Saturday, March 3, 2007

EIDER STELLAIRE-S/T, LP 1981 + S/T (2nd), LP, 1986, FRANCE





Considered by many "in the life" to be one of the cornerstone zeuhl bands, Eider Stellaire's reputation for the most part rests largely on the back of their more readily available 2nd and 3rd albums. Their second album (self titled, as was the first) as you'll see is quite a brilliant record (in it's own way as incredible as their debut), but it's zeuhl connection is a bit less specific, with a sound that often seems more akin to Art Zoyd or AZ leader Thierry Zaboitzeff's solo album "Promethee", with it's unsettling electronic climates and odd angularity (the less said about their third album, the better). It's on their ridiculously rare debut album however that all the hallmark zeuhl signifiers are most in play. Devastatingly heavy on so many levels, Eider Stellaire's sound here has as much akin to the Eskaton of "Ardeur" and "Fiction" as it does to the Magma mothership. Powered by a bassist who brings a distinctly Paganotti-like edge to the proceedings, what really tends to distinguish their work a bit from their peers is the degree of guitar firepower that Jean-Claude Delachat brings to the recording. A real blissed peak of the zeuhl cannon, I believe only a few hundred of these were made. Of those, only 50 came with this original cover, the rest finally being issued after the release of their second album using a press over-run of additional sleeves from the second LP to house their first album. Distressingly, Le Bars apparently refuses to ever see Eider Stellaire's music reissued.

NOTE: BOTH OF THE ORIGINAL MEDIAFIRE LINKS FOR THESE LP'S HAVE DIED, AND AS I NO LONGER HAVE EITHER OF THEM ON MY HARD DRIVE, THE LINKS BELOW WILL NOW RE-DIRECT YOU TO OTHER BLOGS WHO'VE
POSTED THESE LP'S. THE LINK FOR THEIR 2ND LP ALSO HAS A DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE FOR THEIR FIRST LP, BUT THE PROG NOT FROG BLOG'S POST OF IT IN THE FIRST LINK IS AT A HIGHER BITRATE. BE AWARE THAT ALL LINKS ON PROG NOT FROG ARE TO BE FOUND IN THE COMMENT BOARDS OF THE POSTS...

Their first has now been reissued by Soleil Zeuhl and shares of it are no longer available here.

Their second can be found Here

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks, I have the first one, great album. Hope the second one is as good this.

Anonymous said...

More Stellaire from just the other day:

http://mysteryposter.blogspot.com/2007/02/eider-stellaire.html

vdoandsound said...

Anonymous-Oof! That marks the last time I do a post where I fail to first do a google blog search first. One of those I simply assumed would not have been posted elsewhere...silly me...

Anonymous said...

What bitrate are these in? I got the first from ProgNotFrog and the second from mysteryposter. The first is in 256 kbps, the second in 224. I would like to know if I should take the time to upgrade.

Good post though, these are great albums, a shame they haven't been re-issued.

Anonymous said...

Hey, great post!
I've been listening to their first one for a while now, a great album! The slowing climax in the first track reminds me strongly of a similar section in Guapo's Five Suns, I wonder if they had heard Eider...

Mystery Poster said...

Better bitrate here, 256kbps - removed from MP. Unreleased album still there, 3 moved to & Friends. See post at site, above, for mentioned album and links to other sources, including this one.

Enjoy!

~Myst Pos

Anonymous said...

hi guys could it be possible to repost eider stellaire II,III,IV all links are dead :( this band is exceptional and very hard to find.
Thx in advance <3

Anonymous said...

as already noted (Nov 7) the mediafire links to EIDER STELLAIRE-S/T, LP 1981 + S/T (2nd), LP, 1986, FRANCE are all dead. was really looking forward to this one. is it possible to fix up? thanks!

ml said...

Links are all dead. is it possible to fix up? thanks! [2]

bishun said...

possible to get these re-upped on rapidshare or alternative? Great site, much love!

Anonymous said...

Hi!
Peease, re-upload them!
Thank You.
Carlos, from Madrid.

HLAVA said...

in case anyone here might like to sell the 2nd album, please get in touch!