MORSE CODE – “PROCRÉATION” (1976)
Don’t know much about this band, outside of them being French-Canadian, but damn, that cover creeps me out. They were a four-piece symphonic prog outfit in the Genesis or King Crimson vein; mellotron licks drape this album like a heavy velvet cloak. Make sure you check out the track “Des Hauts et des Ha!” first — it’s mighty ridiculous and rad at the same time. And I gotta give it up for the 26-minute title track, which explores the same kind of territory as some of the longer O.G. jams of Van Der Graaf Generator.
I have a friend from France who told me recently that the Quebecois accent is “ugly”, and comparable to a kind of nasal “Valley girl” thing. I can mostly hear it, as French-Canadians speak with a much flatter tone than the typically jowly Gallic way of speaking. I’m sure most French-Canadians would probably say that the Euro-French tone sounds snooty and pompous, like someone from the U.S. would rip on a stuffy Brit for speaking nothing but “pfeffer-feffer puh pfeffer-feff.”