Postby Coffee_&_Cigarettes » Wed Apr 22, 2009 1:38 am

Another great "obscure" prog band, these guys hail from Quebec and are among the best folk-rock you will ever listen.


Lead vocalist and guitarist Serge Fiori met Michel Normandeau (vocals and guitar) in a theatre music meeting. Later on in 1973 they met bassist Louis Valois and became Harmonium. In November 1973 the group performed their first air play on CHOM-FM. They played 3 tracks: "Pour un instant", "Un musicien parmi tant d'autres", and "Un refrain parmi tant d'autres". The first 2 songs were demos at the time and were later recorded professionally to be put on their first album, "Harmonium". The last song was a sequel to "Un musicien parmi tant d'autres", but never made the album cut, staying as a b-side. Apart from the album, one single was recorded at the time: "Pour un instant", featuring 2 tracks (one on each side), the title song and "100,000 Raisons", only released on the CD version of the album almost 20 years later.
After many little shows and a small tour played all over Québec, they were up for the second album. The album, sometimes known as "Les Cinq Saisons", was actually named "Si on avait besoin d'une cinquième saison". There were five songs on the album, one representing each season and the last song being the "new" season. For this album the band had three new members: Pierre Daigneault, playing the flutes, sax, and clarinets, Serge Locat, handling the piano and synths, and Judy Richards, who sings the melody of the fifth season in "Histoires sans Paroles".
The third disk, "L'Heptade", is about the seven states of consciousness of a person (during a day, or during a life). The first and the last song are named "Comme un fou" and "Comme un sage", indicating a progression towards wisdom.
Their last concert is said to have taken place at the Centre de la Nature in Laval, PQ, in late 1978. In 2007, all three of Harmonium's studio albums were named among the 100 greatest Canadian albums of all time in Bob Mersereau's book "The Top 100 Canadian Albums". They were the only francophone albums from Quebec named to the list besides Jean-Pierre Ferland's "Jaune".

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Re: Harmonium

Postby Kohntarkosz » Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:44 am

I've been wanting to hear this band, but their CD's seem to be hard to come by.

Anyway, if you like Harmonium, another band you might like Ere-G, another Quebecois band who I'm told are heavily influenced by Harmonium.
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