Lazuli is a French band which was founded in 1998, and they have released 5 albums so far, with “4603 Battements” being their latest endeavor.
The band’s current line-up is: Dominique Leonetti - Vocals, guitar, mandolin/ Gédéric Byar – Guitar / Romain Thorel - Keyboards, French horn / Vincent Barnavol - Drums, percussions, marimba and Claude Leonetti - Léode.
Initially, I'd like to say that they use "Leode" in their music! For those who might wonder what “Leode” is; it is pretty much a unique mid-electronic plug guitar instrument that comes with a unique sound. This instrument is used most of the times with distortion, and gives the band a very unique and personal sound. Another fact that gives Lazuli a unique sound is the use of French language in their songs. Well, there is a possibility that some people may find it not to their liking, but I believe that in Lazuli’s case the French language matches their sound perfectly.
The album is a great combination of loud electric guitars mixed with more acoustic sounds, but also many melodic and darker parts. I mentioned it before, but I have to relate to ‘Leode’ once more. This bizarre instrument gives so unique a style to their sound which is very difficult for me to explain here. If you have never listened to it before you can’t simply understand what I’m talking about. That’s why my best advice could be to go and buy this record! But not only for ‘Leode’.
Mostly because it is a really good record, with great production, interesting compositions, and, in a nutshell, it is a record worthing every penny you will spend for it!
The best moment which catches your attention right away, is the song "Je Te Laisse Ce Monde" which is my most favorite by far. But above that, there are many other worthy songs here. For example, the more intimate ‘Le Miroir aux Alouettes’, the beautiful ‘Les Malveillants’, or the more trippy ‘Saleté de Nuit’.
Of course this is just my personal opinion, other people might feel differently about the songs which are included in this album.
Speaking objectively, “4603 Battements” is surely a very solid and a very intriguing record, which I recommend not only to Progressive Rock fans, but also to eclectic listeners who wish to discover and enjoy unique bands like LAZULI.