Over a 35 year-long career, Miriodor have continuously produced music that is intricate, melodic, challenging and filled with both humor and fire. 2013's Cobra Fakir is the group's eighth studio album and, like all their releases, is a captivating new-music gem filled with great musicianship, terrific tunes and a distinctive and personal sound. A Cobra Fakir is a snake charmer, who uses carefully concocted melodies to put the mighty reptile under a sort of sonic spell. That's an apt analogy for what will happen to even the hardiest ears upon introduction to this eccentric-but-bewitching batch of tunes.
Miriodor are one of the core bands of what's become known as the R.I.O. (Rock in Opposition) style, an international agglomeration of artists whose core tenet has remained a commitment to creating challenging music that freely incorporates everything from progressive rock and jazz to avant-garde experimentation and even elements of various folk traditions. The group's long evolutionary process has led to the trio we hear on Cobra Fakir: founding musicians Pascal Globensky (keyboards, synths, piano) and Rémi Leclerc (drums, percussion, keyboards, turntable) with longtime member Bernard Falaise (guitars, bass, keyboards, banjo, turntable). The multi-layered complexity of the pieces they've crafted for Cobra Fakir belies the relatively spontaneous method in which much of the music was made.
For this record, Rémi fiddled a lot with various percussive objects and machines (acoustic or electronic). This gave the album a wide array of colorful tonalities in the percussive department. Bernard had lots on his hands, from morphing into a bass player, creating his numerous guitar parts, and adding a myriad of arrangements and textures, with keyboards, turntable and editing. Pascal had fun toying with improv extracts, adding textures and atmosphere a bit everywhere on the pieces, throwing a pinch of concrete sounds for good measure, ending up with some uncharacteristic passages for Miriodor.