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Jean Louis



3.18 | 20 ratings

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4 stars The masters of Industrial Tech Jazz have returned! Whereas their debut album might have been a little simple and messy, this album is more mature and closer to a masterpiece. The songs lead into each other more fluently and the music is calmer and jazzier. There is also more variety and colour to the album.

The first piece is 'Lady Crash'. This features the sound of a car race and some noises. It actually makes a great intro 'Schaerbeek', a song with a bit of a car race ambient(don't ask me how). It also has a surprisingly catchy melody in the second half of it.

'Tartaglia' starts off more chilling than any other Jean Louis song I've ever heard, but the madness does kick in after a while. Still one of the calmer pieces of the album.

'Doom' is what it claims to be, doom, and eight minutes of it. Very creepy atmospheres and frantic drumming make that this is one of the best pieces here.

'Junky Clown', a short weird acid piece with a lot of squeaky sounds. The band probably thought that the previous two songs were too normal...

'5 tournant' is a jazz rock piece with a lot of odd time signatures. One of the most accessible pieces and also one of the calmer ones, apart from the outrageous drumming.

'Morses from Mars' is a creepy interlude with a strange buzzing sound that leads into 'Morse'.This is a classic Jean Louis piece with a lot of effects, extremely aggressive drumming, heavy bass at no more than 100 Hz, screaming trumpet and again many different time signatures. If you liked their debut album, you will like this song as well.

'Milwaukee' is an another creepy interlude with dog barks and (I think) synthesizers.

When we're almost at the end, there is still a great piece to come, 'Sapiens'. This is my favorite song of the album and it's different from anything you've heard from the band. Less bass, more guitar, more fluently build up and more progressive than what you're used to.

The album ends in the short 'Doomus'. This one is an incredibly funky ending to an excellent album.

Overall the sound varies from the death metal of Gorguts to the jams of Frank Zappa to the free jazz of Miles Davis.

As a whole this album is at least as good as 'Jean Louis' and a must for avant-jazz fans.

twseel | 4/5 |


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