Thollot - "Contact"
(Soleil Zeuhl 2002, 09)

From Aural Innovations #23 (April 2003)

Zeuhl! My fave type of French music; especially when thereís no vocals. This cd is from Francois Thollot (guitar, piano) and heís joined by Philippe Busssonnet (Magma, One Shot) on bass and Daniel Jeandheur (One Shot) on drums. While Zeuhl tends to be very intense music, I found Thollot to be quite smooth and easy to listen to, almost like a Zeuhl light.

Francois wrote all the music and did the arrangements. There are not a lot of noticeable overdubs, so itís a very clean sound. The songs are typical for Zeuhl: aggressive and intense, almost jerky. Thereís great playing from everyone and no one stands out. I know itís supposed to be a Francois solo, but he seems to have written it with a band in mind.

I particularly liked this piece. Mostly Iím a big fan of no-vocal music. I also like selected bands in the Zeuhl catalog. Unfortunately, some of them are way too intense or too weird for me. What I like about Thollot is the accessibility. Itís top drawer playing, filled with odd arrangements, a bit aggressive here and there, and it has a lot of heart.

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Reviewed by Louis Hesselt-van-Dinter

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