The Pilgrim's Progress

by Clair Obscur

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Blume 03:00
Zeda 01:59
K.G. 02:59
Toundra 02:41
Czarin 03:22
The Rope 02:59
Michel 02:11
Ethique 01:57



BUY the Limited Edition Digipack CD from Infrastition.
It includes The Pilgrim's Progress live 1984 + CO live at Festival des Musiques Mutantes 1986

THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS was originally published in 1986 by
All The Madmen (UK) as a vinyl LP distributed by Rough Trade/Cartel.

It contains nine tracks recorded live at Théâtre du Forum des Halles, Paris in 1984 (see photos enclosed).

All tracks, lyrics & music, Thierry Damerval, Christophe Demarthe, Nicolas Demarthe

Vocals, Christophe Demarthe
Guitars, Keyboards, Nicolas Demarthe
Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Voice, Thierry Damerval
Drums, Jean-Yves Liot

Sound engineer, Pat Bouchard
Re-mastering, Markus Aschenbrenner
Graphic design & photography, Philippe Touzard

Many thanks to Cecille Bobo, Robert K., Rob Cod, Rob Challice, V.i.S.A., DIJ, Jacques.

The Pilgrim's Progress was re-issued by Infrastition in 2008 together with a recording of CO Live at Festival des Musiques Mutantes 1986.


CLAIR OBSCUR, "The Pilgrim’s Progress" (All The Madmen).
WE ALL like to hate a little religion now and again. The trappings, especially the hypocrisy, but above all, the dictates that it places on day-to-day living. Clair Obscur hate it with a heart, or more pointedly the austerity demarcated in the ‘Pilgrim’s Progress’; “Where Christian Strives not to wander from the straight and narrow”. Trying to transfer their live show, which by all accounts is a largely visual satire on Bunyan’s prodigy, onto vinyl is, by definition, an impossible task. A pity, because the musical residue needs some kind of injection to push it above the lethargic feeling present. The atmospherics created by the drum and the bass together, the synth, the growling vocals, can’t rid this record of its ‘no-thing without visuals’ aura. This French band have chosen a brave course for their debut UK LP.
Stan Barton, 1986


released January 1, 1986


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Of all the bands that animated the French cold wave and industrial scene of the 1980s, Clair Obscur is certainly one of those whose influence was most vivid beyond the borders of France.

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