Between Daylight and Dark is Mary Gauthier's (pronounced Go-Shay) sixth full-length offering, and a compelling step forward from 2005's Mercy Now. Produced by Joe Henry with most of the musicians who played on his Civilians album and Loudon Wainwright III's Strange Weirdos – Patrick Warren, Jay Bellerose, Greg Leisz, and David Piltch, with Wainwright and Van Dyke Parks making guest appearances – it possesses a deeply centered, almost organic sound; one that reverberates the intentions of the songwriter without trying to meet the sound head on. Henry is able to present songwriters as strong presences, as the still centers of a chaotic, frenetic world that whirls all around them…
WEIDORJE, formed in 1977 by two ex-MAGMA members, Bernard Paganotti and Patrick Gauthier (also keyboardist for HELDON, a group that featured Richard Pinhas) is one of Zheul's children, probably the most faithful and the closest musically and spiritually to MAGMA. One can find a mythology close to MAGMA's one : "the wait of a flying saucer that would come one morning take us with its new values, sane and safe”.
From the reign of Henry VIII and onwards, the lute and its practitioners enjoyed the patronage of the very highest English society. Henry played the lute himself, as did his daughter Elizabeth I, who during one period employed as many as five lutenists at her court. In 1603, when she was succeeded on the throne by James I, the tradition was maintained: with his appointment of John Dowland the king increased the number of royal lutenists, while his queen, Anne of Denmark, played the lute herself. This royal enthusiasm for the lute influenced the aristocracy, and an English style of lute music was established.
The sole album of this French speaking Canadian band was released in 1972 and housed in a trippy day-glo mushroom cover. This great and still underrated record was ﬁlled with varied, imaginative and cleverly-arranged songs based mostly on pleasant sax and ﬂute passages and was deﬁnitely inﬂuenced by late 60’s psychedelia and classic progressive bands like King Crimson, Van Der Graaf Generator and Jethro Tull. The central point of this very professionally produced album was Le Chateau Hante - progressive, mostly instrumental, 11 minutes track dominated by twisted sounds, haunting whispers and very long, fuzzed-out guitar solo. This CD edition has been carefully remastered from original, analogue source and sounds better than ever!