Soleil Zeuhl

"This double CD documents the pre-Shub Niggurath era of the bands who joined forces to create Shub Niggurath.

In the early 80s two bands (Apsara & Gorgonus), both from the southern suburbs of Paris, met & quickly became friends as they shared...

This release is by a Japanese duo that Soleil Zeuhl discovered. Yoshiyuki plays keyboards/synths/programming and Yoshihiro Yamaji plays guitar and bass. All of the drums are programmed, but they do a very good job of it, and this excellent debut does not suffer from 'canned band syndrome'.

"Amygdala is a Japanese band, heavily Zeuhl-influenced (much more on the UZ side than Magma, I'd say), with that RIO edge that seems to be the landmark of the greatest Japanese bands of these last few years...

This release is by a Japanese duo that Soleil Zeuhl discovered. Yoshiyuki plays keyboards/synths/programming and Yoshihiro Yamaji plays guitar and bass. All of the drums are programmed, but they do a very good job of it, and this excellent debut does not suffer from 'canned band syndrome'.

"Amygdala is a Japanese band, heavily Zeuhl-influenced (much more on the UZ side than Magma, I'd say), with that RIO edge that seems to be the landmark of the greatest Japanese bands of these last few years...

Second release by this instrumental Japanese duo of Yoshiyuki Nakamima-piano, organ, keyboards, bass guitar and Yoshihiro Yamaji-guitar. Their debut was a very good first effort, but it suffered from having programmed drums. It had some of the best...

Rational Diet were a chamber rock/RIO-styled band from Belarus, who released 3 very well liked albums on the AltrOck label. They seem to have imploded somewhat nastily, with the result being two bands arising from the ashes: Five-Storey Ensemble and....

The release of this great jazz/rock/Zeuhl album on CD is a cause of great joy for me personally. This is one of the albums I've long waited to appear on CD and also one of the ones that I most wanted Soleil Zeuhl to tackle. This is a nonet of vibes, trumpet, saxes, trombone, violin, flute, bass, drums and female vocals. Originally a double lp set that was recorded in 1980, this has obvious influences from Magma, especially circa 1001 Centigrades, Tony Williams, Soft Machine and European jazz/rock. Serge....

This is the second release by this excellent jazz/rock/zeuhl band, led by drummer, vocalist & composer Serge Bringolf. His first album was entitled Strave and then when he formed a more permanent band, the band became known as Strave. The sound is a bit different and a little bit harder-edged than the 1st one, although the band is still a nonet (although with pretty different personnel): Claude Boussard-bass, Serge Bringolf-drums, Bertrand Eck-horn, Philippe Geiss-saxes, Alain Lecointe-bass...

Who are these guys and why do they have a little gnome on the cover of their debut album? I don't know, but this is definitely not 'gnome rock'.

Led by drummer Philippe Geleizes, who powers the newly reformed version of Christian Vander's...

Andrea Calderón – violin, vocals
Paco Casanova - keys, synths, organ, vocals
Patrick Shiroishi - saxophones, guitar, glockenspiel, vocals
Ryan Kamiyamazaki - bass
Sergio Sanchez Ravelo - drums

A great, Los Angeles five piece who always tear the house down in performance, Corima take their cues from the mighty Magma and are unabashedly a very Magmoid zeuhl band.
They take that and give it a youthful energy and make it into something their own. Something borrowed, yes, bu

A great 5 piece, who simply tore the house down at ProgDay in 2013 and were one of the stunning highlights of the festival. This is the music they played there. Hugely recommended!

I saw Corima about in 2008, but at the time, they were a duo and...

"Now that ONE SHOT has split, this is the very first project of an ex-member to see the light. The band is led by drummer Daniel Jeand'Heur.

The music itself, while firmly connected to the classic One Shot sound (a heavy bass, explosive drums, Fender Rhodes, long tracks), also features a horn section.

The result, as you may expect from such a band, is a bridge between the most electric jazz-rock bands and prog. But the real sensation here is the inclusion of occasional vocals that add a...

