Chef Menteur (III)

Crank this to 9.1 of 11 - Editors' Pick

Released: 2015

Genre: Space Rock

Sounds Like: Oresund Space Collective, Vibravoid

On our endeavors to seek out new and unusual space rock, we have to travel to New Orleans, LA where a four-piece band known as Chef Menteur resides. We haven’t the foggiest idea why they don’t have more of an underground following since their blend of instrumental space and psyche rock is so broad and immense. Through the up and coming impressive label Sunrise Ocean Bender, Chef Menteur has released a 3-Disc set simply titled III. This set includes a re-release of of their 2012 album East of the Sun & West of the Moon, the unreleased ‘companion’ album North Tomorrow & South of Yesterday, from the same sessions and their newest album 2014’s Force Majeure.


These four musicians are extremely talented and feed off each other very well. Their music is difficult to pin down, at times it’s mesmerizing ambiance or heavy droning space rock. They even take their music into progressive rock territory as well. For an instrumental band, it would seem difficult to keep the listeners’ full attention for all 3 discs, yet they have managed to capture our attention and not only hold it, but have us coming back for more. Since there is such an enormous amount of music to get lost in, 23 tracks totaling 2 hours 45 minutes and 47 seconds, it’s impossible to describe in a song by song break down. We recommend you take your time and let the music seed within your conscience. We’ll do a brief overview of each disc as it would take a novel to break this one down.


Disc 1: East of the Sun & West of the Moon (69:33)

Tracks:

1. Narconaut - 4:48

2. Il obstrue ma vue de Vénus - 4:40

3. Terpsichore - 4:42

4. Lozenge Club - 1:22

5. The Forest - 5:46

6. Oxen of the Sun - 11:31

7. Ganymede - 19:07

8. The Long Stand (part 2) - 3:56

9. Ordo Templi Orientis - 5:25

10. I Belong To This Plateau - 5:58

11. For the Lion - 4:20

12. King Richard - :32


The first disc takes off right way with “Narconaut,” sounding like classic Farflung, its heavy and very spacious, all three musicians are in total synch. With echoed guitars, psychedelic synths, a rich gravity deifying bass, and mesmerizing drums, this song has it all, and its only track one. The disc keeps us our interest with the infectious acoustics and bass in “Il obstrue ma vue de Vénus,” which is one of the stand out tracks. We absolutely love the diversity the band brings forth with the jazzy trumpet in “Terpsichore” and the electronic ambiance of “The Forest”. As the album progresses it continues to hold our attention and we have no desire to skip to the next track. The two longest songs “Oxen of the Sun” and “Ganymede” will suck you into their spaced-out, trippy atmosphere as they have this anti-gravity, hypnotic feel. The last few songs continue to impress and become impossible to describe in words. With compositions ranging from Hawkwind-like psychedelics to Middle Eastern soundscapes, just check out “Ordo Templi Orientis,” the sound is so damn impressive when cranked up. Disc one is a space rock gem on our books, let us now travel to disc 2.


Disc 2: North of Tomorrow and South of Yesterday (64:43)

Tracks:

1. Ribbons from Lake Kwashiorkor - 2:47

2. Farfisa Duo Raga - 4:44

3. Omnilab - :39

4. Terpsichore - 7:22

5. Where Wings Take Dream - 2:45

6. Pastranomy pastranomi - :15

7. One Fret Beyond - 3:11