Review Summary: An absolutely stunning gem hidden away in the vaults of progressive music.
Calling "Les Porches" a progressive rock album might be a bit of a stretch. In fact, most of the album sounds like it could be the soundtrack to a fantasy movie. However, as a soundtrack, it could stand up to the likes of Howard Shore or Hans Zimmer.
The album consists of 4 songs: two mammoth-sized epics (clocking in at 19 and 15 minutes) and two shorter track (1 and 4 minutes). Being largely instrumental, the band spend most of their time weaving together passages of piano, flute, saxophone, clarinet and many other instruments seamlessly switching from one style and mood to the next, much like a movie soundtrack would. The band mixes heavy classical influences with some folkier stylings and the occasional jazz and the end result is simply breathtaking. In fact, this "progressive rock" album features very little rock. However, when the rock aspect is utilised, the band manages to create epic climaxes of post-rock proportions as they spend long minutes slowly building the more "classical" instruments into an enormous crescendo that utilises the loudness of the rock as the ideal release.
"Les Porches" is a stunning album that sadly never managed to break through the underground back when it was released. It may not be the easiest prog album to sit through but it is a rewarding one. Although it may not appeal to all fans of progressive rock due to the small amount of actual "rock" elements, it is a treat for those not afraid of something truly "progressive".