“Loomings was born under the impetus of Jacopo Costa, an Italian musician living in Strasbourg, France. Thanks to the vitality of the local music scene, he has the opportunity to realize his creations with the help of several musicians with varied artistic backgrounds.
The voices of Maria Denami and Clara Weil - one from the lyric repertoire, the other rooted in contemporary music - add to the jazzy groove of Nicolas Klee (electric bass) and Nils Boyny (keyboards), as well as to the percussion and...

First-ever reissue of this obscure & rare jazz/rock album, includes a bonus live track that's nearly 20' long!

"Reissue of the band's sole album, recorded in 1977. This a jazz-rock album with few zeuhl elements, references are more likely to...

Very good first effort from a new generation of French Zeuhl.
Carole Sauvage-Fender Rhodes
Yannick Duchene-guitar, vocals
William Pawelzik-bass
Christophe Gratien-drums

"Influences: Zeühl, Jazz-Rock-Progressif, Classique-Contemporain, Lyrique, Traditionnel, Musiques spirituelles..."
"First CD of this French band that has recently opened for Magma at Bourg les Valence. A superb recording, heavily influenced by Magma (sound, compositions & spirit). Very much recommended...

Very good first effort from a new generation of French Zeuhl.
Carole Sauvage-Fender Rhodes
Yannick Duchene-guitar, vocals
William Pawelzik-bass
Christophe Gratien-drums

"Influences: Zeühl, Jazz-Rock-Progressif, Classique-Contemporain, Lyrique, Traditionnel, Musiques spirituelles..."
"First CD of this French band that has recently opened for Magma at Bourg les Valence. A superb recording, heavily influenced by Magma (sound, compositions & spirit). Very much recommended...

"Reissue of an obscure underground French album from 1980. NOA features a histrionic female vocalist, piping the French language and enunciating syllables just like another instrument. The music of Noa is of the jazzy Zeuhl variety, with plenty of sax...

"Reissue of an obscure underground French album from 1980. NOA features a histrionic female vocalist, piping the French language and enunciating syllables just like another instrument. The music of Noa is of the jazzy Zeuhl variety, with plenty of sax...soaring flute and the expected rhythms of the genre."-Tom Hayes.

"Although the general mood of the album is Zeuhl-influenced (the dark vibe & the female voice that reminds of Eskaton), the main influences claimed by the band are Henry Cow & Art...

"Olive Mess is a band from Latvia (ex-USSR) that plays a very original progressive music. The line-up features guitar ( electric, classic, baroque ), bass, keyboards, drums, occasional sax, and a superb soprano female singer. Olive Mess was founded by...

A reissue of the very first, originally self-titled release by One Shot, which was self-released by the band in a edition of 500. This is a superb release by bassist Philipppe Buissonnet (Magma), keyboardist Emmanuel Borghi (Magma), guitarist James MacGaw (Magma) & drummer Daniel Jeand'heur who does not play with Magma, but he's as great as the others and why would Magma need another drummer? Recorded in one day, with a very live sound. The sound is a very appealing combination of Zeuhl mixed with...

This is a hand-numbered, limited edition of 300 copies of a release that was previously released on CD by AltrOck.

This relatively young band from Normandy, France, makes their debut on disc here, with a record that has six tracks; three from new recordings by the current line-up of the group (drums/lead vocals, bass/vocals, guitar/vocals, alto & baritone sax/alto clarinet/flute/vocals, soprano sax/bassoon/vocals plus guests on percussion, lead vocals, flute, oboe, clarinet & horn) as well as....

"Reissue of a rare as hell lp from 1978 (reaches $1,000 + on eBay) issued in micro quantity only in Corsica (a French Island located between France & Italy). Strongly rooted into mediterranean culture, Rialzu's sole recording is a highly original...

Scherzoo is the new quintet of composer/drummer/multi-instrumentalist François Thollot. He is a real talent and he has two previous albums on SZ that are both really good, but this is the first album where he has had the involvement of a band from the....

Scherzoo is the new quintet of composer/drummer/multi-instrumentalist François Thollot. He is a real talent and he has two previous albums on SZ that are both really good, but this is the first album where he has had the involvement of a band from the....

