Essential: a masterpiece of Prog Rock music
For all intents and purposes, this was Stivell’s debut, and an impressive and mature debut at that. From the opening notes of the title cut, the openness and greenery of the rich Breton countryside is mainlined for the listener. One does not need to have set foot in Brittany to visualize that which Stivell paints so vividly. Most tracks are sung in French but are no less authentic for it.
The album Naissance de l’horizon is thought of as a cyclical film : it begins with an explosion, in quintet, symbolizing the beginnings of matter and life; Passes through different states continuously; And closed in symmetry to the first piece by a rise of hope. The titles linked to each other musically give the album its unity, in the manner of the discs of progressive rock of the Seventies.