Le Livre Des Merveilles (The Book of Wonders) is the fourth album from Chromb! Léo Dumont / drums, percussion, objects, Camille Durieux / keyboards, synths, vocals, Lucas Hercberg / bass, synth, vocals and Antoine Mermet / Alto sax, delay, synths, vocals are the line-up. The track La Fleuve Brison,
Chromb! is a quartet with strings, reeds, 88 keys and drums in, wired on 220volts, making rock with no guitar, distorted jazz or chamber music for sick kids and emotive adults. Chromb!’s music is heartfelt more than brain-made, has no prohibition and is the prisoner of no specific style. The track La Souvenance d’Achille,
Hailing from Lyon, Cromb! are a quartet formed in the early 2010?s. They have released three albums, simply titled I (2012), II (2014) and 1000 (2016) and played over a hundred concerts in their home country (including the 2014 edition of the RIO Festival in Carmaux) and in other European countries, and also participated in a jazz festival in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso!
Among their main influences the band cite John Zorn, The Residents and Soft Machine as well as Japanese noise-rock outfit Melt Banana and French cartoonist Pierre La Police.
Off with the worn out fusion-prog, the ten notes per second that were the trademark of the Lyon-based musicians, now the approach is radical and the demonstrative varnish fades away in favour of “knowledge”. This same “knowledge” the XIIIth century cleric and knight Gervais de Tilbury praised in his Livre des Merveilles wich the band draws his inspiration from, even borrowing entire dizzying fragments. The track Les Chevaliers Qui Apparaissent (The Knights Who Appear),
This is how Chromb’s heroic gest unfolds ! The four tracks, inspired by a fantasized mythology that J.L Borges would not have disavowed, let eventually the light come through… Between medievalism and futurism, the lyrics in French, make use of playful hermeticism and smash the rules to pieces. Less acidic, more structured, the style asserts itself, more and more epic as it is ornament-less.
Labyrinthine tales with sinuous vocal parts here, a noisy symphony there: with Le Livre des Merveille, the incredible gives way to the fabulous…