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Chamber (l’orchestre de chambre noir) * Ghost Stories And Fairy Tales (cd 2003 trisol)

It was a long wait between the cdemo “Pleasure And Pain” (2000) and the first cd “l’Orchestre De Chambre Noir” (the band actually has a double name). The second cd came surprisingly fast. This time Chamber is two men and five females with stringed instruments (violin, cello, contrabass). The music is a mix between chamber music, folky music, gothic and medievalish sounds and around the end of the cd even country and rock’n’roll. Something else than all the neofolk things and also different from neoclassical projects, a real band, real music and a unique sound. The first songs are modest songs, at the end come some more happy-sounding songs. From wonderfull classical music to dramatic gothic songs and crazy ‘fairy whores’. Highly recommanded.

Chamber (l’orchestre de chambre noir) * Pleasure And Pain (cdemo 2000)

I had never heard of this band until they played at a free festival in Rotterdam (Netherlands) which had a “Cybergothic” stage. I saw a beautiful neo-folk performance with a male singer and an acoustic guitar and four young women on violin (2), cello and bass. It took me a while to find this band, there was nothing available at the festival and in the end the band turned out to not simply be called “Chamber”, but with the double name “Chamber / l’Orchestre de Chambre Noir”. “Pleasure And Pain” is the first cd of Chamber and actually it is a very professionally looking demo. The actual cd will be recorded this autumn and should be available from Trisol records coming spring.
The line-up on this cd is a bit different from when I saw them. On the cd there are two men and three women, two guitars and only one violin. Also the music is a bit different from what I remember. The cd has a more gothic sound while I remember a more neo-folk oriented performance. I think that if you want to compare this band with anything, it is best to say that it sounds something like the “From The Heart” cd of Shadow Project. Chamber is more orchestral though and there is a bit more neo-folk in Chamber as well and some medieval influences. The music is always very moody and very beautiful and if you like classically oriented gothic music or neo-folk, I suggest that you visit the band’s nice webpage and get a copy of this cd.