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Cyber Neptune

by Claire Vezina

Progressive/Art Rock
Genre: Rock: Progressive Rock
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1. Cyber Neptune
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2. Meluzine
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3. Naufrage
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4. Il pleut sur la ville
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5. Jeanne
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6. Dans ton monde cyber
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7. 11h52
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8. Soleil
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9. Les soldats
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10. De l'ouest ... une brise souffle
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11. Tant de guerres
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12. Cyber Neptune II
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"CYBER NEPTUNE" le nouvel album de CLAIRE VEZINA.

- ENGLISH VERSION BELOW -

Avec ce nouvel album, la musicienne nous fait naviguer dans son univers à l’aide d’atmosphères électro-rock aux tendances progressives, tout en demeurant connectée avec ses racines musicales.

Des textes oniriques et sensibles qui traitent de la vie et de la mort, de l'amour et de la guerre, nous racontent des histoires urbaines (Il pleut sur la ville, Dans ton monde cyber), une légende vendéenne (Méluzine), des questionnements contemporains (Cyber Neptune, Jeanne, Les soldats), des rêves éveillés (Naufrage, 11h52, De l'ouest une brise souffle) et des interrogations sur la vie (Soleil, Tant de guerres).

Cyber Neptune : un album totalement libre et entièrement indépendant.
Cyber Neptune de Claire Vezina : un album et une auteure-compositeure à découvrir.

Réalisation: Claire Vezina et Serge Poulin
Arrangements: Claire Vezina, Serge Poulin et les musiciens
Enregistrement et Mixage: Jeff Grenier (Studio Monocube)
Enregistrement additionnel: Serge Poulin (La Grouve Shoppe)
Gravure: Reggie Thompson (Studio CDX Mastering)
Éditions CVez 2008 (socan) (gema)

TEXTES ET PHOTOS INCLUS DANS LE LIVRET.


- ENGLISH VERSION -

Upon the first lines of the album we guess where the songwriter Claire Vezina wants to take us with her 4th opus. Powerful and significant, the album Cyber Neptune sails across open waters; sometimes stormy, sometimes calm but always intense. Cyber for modern world, daily life and virtual reality whereas Neptune stands for water, imagination and depth.

The dreamlike and sensitive texts talk about life and death, love and war and tell us about urban stories (il pleut sur la ville, Dans ton monde cyber), a Vendeen legend (Méluzine), comtemporary questionings (Cyber Neptune, Jeanne, Les soldats), waking dreams (Naufrage, 11h52, De l'ouest une brise souffle) and interrogations about life (Soleil, Tant de guerres).

Cyber Neptune: totally unhindered and independent album.
Cyber Neptune de Claire Vezina: A song-writer to discover.

Production: Claire Vezina et Serge Poulin
Arrangements: Claire Vezina, Serge Poulin et les musiciens
Recording and mixing: Jeff Grenier (Studio Monocube)
Additional recordings: Serge Poulin (La Grouve Shoppe)
Mastering : Reggie Thompson (Studio CDX Mastering)


PRESSE/PRESS

“Vezina’s vocal is a siren song of matchess loveliness. “Les soldats” takes in these troubled times and becomes a highly complelling protest song Musically it’s reminiscent of Tori Amos and shows her quirky sense of song writing. Vezina stands on her own two feet here, and her albums very compelling."
-Anna Maria Stjämell, Luna Kafé (Oslo, Norway)

"Résolument moderne dans sa réalisation, "Cyber Neptune" est un album captivant qui se compare avantageusement à l'oeuvre des Kate Bush, Emily Bezar et Tori Amos. Inutile d'ajouter que je suis conquis par ce disque qui m'a vraiment surpris par la fluidité des compositions qui s'écoutent en boucle et sans réserve."
-Jean-François Lamarre, Terra Incognita (Québec, Canada)

"Singer and songwriter, Claire Vezina is a wonderful discovery I made recently. I strongly recommend this CD CYBER NEPTUNE for all lovers of rock who like warm female voices and poetic lyrics in progressive rock. This is an artist I will closely follow in the future. "
- Michel F, Proggnosis (USA)

