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Eclectic Maybe Band is the creation of Guy Segers, a player / composer / producer first prominent as bassist with legendary Zeuhl band Univers Zero, and subsequently active in many live and studio projects.  “Again Alors?” is the third release by EMB which brings together detailed studio work with the creativity of real time improvisation.  Using different groupings from within a large ensemble cast, which includes many well-known names, Guy has created an album where half the tracks are drawn from live improvisation in the studio and half are created from the ground up with players adding their composed or improvised parts one at a time.  In both cases Guy assumes the role of master arranger, taking the improvisations as raw material and sculpting them into finished pieces. 

 

This richly detailed new release takes the listener on a journey through rock, jazz, electronic and abstract landscapes packed with detail.

 

Guy SEGERS (bass, virtual keyboards /piano / organ / drums / samples) with :

 

Carla DIRATZ (vocals, whistle) - Cathryn ROBSON (vocals) - Pierre BERNARD (flute) - Roland BINET (flute) - Stephan KÖHR (bassoon, contrabassoon) - Martin ARCHER (clarinet) - Dirk DESCHEEMAEKER (clarinet, bass clarinet) - Dave NEWHOUSE (saxophones, bass clarinet) - Joe HIGHAM (clarinet, keyboards) - Jean Pierre SOAREZ (trumpet) - Cécile BROCHÉ (violin) - Ariane PLUMEREL (violin)- Sigrid VANDENBOGAERDE (cello) - Catherine SMET (piano) - Andy KIRK (keyboards) - Kazuyuki KISHINO (ghost machine) - Michel DELVILLE (e-guitar) - Ángel ONTALVA (guitar) - Pascal VAUCEL (guitar) - Fabrice OWERZARZAK (drums) - Dirk WACHTELAER  (drums)

 

Reviews

Guy Segers' latest work paints with a large deep palette, music that at times conjures wide vistas and then suffocating claustrophobia. Deep listening material.- Dereck Higgins

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Wild, mind-expanding, and all over the proverbial categorical map, the third album by Eclectic Maybe Band is something of a Discus-centric supergroup. Though founded and fronted by former Univers Zero bassist and composer Guy Segers, in-house luminaries such as label impresario Martin Archer (clarinet) and Carla Diratz (vocals, whistle) are joined by fellow UZ alumnus Dirk Descheemaeker (sax and clarinet), Muffins and Skeleton Crew multi-instrumentalist Dave Newhouse, guitarist Angel Ontalva of Seaorm (and collaborator with Russian space rock outfit Vespero), and a whole host of extraordinarily gifted performers who lend their own idiosyncratic flavors to an already dizzying mix. Thankfully, Segers manages to keep the ship on course and steady so that the disparate sounds populating these compositions rarely drift into improvisational cacophony. The opening “Disquiet” is the album's de facto mission statement, its gradually ascending interstellar synths allowing time for the piece to achieve liftoff, setting the stage for an epic piece of mood and malevolence that could almost be early, seminal King Crimson if shoehorned into a more classically-structured matrix. “Further On the Ladder” makes overt the influence of Segers's parent band on his own musical sensibilities, doom-rock that somehow blends the satanic majesty of early Black Sabbath and vintage Henry Cow into a maelstrom of relentless groove, supported by a careening organ that lurches about like a drunken Prometheus on the prowl. “A Beast Trophy” initially gives the impression that it will carry on in a mad glee similar to its predecessor, but the fairground whimsy, barrage of japing horns, and splatterfest synths playfully conjure Hatfield and the North more than the teutonic hirsute rockers of krautrock past, though spiritually such allegiances aren’t found too far back in the fossil record. And the fear sharply metastasizes throughout the closing ten minutes of “Atmos Keyhole”, as Cathryn Robson’s oral ejaculations channel Diamanda Galas’s existential angst, Kazuyuki Kishino's ghost machine washes across Segers’s bass-scapes, and both crawl hesitantly about the wreckage of a studio stormed by mecha-beings intent on retaking the universe. Powerful, punchy, and proggy, and wholly Eclectic in the extreme. Which is precisely the point. - Darren Bergstein, DMG NYC

