Boomkat Product Review:
Voyage Vers L’Harmonie is a fantastically whimsical ambient oddity from France, 1983; dug out and dusted down from a warehouse full of decommissioned pierrots, rusty carousels and crazy mechanical birds (or so we’d like to imagine).
Luc Marianni’s 3rd album - whose title translates to Journey Towards Harmony - was first issued in 1983 on the experimental artist’s Parisian label, Upon Tyne, alongside his other output with Rock Critics and Jean-François Papin around that same era. Inside, Marianni plays synths, sequencers, tapes, mandolin, bouzouki and electronic drums accompanied by Jean-Marc Cougrand (electronic, church and barrel organs, glockenspiel, synths, vibes) and a host of other guests to realise a very slippery run down the rabbit hole that’s as liable to take in bagpipes and seagulls as bon tempi vibe-outs and varispeed psych rock madness.
Tip to tail it’s a total trip riddled with surreal wormholes and X amount of wild imagination, a sort very specific to the sophisticated but delirious fancy of Luc Ferrari’s concrète scapes or Heldon in a playful, pastoral mood.