Saturday, 7 July 2018

Synopsis "Minuit Ville" 1979 France Prog Symphonic


Synopsis  "Minuit Ville" 1979 France Prog Symphonic
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Mostly mellow and string synth laden symphonic prog, "Minuit Ville" is yet another late 1970s offering from the French progressive scene. While Ange and Mona Lisa dramatics do appear, particularly in the opening track and the intro to the finale, SYNOPSIS generally occupies a more delicate and ambient niche that do the godfathers of the scene. They do not sound like a knock-off of any groups of their age, even if RPI forces also play a role. 
Michel Bail sings in a near falsetto which actually suits the fragility of the melodies, particularly on the highlight, "Desert", which features the most assertive song structure and memorable tune of the disk, with a majestic shift from verse to chorus, and a shimmering synth section leading to a more intricate bass-led closing passage. While keyboards do dominate, Christian Hoff makes his presence felt often enough, particularly in "Ville D'Oracle", which begins in almost jazzy fits and starts before his gentle arpeggios introduce the sung portion, after which his lead sashays atop an Alan Parsons styled bass riff. He reveals more prowess on "Melodie Saoule", and here Michel Resler's bass is far more inventive, and the rhythm more complex. 

If I may provide a brief closing synopsis, this debut may be a tad too timid for some, but is recommended to those who enjoy the mellower proponents of the sub genre, conveyed with continental class ...by kenethlevine .....~


Synopsis were a French band who remained quite unknown during their brief existence; what else to expect when making symphonic prog during the late 70's and early 80's? This is the first one of their two albums. It includes only five tracks between 5 to 9 minutes in length. The music is keyboard-oriented but not in the bombastic way à la ELP or Rick Wakeman. The GENESIS-influenced style is closer to compatriots MONA LISA and ATOLL, also PULSAR or PENTACLE could be mentioned in the same sentence. All these are clearly better bands than Synopsis. Actually the thick layer of synth or organ gets tiring as there really are no great variety in sound. The guitar is happily not buried completely. The rhythm section is given a minor role, for example 'Melodie Saoule' is for the most part without solid percussion, but it has some nice hi-hat... and later on also a slightly faster section with complex rhythm, during which keyboards do their typical, continuous background layering as they always do. Some synth soloing sounds more like badly outdated and amateurish than a musical bliss. Maybe the production is not the best possible either. 
The vocals are approaching falsetto and they're rather weak (still maybe better than the over-dramatic, spitty French of ANGE!), but they fit fairly well with the sensibility in compositions. I can't give a good comparison for the voice, if not the SPARKS in the most falsetto parts! Anyway, the longish compositions are often instrumentally oriented, CAMEL-like at times. Are they memorable? Definitely not. The mellow and melodic music is likely to please those who enjoy soft symphonic prog, if the weak vocals or uninspired synths are not too big problems, but nothing more, I'm afraid. Easily more than two stars but not quite full three stars. The second album Gamme (1981) sounds better and more lively.....by Matti ...~


Synopsis from France - this quite obscure symphonic prog band who mange in their short career only two albums, offer a very solid and intresting debute album. Named Minuit ville from 1979 this is good as it can be symphonic prog with lots of spacey instrumental passages, really excellent. The melodic lines , the interludes between musicians is awesome, such elegant spacey arrangements, sometimes I really think thay are as good as Eloy were in the glory days, also some Pulsar or even Genesis influences I can trace, but overall this album is pretty solid and inventive. Only the opening track as that theatrical feel to it close to Ange, but the rest of 4 pieces, 5 in total, are killer, the bass lines, the vintage keyboards all works very well here, really like a lot this album. There are complex rhythm parts, nice inspired keybaords and guitars and a very good vocal passages provided by Michel Bail . This is a cross between symphonic prog and spacey prog moments, very well melted together resulting an elegant album to my ears. All in all recommended for sure, great little known album from last breath of prog movement. easely 4 stars.....by b_olariu ...~

Synopsis were part of the second wave of French groups who were heavily indebted to the bands Ange, Atoll and Mona Lisa, complete with their unique brand of Rock Francaise. Synopsis does not disappoint the perceived expectation: Creative compositions, impassioned French vocals, primitive synthesizers / organs, decent guitar work and a bare-bones minimum rhythm section that holds it together. There’s a wonderful naïve quality about these French groups (others include Grime, Orion, Nuance, Trefle and Oniris) who appeared on the scene in the late 1970s. All were a day late and a Franc short, so they needed to produce and release their own product as the major label’s had moved on to greener pastures. The long track rock epic had already seen its commercial heyday, and there was no going back by the time these lads were ready to roll the tape. So yes, more time in the studio with an experienced engineer, with access to some better musical equipment (those cheap polyphonic Moogs are tough to digest) would probably have go a long way to making “Minuit Ville” a more pleasurable experience. The material is strong enough to hold its own though, and fans of the genre (like moi) will definitely want to seek this one out.....ashratom ....~

