Very early in 2021 we wrote the band Lazuli released their tenth album Dénudé (16 Songs, Naked & Unplugged). Says, «Like a gift of New Year, we are currently recording a new acoustic album, stripped versions of songs picked up from our eight first albums, the band announced in a comment on their Facebook page earlier. A kind of lockdown album, a parenthesis. We can’t wait presenting it to you… as much as meeting you again on stage». And yes, this was a great album!
Now Lazuli are back with new music soon. Lazuli reveal they’re working on their atmospheric 11th album. Lazuli tease new recordings ahead of their autumn 2022 shows in the UK. The French band Lazuli is probably not so well-known among all in the prog society? I hope to do something about it by saying that Lazuli is definitely worth listening to. In short, they are a fantastic band with great music! That’s how easy it is in my opinion. Four tasters of the Lazuli music, and the first is a post-show clip from their July 2022 appearance at Germany’s Night Of The Prog,
Very important for the band`s sound was that they announced that long-standing guitarist Gédéric Byar left the band. He was replaced by fellow Frenchman Arnaud Beyney, who plays with M. A. N. with Lazuli’s multi-instrumentalist Romain Thorel.
«Arnaud Betney is an excellent musician but not only that, he is a beautiful human being as well», adds Dominique Leonetti, «His energy and his smile have lifted our spirits. Gédéric Byar is unique, so is Arnaud Betney; two really different musicians, so no comparison will be possible». Loreley Night Of The Prog 2022. The Beatles-mad French proggers will return to their studio L’Abeille Rôde in the autumn to resume work on the record. It’ll be their first with new guitarist Arnaud Beynaud.
«The pandemic left us in a state of shock, then slowly the introspection it allowed, triggered a writing crisis» explains vocalist/guitarist Dominique Leonetti. «I composed a lot during this period».
«The imprint of the atmosphere of recent years is present in the color of this future album [and it contains] a mixture of withdrawal and dreams of liberty. The lyrics are sometimes dark and melancholy but notes seek to extricate themselves from their fate. Maybe something more atmospheric than usual».
Brothers Claude and Dominique led five recording sessions in early 2022, although progress on the new tracks has been suspended while they’re on tour.
The French group reconnected in 2021 for Dénudé, which contained stripped-down reworking of some of their songs. They return to the UK this autumn with a number of live dates, including a performance at Summer’s End festival in October 2022. Say the band, «We can’t wait to get back to Beatles country!».
Lazuli 2022 UK tour:
Oct 09: Swindon Level 3
Oct 11: Liverpool The Cavern Club
Oct 12: Glasgow Ivory Blacks
Oct 13: Newcastle Think Tank
Oct 15: Oundle Queen Victoria Hall
Oct 16: Chepstow Summer’s End Festival
Oct 17: London 229 The Venue