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Etienne Michelet – “Bleu Vespéral” (La Nouvelle Dégelée)

Calm Ambient | Young Etienne Michelet is an experimental songwriter and delivery boy of rich, textural Ambient. Just recently, Michelet released two EPs at the notorious Resting Bell Netlabel and over at Digital Biotope. But I'd like to talk about his former minialbum "Bleu Vespéral - A Music For Harmonium" published via La Nouvelle Dégelée earlier this year.

I'm not actually sure if "Bleu Vespéral" is produced on a "hardware" harmonium solely. The sound of the instrument's pipes is clearly there but I would have expected some more noises, certain glitches that occur if you hit the instrument's keys, chiffing and such. "Bleu Vespéral" sounds very clear, ethereal, even sacral with it's huge cathedral reverb flags.

Whatever. Seven songs, rather short, stricly featuring the wide range of sound provide by the "reed organ". Michelet is best when his compositions feature minimal harmonic changes and drifts. The second tune "Arcs (Mobiles)" e.g. fuses Ambient and Chambermusic, huge and beautiful. Wouldn't have been a dropout on the Nest EP. The delicate flute-sounds at "Hexa" are wonderful and the slightly optimistic "Cromorne" brings forth a soothing feel of late-summer nostalgia I enjoy a lot. As a comparions, Processing... comes to my mind. A good EP in a whole although some songs are missing certain hooks.

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Phlow-Author Bettina Rhymes This article was written on 9.June 2008 by Bettina Rhymes. Bettina Rhymes is the journalist alter ego of Sven Swift. Swift runs the established CDr- and Netlabel and acts as a Netaudio DJ every now and then. Next to his job at Phlow Mag, he writes reviews about free music at Read more articles written by .


  • I like this idea of a fictional music. I would form mental images of the little cold chapel where Bleu Vespéral could be recorded, in a tale's time, and bringing this apparition just by quality of sounds. you just have to believe it, or not. It is fictional, like a little colored landscape in a illumination.

    thanks Sven


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    9. Jun 2008 at 5:20 pm
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  • [...] There is also a review of Etienne’s “Bleu Vespéral” published via La Nouvelle Dégelée online at Please read here. [...]

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    11. Jun 2008 at 2:46 pm
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  • Nice work Etienne! I love the warmth of the harmonium - such beautiful compositions for these cold november days. Keep up the good work!

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    17. Nov 2008 at 6:36 pm
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