"La québécoise ( ben oui, chante frenchy la belle ! ), déploie sous son nom propre un son de groupe et je suis étonné d’une aussi belle et généreuse production, un son bien américain, digne d’une Lana Lane ! C’est elle-même qui écrit ses textes en français et ça fait bien plaisir ...”
- Bruno Versmisse, Harmonie magazine (France)

“Cyber Neptune is a very captivating disc. I think that Claire Vezina’s musical style is one that will appeal too many symphonic or prog fans who appreciate what Peter Gabriel does, mixing pop and prog together. It certainly worked its magic on me and I was hooked.”
-Jerry Lucky, The progressive rock files (British Columbia, Canada)

“En voilà une surprise. On était loin de se douter que Claire Vezina nous emmènerait avec elle dans ce périple du fond des océans. Faisant tour à tour allusion à Pink Floyd, Tori Amos et Ayreon (période Into The Electric Castle)... De l’ancien au moderne, il n’y a qu’un pas - franchi en douceur -... Cyber Neptune est donc une vraie révélation... Le voyage ne peut être que féérique...”
- Dan Tordjman, Progressia (France)

"Very progressive-flavored with full electric rock instrumentation on many tracks impeccably performed and full of magical atmospheres. Vezina has a beautiful voice to deliver the lyrics, in french of course, essential to the feel of her music. Claire Vezina joins Emily Bezar and Kate Bush in the aristocracy of female progressive artists."
- Kinesis (USA)

"À la fois très pop dans l’esprit et très electro-rock dans la réalisation. La voix est toujours considérée comme un instrument et son grain d’une rare sensualité ressortant toujours de façon irréprochable ..."
-Fred Delforge, Zicazic (France)

"Singer and songwriter, Claire Vezina is a wonderful discovery I made recently. I strongly recommend this CD CYBER NEPTUNE for all lovers of rock who like warm female voices and poetic lyrics in progressive rock. This is an artist I will closely follow in the future. "
- Michel F, Proggnosis (USA)

“ Se trata de un disco fresco, atmosférico, moderno, con toques progresivos, electrónicos, buenos arreglos y buenas instrumentaciones, con letras sensibles que tocan tópicos directos y actuales (la guerra, la paz, el mundo virtual...) y también temas mitológicos (Meluzine)... Un trabajo fácil de escuchar, muy agradable y sensible dentro de su universo.”
- Gustavo Bolasini, El Retorno del Gigante (Argentina)

“ Her voice can be delicate and fragile to strong and intense, sometimes in the same song... her voice is a real highlight. This cd sort of crept up on me the more I played it. There is a certain amount of sophistication here that I just cannot ignore. ”
- John Neudorf, Sea of Tranquility (USA)

"Cyber Neptune est étonnant à plus d'un titre ... Il s'en dégage une aura de rock progressif planant, cher au Québec ... Le travail d'une vraie de vraie marginale ... "
- Marie-Christine Blais, La Presse (Qc, Canada)

“Une voix chaude et colorée, une voix qui lui est unique ...”
- Michel Parent, QuebecPop (Qc, Canada)


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Schneider

Cyber neptune
Eine Verzauberung umgibt Dich beim Anhören dieser neuen CD der sympathischen Lidermacherin aus Québec,
denn einmal ist das Arrangement der Musik weit entfernt von den durch andere folkrockig-jazzige Lieder erworbene Hörgewohnheiten, zum anderen nehmen einem die Texte der Autorin gefangen.Eine spärische Atmosphäre liegt im Fenderrhode-dominierten Sound- mit rockigen, fetzigen Gitarrenriffs geschmückt- sowie eine manchmal märchenhafte("Mélusine"),dann wieder realistische Stimmung ("Cyber Néptune") in den Texten.Bravo, Claire!

cyril

cyber neptune
Ca fait quelques semaines que cet album m'accompagne, sans aucune trace de lassitude. Ma fille de trois ans me le réclame tous les matins dans la voiture... et ainsi commence la journée en compagnie de Méluzine et de Claire Vézina. Et c'est avec un petit sentiment de fierté que je peux dire à ma fille que je connais « la dame qui chante », car j'ai croisé un jour son chemin qui l'avait mené en France, où tous les gens qui l'ont approchée ou simplement vue en concert sont restés marqués par son talent et son énergie contagieuse.
Attention, dans cet album, aux sons ciselés et aux ambiances maîtrisées, coulent de petites rivières mélodiques et cristallines qui pourraient bien vous emporter au-delà des eaux territoriales,… mais ce n'est pas grave, laissez vous dériver...