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Eclectic Maybe Band zum Dritten. Das Projekt hat sich wohl inzwischen zu einer Art virtuellen Bigband entwickelt, hat doch Guy Segers (der einzige, der in jeder Nummer zu hören ist) eine ganze Ladung von Mitmusikern eingebunden, die sich aber selten (also zumindest zur Einspielung der hier vorzufindenden Musik) zusammen in einem Tonstudio aufgehalten haben.  Oder, für die Tracks 2, 4, 5 und 7 fanden sich wohl jeweils 6-7 Musiker in einem Aufnahmeraum in Belgien ein. Diese vier Track werden im Inneren des Digifiles übrigens als Kollektivimprovisationen geführt, während die anderen vier Nummern Guy Segers als Komponisten haben, in "Atomos keyholde" zusammen mit Kazuyuki Kishino.  Ein bisschen Namedropping: Martin Archer (Orchestra of the Upper AtmosphereDas Rad), Dirk Descheemaeker (Univers ZeroJulverne), Dave Newhouse (The Muffins), Jean Pierre Soarez (Art Zoyd), Andy Kirk (Univers Zero), Michel Delville (The Wrong Object), Ángel Ontalva (October EquusSeaorm) und einige mehr. Beeindruckend, zumindest wenn man Avantprogadept ist, auch wenn die meisten derselben nur in einer der Nummern auftauchen.  Die Musik auf "Again Alors?" bewegt sich weiterhin irgendwo im Grenzgebiet von Avantprog und freierem Jazzrock, bisweilen etwas retrorockig eingefärbt, oft freier Klangmalend. Eine Spur elektronischer scheint mir die Musik diesmal ausgefallen zu sein (man höre z.B. das abschließende "Atomos keyhole"), aber es gibt hier natürlich viel Kammerprog zu hören, und Fans der Bands denen die oben aufgeführten Musiker angehören (oder einstmals angehörten) sollten recht viel Spaß mit dieser Musik haben.  Mit "Further on the ladder" gibt es auch wieder eine Art Song, in dem Carla Diratz ihre Reibeisenstimme erklingen lässt und auch im schon erwähnten "Atomos keyhole" sind menschliche Stimmen (recht exaltiert) zu vernehmen. Ansonsten ist die Musik sehr farbig und abwechslungsreich ausgefallen. Flöte, Klarinette, Violine Fagott, Sax, Cello, Trompete, Piano, Bassklarinette sorgen immer wieder für bisweilen ziemlich abgefahrene Solo-Einlagen, während E-Gitarre, Bass und Schlagzeug für die rockige Grundlage zuständig sind (so denn eine vorhanden ist) oder schräges Wüten, eingebettet meist in diverses Tastenwerk und allerlei Elektronisches (ab und zu auch Gesampeltes und programmierte Perkussion). Zwischen schrägen Soundscapes, freiem Klangbasteln und klassisch-komplexem Avantprog bewegt sich die Musik dabei, virtuos vorgetragen, druckvoll produziert und schwungvoll bzw. intensiv vorgetragen.  "Again Alors?" ist ein weiteres hervorragendes Album aus dem Hause Discus, welches Hörern und Hörerinnen sehr zu empfehlen ist, die progressiv-experimenteller Klanggebilde aus der Avantprog- oder Jazzrockschublade schätzen. - Achim Breiling, BABYBLAUE SEITEN http://www.babyblaue-seiten.de/

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Again Alors? is the third release by Belgium's Eclectic Maybe Band, the creation of bassist/composer Guy Segers. Half the tracks were improvised live in the studio, half created by players contributing composed or improvised parts one at a time...... The long opening "Disquiet" is powered by drummer Fabrice Owerzarzak, who cleverly varies the groove. Like the album as a whole, it crosses genres that include rock, jazz, electronica and abstract. An enjoyable, eventful release. - Andy Hamilton, THE WIRE

