Platypus is the second album by this instrumental chamber rock/zeuhl/R.I.O. ensemble from Bordeaux, France. Sotos was formed in January of 1996. From the beginning the line up has been the same five young musicians on guitar, violin, cello, bass and drums, all of whom were students at the French National School of Music when they formed the group. In 1999, they recorded their first album which was released on the French Gazul label and which met with strong acclaim. Platypus was recorded by the noted engineer Bob Drake, who has done fine work for 5uu's, NeBeLNeST, The Science Group, Thinking Plague and others, and the nicely recorded and balanced sound allows you to hear all the strong nuances of this rich and complex music. There is so much good work that is left to be done in this field of music, and so few people working in this vein, that Platypus is sure to be a best of the year release to fans of Bela Bartok, Doctor Nerve, King Crimson, Magma, Igor Stravinsky, Univers Zero, Zypressen and other contemporary composers and ensembles.
released September 17, 2002
Nicolas Cazaux - violin
Yan Hazera - guitar, metallophone
Nadia Leclerc - cello
Bruno Camiade - bass
Michael Hazera - drums, percussion
1-7 / Maelstrøm composed by Bruno Camiade
8 / Wu composed by Yan Hazera
Both pieces were arranged by Sotos
Recorded by Bob Drake at Studio Midi-Pyrénées, Caudeval, France, August 2001 / February 2002.
Mixed by Bob Drake and Sotos, January / April 2002.
Très bon zeuhl français qui s'aventure parfois en territoire metal ou math-rock, tout en restant très original et généreux en matière de sonorités bizarres. Belle ambiance SF pour parachever l'ensemble : de la très belle ouvrage ! Ghob82