Lucas Biela

a cyber-neptunian journey!
Cyber Neptune is the fourth album by canadian artist Claire Vezina, but the second on the prog-oriented label, Unicorn Records.

This album starts and ends with the same theme ('Cyber Neptune' I & II), consisting of a repetitive piano/rhodes pattern, like the sounds generated by a barrel organ, and the album title repeated in the chorus, after verses dealing with the conflict between life and death. The lyrics and music are the same in both songs – however absence of drums and guitar in the closing track provides a softer, quieter mood to the song, while voices conform to the reduced musical accompaniement.

The second track, 'Meluzine', starts in a nu-jazz vibe with its discrete programmed beat and delicate piano touches. A sustained Hammond, reminding early Procol Harum, can be heard before drums replace the programmed beat and echoing guitars join. The programmed beat remains in a far background in the second part of the song. Guitars are more aggressive as the song progresses.

'Naufrage' starts with some trip-hop programmation, then it highlights a contrast between the slow and discrete drums/guitars/rhodes during verses (fear and questioning - "peur de te perdre" [afraid of losing you], "qui es-tu" [who are you]) and the enlivened chorus and bridge with echoing guitars and louder drums besides weird synth layers and rhodes respectively (assurance and storm - "debout devant le vide tu es là" [you stand before the emptiness], "soit ma tempête" [be my storm])

'Il pleut sur la ville' is a nice balad. It retains some Americana feel in the guitar, with the amosphere of Fish's balads and Pink Floyd's 'wish you hear' overall.

'Jeanne' starts with some "grunge" guitar and follows in a rock mood, with the main theme repeated by the rhodes in the chorus.

Track 6, as its title would suggest ('dans ton monde cyber' [in your cyber world]), presents with some computer-generated "jungle" beat, imitated by drums at the same time. Rhodes, bass, and syncopated drums give it an aquatic feel, like the movement of waves above the sea.

'11h52' features hypnotic rhodes (once again the aquatic feel) with floydian drums and some eerie orchestrations, Claire ensuring the choir with her voice (without lyrics).

Track 8, faithful to its title ('Soleil' [Sun]), is a sunny pop song displaying an exotic feel in the sparse use of percussions and "Pacific Island" guitar.

'Soldat', is a song that features cascading/echoing piano and David Torn-like sustained and aerial guitars.

'De l'ouest ... une brise souffle' is a song with a Middle Eastern flavour, thanks to the use of dembir and saz (in place of oud). Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway to heaven' (and not 'Kashmir') comes to mind in the chorus.

'Tant de guerres' starts with a programmed beat followed by usual rock instrumentation. This is a song where lyrics are split between english and french in a same line of verse. A midtempo song with Bill Frisell-like guitar – i.e. suddenly changing in directions and creating some steel guitar echoes in the solos’ finales.

One half of the album title reads "Neptune". Neptune can refer to the planet (as seen on the cover), but since water is present in lyrics all along the album, it is also a reference to the God of the seas in greek mythology : water comes first from the depths of seas ("du fond des mers"), it is then confined within the limits of a fountain ("approche de la fontaine, entre dans l'eau claire" [come close to the fountain, enter the clear water]), then it is back in the sea ("tout au fond de l'eau" [in deepest water], where a coin falling in water is compared to the treasure of a sunken boat), it pours from the clouds ("il pleut sur la ville" [it's raining on the city]), it flows in a river ("sur le fleuve" [on the river]), and in the end it returns to the depths of the seas.
The other half of the album title reads "cyber" - this computer world transpires in the use of programmed beat and in the lyrics of 'dans ton monde cyber'.

Overall, this album is very enjoyable, with a talented vocalist/keyboardist, good musicianship and a clever use of various musical influences.