Hubert Vrayance – Landscape 80

Hubert Vrayance - Landscape 80 LP front cover
Hubert Vrayance - Landscape 80 LP spread
La Puissance du Feu Solaire

Hubert Vrayance, born 1958, was a member, main composer and keyboard player of French symphonic prog duo Eden, along drummer Allan Lys. Active during the late 1970s, Eden released their unique LP, Aura, in 1979. A church organist as a hobby, Vrayance (real name: Hubert Marty-Vrayance) worked as a chief officer and later a police commissioner from 1985 to 2006. At the end of his career, Vrayance was more or less working as a secret agent on political investigations, which led him to be sacked when his real trade was revealed in a book (info from amazing French Wikipedia article). Landscape 80 is dedicated to a French police commissioner, Pierre-Jean Moatti, who wrote a book on The Extra-Terrestrials and the Bible (!) – info from record cover. One track is also dedicated to François de Roubaix, one of Vrayance’s heroes, along Vangelis.

♫  Released 1986, the monumental Landscape 80 is Vrayance’s unique solo LP, published on French label FLVM (for Faites-Le Vous-Même, or Do It Yourself). FLVM, active between 1978 and 1988, was a curious mix of genres, from Celtic folk music revival to Carribean soukouss, from punk band Les Cadavres to New Wave duo Deux Hommes Avec Des Boîtes, from kosmische musik to an Igor Wakhevitch cassette. The music on Landscape 80 was composed from 1980 to 1985 using synthesizers only. Vrayance’s music deploys limpid chords of cosmic synth waves in pristine arrangements where his experience as a church organ player is obvious – check the conduction and progression of each track and the nuances achieved from electronic keyboards.

01 Avenir Choc
+ 02 Landscape 80
+ 03 Retour Avenir Choc (17:17)
04 Prédestination (4:34)
05 L’Initié Union de l’Orient et de l’Occident (4:37)
06 Atlantique – L’Immensité (7:29)
07 Variations sur la Mer (8:42)
08 Oniris Planète Lointaine (8:16)
09 Azur (14:04)
10 Premier Sourire (4:05)
11 Amour Ether (6:48)
12 Temps Nouveaux (4:05)
13 Premier Pas (3:31)
14 Danse Tellurique (8:52)
15 Telluric Hymn (:57)
16 Splendeur D’Espoir (6:20)

Total time 1h 40mn
2xLP released by FLVM, ref. Flvm 3090/91, France, 1988

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8 Responses to “Hubert Vrayance – Landscape 80”

  1. 1 gianni March 19, 2011 at 11:42 am

    I am enjoying its spacey crazy sounds.
    thank you

  2. 2 continuo March 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    You’re welcome.

  3. 3 twinkle March 21, 2011 at 3:20 am

    some of this is quite nice. the rest is quite cheesy.

  4. 4 continuo March 21, 2011 at 7:35 am

    For a cop, he’s not bad.

  5. 5 RTC March 31, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Wow, this is quite nice!

    A very odd record. Epic! I can totally hear what you mean by Wakhevitch, especially the track I’m listening to right now, L’Initié Union de l’Orient et de l’Occident. De Roubaix for sure, but also a bit of Francis Lai’s spacier side, as well as Jarre…

    But still totally on it’s own planet!

  6. 6 continuo March 31, 2011 at 6:28 am

    While I also hear the cheesiness and clichés in this music, I still think there’s something quite unique in Landscape 80.
    Thanks for your interest.

  7. 7 RTC April 2, 2011 at 5:19 am

    Well, I actually like Jarre and Lai – I meant that in a good way!

    Thanks for this great discovery!

  8. 8 acidbearboy April 4, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Any chance of a re-up, please?

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