The French ensemble have kept faithful to their trademark style, in which pulsing piano chords set the pace for the string-work woven by the cellist and the three violinists, haunted by female choirs that surface on occasion.
Yet, contrary to its predecessor, which mostly gathered pieces composed over the years, "Demain, c'était Hier" was devised as a complete opus, giving way to longer and more elaborate compositions.
Although challenging in its complexity, "Demain, cétait Hier" is nevertheless immediately engaging, building a vibrant soundtrack to a tale of mystery and suspense.
The album holds quiet, melancholy-driven moments - such as those found on Teletemps or Cyrius B, emphasized by beautiful violin solos, or the title track's slow motion waltz - that flow into stirring, violent passages on tracks like Lunistice or Des Restes Vivaces.
Halfway through the record, Allegra Aeternae offers an epic crescendo, complete with choir, percussion and French horn, immediately preceding the eerie Marche Nocturne with its wickedly ceremonial atmosphere.
Such variety is testimony to the band's ability to take Contemporary / Neo-Classical music beyond its typical standards, by adding to this genre other stylistic references,
1 Zenith 2:36
2 Cyclogenese 4:12
3 Teletemps 6:23
4 Cyrius B 4:34
5 Soupir 5:03
6 Allegra Aeternae 6:04
7 Marche Nocturne 4:38
8 Les Canons Du Ciel (In Memory Of Bolal Dia) 2:59
9 Demain, C'Était Hier 2:22
10 Lunistice 5:00
11 Des Restes Vivaces 3:05
12 Thaïmiz Dih Enemy 3:11
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