ANOXIE Pastales

by Mellow Records MMP238

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about

Completely forgotten somewhere, ANOXIE was
a French project found in 1982 by keyboardist
Pascal Lachaize in order to blend his electronic
influences (Klaus Schulze, Vangelis)
with Classic 70's prog.

From 1984 Anoxie gigged extensively with the founder
of the legendary prog fanzine ''Acid Dragon''
Thierry Sportouche being a permanent member
as the lyricist of the band.

The numerous line-up changes and uncommercial
style of music were propably the reason Anoxie
never reached a full-length album back in mid-80's ,
but in 1992 Mauro Moroni of Mellow Records showed
an interest on their past material, so the compilation
''Pastales'' saw the light in 1994,
consisting of 12 live tracks and 2 studio compositions,
recorded between 1984 and 1987.

All tracks are written by Pascal Lachaize and ''Pastales''
has this lovely 80's underground sound, and deliver
some good musicianship exactly in the middle
of Electronic Music and Symphonic Rock.

About half of the tracks are built around Lachaize's
synth/electronics with hypnotic passages,
cosmic atmospheres and a healthy dose of New Wave,
sometimes supported by the rhythm section or
distinct electric guitars and often having a
VANGELIS-like cinematic symphonic grandieur.

The other half is light Symphonic Rock but with straighter
links to Neo Prog and very similar to bands like
THE FOUNDATION or QUASAR.
Dominated again by Lachaize's synthesizers,
these tracks contain the interesting vocal work
of singer Remy Soriano with some more guitar
parts on the forefront and a tight rhythm section.

An obscure album for sure, ''Pastales'' is likely
to please all fans of Electronic Prog and
light Symph/Neo Prog and thus comes
recommended overall.
A long forgotten gem from the 80's with
some pretty strong moments.

credits

released April 21, 1994

line-up

Bernard Riboulet
drums

Laurent Roche
guitars

Lionel Gibaudan
bass

Pascal Lachaize
keyboards

Remy Soriano
vocals

Thierry Sportouche
lyrics, percussives

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