In the south of France, herbs must grow that have a very specific effect on the music-creative mind. Not only Lazuli come from here, but also Elora, whose debut is a similar notch. Their singer Damian Dahan reminds us of Lazuli front man Dominique Leonetti and often uses similar harmonies. And guitarist Lionel Giacobbé was certainly inspired by the string work of the Leonetti brothers. The sextet from Marseille, founded in 2004, does not process as many folk and world music elements as its established colleagues. In return, Anastasia Moussali also offers appealing female vocals and processes influences from the entire Prog spectrum - from Genesis to Riverside. Bassist Jean-Vincent Fillipini and drummer Julien Beaumont know how to groove and integrate both retro and modern elements into the Elora music. Keyboarder Patrice Cannone also pleases with discreetly set sound carpets, but also with enchanting piano parts ("Ici encore"). The only drawback: Elora sometimes sounds a bit too pleasing.
Top track: Ici encore