au grand Harmonium, influence dominante de Gaudreault, mais aussi, en plus lointain, au Genesis époque "A trick of the tail". Point de joutes instrumentales héroïques, ici, pas de superproducion hollywoodienne en vue, juste une tranche de belle musique, au charme et aux senteurs délicieusement surranées... Ne manquez cet album sous aucun prétexte (****).

Platter Chatter, Washington, USA

Platter Chatter, Washington, USA

Somewhere between rock, folk and classical lies this indescribably lush collection of french-canadian songs. Although sung in french, the language is not a barrier, since all of the music, particularly the long instrumental passages, is so warm and picturesque. Often heart-wrenchingly beautiful, Au-dela des ombres is among my very favorites in my entire CD collection. Filled with flute, mellotron and 12-string guitars, this gem recalls the finer moments of Camel, Jade Warrior, and Anthony Phillips, but will also appeal in many ways to the many lovers of what remaining beauty this world has to offer.

Arlequins Webzine (Italie)

"Arlequins Webzine (Italie)

Mi voglio sbilanciare... anzi, non penso proprio di sbilanciarmi più di tanto se vi esorto ad acquistare l'album affrontando una ardua opera di ricerca e cedendo, per una volta con gioia, alle pretese monetarie degli importatori... A meno che il vostro unico amore non sia la musica Zeuhl! Sì, perchè sarete partecipi di un piccolo straordinario miracolo di sinfonicità attraverso i mille sentieri incantati di una musica alata, poetica e sognante, un piccolo microcosmo regolato dalla massima cura per ogni più piccolo particolare...

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