Totems d'Armorique, recorded in 2007 is
Stone Age's fourth album.
The band is French, but I was pleased to hear some of the lyrics
in English as well.
comes in a DigiPack with the CD holder affixed to one of the
flaps instead of the back (the back holds a booklet with the
lyrics in it), and is quite long with 17 tracks totaling 53
minutes of music. Long enough to keep me entertained on
the journey to and from work on the car CD player.
Musically, the album is a departure from
their previous albums. Less electronic than it's 'Enigma'-like
predecessors 'Promessa' and 'Time Travellers', the
arrangements make more use of acoustic instruments.
However, the production values give these acoustic instruments
the power and expression of electric ones. I found the
production similar to, and the equal of 'The Ladder' by Yes,
perhaps because of its Progressive, acoustic / electric blends,
and also some of the vocal counterpoint. Musical highlights
for me were the tracks 'Enez Sun' and 'The Crimson Flow', which
transitioned brilliantly with a keyboard arpeggio from the
previous track 'Organik Reel'.
I was also impressed by the overall
production, and upon learning that Scope played a large part in
the recording and production of this sonic masterpiece I was
interested in just what roles the Scope system played in the
recording and production process.