Artcane was a French symphonic-rock band that released the album Odyssée on Philips in 1977.

Members: Alain Coupel (keyboards, synthesizer, vocals), Jack Mlynski (guitar, vocals), Stanislas Belloc (bass, vocals), Daniel Locci (drums, percussion)


Artcane assembled in Clermont-Ferrand, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, in 1973. They recorded their singular album, Odyssée, in 1976 and released it the following year on French Philips.

Odyssée features six tracks, mostly instrumental, including the intro title-track and the 16-minute “Artcane 1,” both composed by percussionist Daniel Locci. Guitarist Jack Mlynski contributed the tracks “25ème Anniversaire” and “Le chant d’Orphée.” The nine-minute epic “Novembre” is credited to keyboardist Alain Coupel.

Musical characteristics include guitar-work in the Starless/Shylock vein and keyboards reminiscent of Pulsar. The album was produced by François Wertheimer and engineered by Frank Redlich (Z.O.U., Béatrice Tékielski, Space Art, Armande Altaï). The cover art was done by one Pierre Fonvieille. The inner-fold features a panoramic b&w photo of the Alps.

Artcane broke up in 1979. Coupel notched a technical credit on the 1984 EP Total Terminus by Clermont post-punks Karnage.

In 2018, Odyssée was reissued on Musea with 15 minutes of bonus live material from 1976.


  • Odyssée (1977)


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