This is a high school student's vocabulary comprehensive English book. If you do not have 22000, you might think that these two kinds of English books are enough to be suspected of espionage. I am sick of hearing why I speak English suddenly. When I first encountered this album, the word Synopsis was a word that I used to write down one day in the driving range. I tried to talk about that boring English book. Well, no matter how I think about it, I do not remember what the word Synopsis means! Is it a word from 22000 or 33000, and why am I doing this? I was so angry that I mumbled. Synopsis is an overview, synopsis, meaning that you should go to the test site and use it effectively ... Let's leave the story of the unseen contents and let's look at them in earnest. 

Five young people from Faulquemont in the French industrial city of Moselle will be gathered in the year 77, when the fascination of Arturok in the 1970s, Those who were followers of Yes and Genesis came together to form a group and make their own direct progressive music. 

The lineup included five guitarists Christian Hoff, Christian Bolze and Joel Tilges on the keyboard, Michel Resler on the bass and Gilles Bonnabaud on the drums, as well as guitarist Christian Hoff, who worked with local groups such as Apocalypse and Lovelight. All of these people were thicker in their local groups than before, so they were good enough to use techniques that were as good as the existing veteran group. 

Joel's suggestion was to name the group Synopsis (all of which are Genesis music followers, meaning that their sound is an overview of Genesis). At the time of their debut, they were one of the newcomers to the womb due to the lineup of twin keyboard systems . However, those who are trying to get out of the way are suffering from a problem within the chronic group of withdrawing members. 

When Joel and Gilles, who had only a group name in 1977, came out of the group, 18-year-old teenager drummer Patrick Marcel joined the group. The four-person, unintentionally scaled-down group has a live activity centered on the MJC club where young people gather. The fans are also interested in their music, and lead vocalist Michel Bail. Their live stage faithfully reproduces the image of Rocketto Atele, the essence of French Enlighto, with a large-scale speaker system, spectacular outfits, and a light show with laser, reminiscent of the stage of Ange or Genesis during its heyday. Due to the fantastic live stage, their live performances naturally attracted many audiences, and soon they started recording their debut album. 
He finished his work at the SRC studio in Nancy from 7 to 30 April 1979 and finally made his debut in June of the same year. 

Due to cost issues, the album was released as a limited release of 1000 copies, and although it sold only in the Lorraine region, it sold all of its 1000 copies in a matter of days. As a result, they became groups that received the attention of media, including radio broadcasts. So he was often invited to radio broadcasts, including appearing on RTL, a Luxembourg TV channel close to the Moselle region. Their debut, released in such small quantities, was reissued in 1995 as a LP through the French label Musea, which was also released on CD. 

The first track and title track (Minuit Ville) breaks the preconceived notion of the French National Record, which is often found in the keyboard, which keeps the tension tight, the drum is full, and the footsteps and narration The tempo is reversed. 

Joue-Moi Quelque Chose, the second song to be featured as an echo followed by a string of harpsichords, features a vivid melody that can only be heard by French Atlocals, reminiscent of Ange and Atoll. Sweetly unfolds. It feels like floating in an infinite space where you can freely open your imagination. It is restrained, but it seems to spread the voice of the voice of oneself in the atmosphere. 

The last song on the front (Ville Oracle) is a fresh sensual piece that you can read on the entire song in a delicate yet unusual way that the French group can not express. 

On the back of it is composed of two over eight minutes, of which Melodie Saoule (full melody) is Christian's outstanding keyboard senses, Michel's vocals and C. Hoff's guitar sound, He controls his strength and demonstrates his mature technique in a well-structured framework. Desert (Desert), which embellishes the United States, is leading a more flexible pattern while maintaining the mood flowing through the entire album. 

Compared to his predecessor, Ange and Atoll, it shows the perfect technique and album completeness. After their success in the debut, they gave their names through live performances. In '81, they released their second album 'Gamme', but it made them less than their debut. Synopsis, which has maintained the pride of Rocket Atelé, is firmly showing its position as a second generation runner after French Ancrox following Ange and Atoll. ... by Lee Chun-sik.....~


Line-up / Musicians 
- Michel Resler / bass 
- Christian Bolze / keyboards 
- Christian Hoff / guitar 
- Patrick Marcel / drums 
- Michel Bail / vocals

Tracklist 
A1 Minuit Ville 5:08 
A2 Joue-Moi Quelque Chose 7:47 
A3 Ville Oracle 6:35 
B1 Mélodie Saoûle 9:05 
B2 Désert 8:27 

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