As black and as deep as space itself, this album is in many ways the synthesis of all the fantastic achievements of French prog/psych. If you're familiar with the releases on the legendary Pôle label then you can imagine a group who took from all of those bands (Besombes, Pôle, Mahogany Brain, etc.), stirred in some Magma & Gong, then threw it in a tar pit, you might be approaching these sounds. It's not that these guys were plagiarist or anything, so don't think that's what I'm saying. But they just seemed to absorb so much of the goodness that was going around and still produce something utterly unique. So, if you're like me and are obsessed with all things Francophone (especially the proggy things) then this is essential listening. However, if you are not like me then you may keep your comments to yourself.
Galen - Xom (cassette, 1979)
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