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Is this a band? Maybe. Is it eclectic? Most definitely. For their first release, 2018’s The Blind Night Watchers' Mysterious Landscapes, they were a six-piece all-Belgian unit formed around the core of Guy Segers (ex-Univers Zero on bass, samplers, virtual keyboards, and percussion) with Michel Delville (ex-Machine Mass, The Wrong Object on electric guitar), Catherine Smet (keyboards), Roland Binet (flute, tenor sax), Joe Higham (woodwinds and electronics), and Dirk Wachtelaer (drums). By their second recording, Reflection in a Moebius Ring Mirror (2019), the core remained intact but Segers added a dozen more musicians from all over the planet to play on this track or that, and for this, their third album, Again Alors?, the lineup has grown by five more, and the group’s scope and vision has grown as well. Univers Zero alums Dirk Descheemaeker (clarinet, bass clarinet) and Andy Kirk (keys) are now in the group, along with clarinetist Martin Archer, basoonist Stephan Köhr, Dave Newhouse (sax, bass clarinet), Cécile Broché and Ariane Plumerel (violins), Jean-Pierre Soarez (ex-Art Zoyd trumpet), Carla Diratz and Cathryn Robson (vocals), Ángel Ontalva (October Equus and Seaorm) and Pascal Vaucel (guitar), Fabrice Owerzarzak (drums), Pierre Bernard (flute), Sigrid Vandenbogaerde (cello), and Kazuyuki Koshino on ghost machine — whatever that is, but it sounds really cool and features on the magnificent final track “Atomos Keyhole.” The album is roughly an even split between Segers compositions and group improvisations, and the singers contribute their own lyrics. Obviously not every player plays on every track, though Segers assumes the role of master arranger, pulling the various players’ contributions together and forming them into the finished pieces. The opening Segers composition, “Disquiet,” begins with a gentle gamelan-like percussive intro over a period of several minutes as other players slowly join the parade of sounds, featuring saxes, guitar, flute, electronics, drums, bassoon, and more, building slowly at first, then taking a more structured form, carrying on to its thirteen-plus minute conclusion with some of the most interesting music one will hear anywhere. Diratz’ unique vocals grace the track “Further on the Ladder,” another Segers-composed piece that moves forward in a haunting and deliberate way, with Vaicel’s snarly guitar tones lighting the way forward; it's one of only two vocal tracks on the entire set. “Voici, Voila” and “Smudgy Cartography” typify the inventive collective improvisations that work so well as interludes between the more composed tracks, gentle, powerful, and scenic in every way, the former sprawling out to its eleven-minute conclusion, while the latter is the album’s shortest track at just over five minutes. Again Alors? serves as a pivotal creative portal for Segers and the many musicians involved, and stands as one of the finest releases of the year — and don’t forget that the two previous albums are every bit as engaging as this one.

 

- Peter Thelen, Expose magazine - http://expose.org/index.php/articles/display/eclectic-maybe-band-again-alors-3.html

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Another musical novel of mystery, intrigue, freight elevator travel from the basement to the twilight zone upper floors, through a maze of gravitation fields mixed with alien clay and unidentified substances. This, the third masterpiece under the hands of master musician, composer, producer, engineer, and all that is and isn't classified as creator of art, Mr Guy Segers. That said, as he continues to thrill listeners, this genius brings large hand picked ensembles together, who do a magical performance of both composed pieces and improvisational works, in no certain order, and then waits on the wizard (Segers) to edit, slice or dice, add or subtract, spin the dials into what results into ultimate brilliance from every single second of each composition.  A unique method, and amazing output from everyone involved. The final mastering is by  Pierre Vervloesem.  The audition of the music is as great as you would expect, and for fans, this "Again Alors?" recording is packed with an almost bursting at the seams combination of ambient, Canterbury fusion - small section and big band jazz, dark chamber, fleeting classical, sharp edged progressive rock with the urgency his early fame as a member of Univers Zero, hints of Present, and far more than simple adjectives can convey. A look at the universal musicians tell quite a lot. - Lee Henderson BIG BEAUTIFUL NOISE MAGAZINE  https://www.bigbeautifulnoise.com/

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Another musical novel of mystery, intrigue, freight elevator travel from the basement to the twilight zone upper floors, through a maze of gravitation fields mixed with alien clay and unidentified substances. This, the third masterpiece under the hands of master musician, composer, producer, engineer, and all that is and isn't classified as creator of art, Mr Guy Segers. That said, as he continues to thrill listeners, this genius brings large hand picked ensembles together, who do a magical performance of both composed pieces and improvisational works, in no certain order, and then waits on the wizard (Segers) to edit, slice or dice, add or subtract, spin the dials into what results into ultimate brilliance from every single second of each composition.  A unique method, and amazing output from everyone involved. The final mastering is by  Pierre Vervloesem.

The audition of the music is as great as you would expect, and for fans, this "Again Alors?" recording is packed with an almost bursting at the seams combination of ambient, Canterbury fusion - small section and big band jazz, dark chamber, fleeting classical, sharp edged progressive rock with the urgency his early fame as a member of Univers Zero, hints of Present, and far more than simple adjectives can convey. A look at the universal musicians tell quite a lot.