One of the many hidden gems in the French
Progressive scene, Geoffroy is a great album
by a talented band that never got the recognition
Written during the nights after stressful working
days, it is a great testimony to what the love for
music can achieve.
It was not the work of young kids giving their
first steps, but of mature people with everyday
lifes and everyday cares for work and family.
A sextet of amateur musicians related by
friendship and family, Emeraude wanted
to create the album as a legacy for their children.
And although the album had a very limited pressing,
we are fortunate enough that their kids weren't the
only ones to get to hear it.
So what is this Geoffroy and why did collectors of
prog-rock over the last 25 years worked hard to dig it up?
Well, it is hard to pin down just one reason.
The album may sound a bit dated, and the production
might not be crystal (although it is quite good,
considering the time and the means).
Composition and playing do have an amateurish
feel to it.
But perhaps it is that honesty and, let's say, purity,
that makes it such an irresistible piece of music.
It is also hard to name just one style present on
this album - you get to hear a bit of folk, a bit of
space-rock, and some symphonic.
Some say, and I agree, that the best way to classify it,
if one must do so, is space-folk.
It is simply a magic piece, a beautiful set of gorgeous
songs, a proof that good music comes naturally to
those who set their minds to it, even if their abilities
and resources are lacking.
A fantastic album recomended for fans of bands like
Gryphon, Malicorne, Ange, Genesis, Eloy
and especially Pink Floyd.