I just saw these guys in Paris and they totally KILLED it from beginning to end!

This is the second album by the fine quintet of composer/drummer/multi-instrumentalist François Thollot. He is a real talent and he has two previous albums on SZ that are both really good, but suffered slightly from not being band efforts (all who know me know I am a great believer in the power of musicians working together to give us more than the sum of the individual parts!). Just like Scherzoo's excellent 1st...

Scherzoo is the band led by composer/multi-instrumentalist François Thollot. He is a real talent and has made fine albums completely on his own, but being the 'band guy' that I am, I like to see & hear him working with other musicians...

Francois Thollot-bass
Antony Pontet-electric piano, organ
Grégoire Plancher-electric piano, mellotron)
Clement Curaudeau-drums

This is the fourth release by Scherzoo, the band of multi-instrumentalist and composer Francois Thollot.
This all instrumental work operates somewhere in the realm between Canterbury-influenced sounds and zeuhl giving a unique slant to both styles and ending up being extremely enjoyable (as all of Francois’ work is)!

This band was discovered several years ago when they released a small number of really short musical snippets via their webpage and everyone's zeuhl-radar went into overdrive. Mixing a classic zeuhl sound with an original slant, this features female...

I just saw these folks in Paris at the Soleil Zeuhl festival, and they were unbelievably great and also quite cosmically intense in a spiritual way. They performed this album and it's a revelation!

One of the highlights of 2007 was the debut release by this very fine, French Zeuhl outfit. This long-awaited second release is different, but equally fine; modern zeuhl doesn't get any better than this band.

"This is the second CD of the band, which may be in a more progressive style overall...

Originally released as the "demo tape" Shub Niggurath. White vinyl. Sleeve is rigid plastic screenprinted by Atelier de sérigraphie de Doc, Paris. Cover design inspired by "Neptune's horses" Walter Crane (1893). Limited, hand-numbered edition of 500.
First time-ever release of the band’s great demo tape on vinyl in a VERY striking and unique package!
Shub Niggurath were a brilliant, very dark, French Zeuhl band. The original line-up (the only line-up that matters, imo) featured...

"This is the band's 7th full album - they have been around for nearly 30 years now and have always been difficult to classify, playing a weird mix of electronics, 80's RIO & post-punk music. Just like Ptose, another French band of the era, they have...

"The 3rd album of this great band whose guitar player is Frank Fromy (Shub Niggurath 1st period). This new recording shows the band in superb form, dropping over Gotham their dark, heavy & intense Crimsonian post-atomic music. Fantastic playing from all, with a special mention to the rhythm section (massive fretless bass!). A fabulous album, their best and most mature so far - a fantastic band is emerging with this CD!"
This is the third (and best, imo) release by Unit Wail, the group which brought...

One of the best currently active Zeuhl bands that I can think of – they really do get better with each album!

“UNIT WAIL’s 4th album (“Egarés” which means ‘stray’ or ‘lost’) is now finally available. Recorded in 2018/2019, the line-up hasn’t changed since their previous album (“Beyond space edges”) although this time ex-ART ZOYD trumpet player Jean-Pierre Soarez is featured on several tracks.
Again, Frank Fromy (ex-Shub Niggurath) plays guitar on 2 tracks. The studio production is excellent..

Aurélie Saintecroix / Vocals
Vladimir Mejstelman / Drums
Joël Crouzet / Bass, guitars
Alexandre Michaan / Keyboards, synthesizers
guest musicians :
Michaël Havard / Saxophones on 'Budo' (straight alto, sopranino)
Nora Froger / Flutes on 'Au Fond des Creuses' Hyder Aga / Guitars on 'Au Fond des Creuses'

A great, modern zeuhl release, which is, really, all you need to know to know whether or not you want this / will enjoy this!

“This is VAK’s second CD but

Xing Sa is a trio offshoot of Setna, featuring Nicolas Goulay : rhodes / minimoog / organ, Christophe Blondel : fender bass, Nicolas Candé : drums. It's a really good trio Zeuhl/fusion album; maybe think of it as Setna channeling One Shot, but in a...