Eclat are a 5-member band from France formed in 1989. So far, they have released 5 studio albums, with ‘L’Esprit du Cercle’ being their latest work.
Their music style balances between Symphonic Prog and Jazz Rock, which is a rather bizarre but innovative combination! Since their early years their style changed slowly, and from a pure Symphonic Prog band with influences on jazz, they have become more of a Jazz-Rock oriented band with symphonic prog touches.
I will be honest here again, that is, Jazz (or fusion/Jazz-Rock if you like), was never my cup of tea, and I’m facing difficulties when it comes to the point where I have to write a review. The same is here, but with one basic difference: Listening to the album over and over again, I got carried away by the excellent and virtuosic music of these really good musicians. Also, this album is an instrumental one that helped me a lot to expand my listening skills concerning jazz/rock sound.
So, what exactly do we have here? Well, we have a really interesting hybrid, musically speaking, that works as a “bridge” filling the gap between Jazz Rock and Symphonic Prog, having the excellent use of guitars and keyboards as a "front line".
Further, there are many excellent melodic moments here, such as the songs ‘Au Fil De L’eau’ and ‘Medication’ (The sound of guitar on ‘Medication’ reminds me of the sound of MIKE OLDFIELD).
The whole album consists of 9 songs and has a running time of almost 43 minutes in total, an appropriate duration for the average listener and a good dosage for the more challenging one!
As a conclusion for this review, I would say that I really recommend this album to fans of Jazz or Jazz Rock but also to those who enjoy listening to an atmospheric instrumental album recorded by some very talented and skillful musicians.
Don’t stick in your usual prog cup of coffee and try another one! This is the one to try and I bet for that!