TORQUEM

Jazz Related Rock • France
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Torquem is an instrumental rock/jazz band composed by Fabien Lobleau, Nicolas Goussot, and Benjamin Vergès. The project was born in Paris in 2011 after meaningful experiences (La diagonale du fou, Spleen Vs Ideal, We Are Jupiter...) and with a desire to create a singular music. "Ansiktet", released in March 2013, is the first act of a trilogy.

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TORQUEM Ansiktet album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Ansiktet
Jazz Related Rock 2013
TORQUEM Sarah Anne album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Sarah Anne
Jazz Related Rock 2016

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TORQUEM Ansiktet

Album · 2013 · Jazz Related Rock
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This French trio's debut, with a Swedish name ("Ansiktet" means "The Face" in Swedish) and obviously non-French songs titles, is quite a pleasant surprise. Torquem calls their music "rock-jazz", but you won't find any traces of what could be called influenced by Mahavishnu Orchestra. Instead, we find aerial, strictly framed compositions that are obviously rooted in today's math rock sound.

Post-rock (and its American variation - math rock) came as a silent explosion a few decades ago, and it looked like rock music would never be the same again. But a few years later; bloodless, lifeless and idealess post rock bands sound more like an anachronism. Looking from today, it's easy to say that post rock didn't realize its potential and just killed itself, but the genre's influence can still be heard here and there, and sometimes the results are really nice.

Torquem performs a great job on their debut album mixing dreamy aerial static post rock sounds into energetic, angular math rock framed compositions, and then filling the internal space with jazzy improvisations. Add a few dark Magma-zeuhl touches (as any French jazz-rock band, Torquem know their roots well), some politically-coloured speaking voices (on Hemligheter), plus female folklore chorals (on Flimreh) and you get it - a vibrant and non-boring modern chamber post jazz-rock album (probably more EP - less than 30 minutes of music).

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