samedi 6 novembre 2010

THE JUPITER 8: Songs From The Engine Room Part One (2005)

The Jupiter 8 is a musical project surrounded by an aura of mystery. An anonymous musician (OJ) who is nesting on the same label than Andy Condon (A-frame Media), the main man of The Glimmer Room and who took part in a concert of The Glimmer Room in July 2005, Stages Echoed. An enigmatic, but likeable, character who likes to experienced his sounds intrusions in a musical world divided between the conventional and the non-conventional; guitars and bass versus synths, sequencers and software. Songs from the Engine Room Part I is a reflection and experimentation on electronic and psychedelic music of the 70’s. On minimalist structures OJ dresses his sonorities with a sulfurous mixture of the kinds, giving a result as attractive as captivating. Open large your ears and enter in the musical universe of The Jupiter 8.
Blob From the Sun begins with a synth line which oscillates frantically in an disquieting intersidereal oblivion. Strange sound effects circulate in the background, initiating a rhythmic build by good percussions. A punchy drum with arrhythmic strikes joins by a good bass line. And the structure of Fifth Blob From the Sun is in place. A synth comes to spread out its silky layers that sway such as spectral masses under galactic sound effects. The rhythm is constant and oscillates between a hypnotic techno and an unbridled jazz with guitar solos that overhang a long minimalist track where synth pads are piling and waving. A long hypnotic track, as those long repetitive structures of the psychedelic years, stuffed of subtle modifications and oscillations which nail the listener to his speakers to get all nuances. Sea off Tranquility is built on the same principle. A long groovy track sited on a superb structure always so hypnotic and minimalist, well anchored on a beautiful bass line whose chords quaver in a heavy resonance. Still here, synth pads flow like tenders spectral songs. They furrow this structure languorously spellbinding with slinky layers which move slowly, weaving long gyratory circles and moulding a fine syncopated line which is grafting around the middle of Sea of Tranquility. A guitar à la Göttsching comes in and throws these chords that hang with a beautiful ease under spectral synth sinuosity. A superb track, hypnotic and which bewitch from the first note to the last.
Sound effects simulate a strange watery world. Stray notes are freezing in time space, shaping an odd cosmic delirious that evolves on an atonal structure. Remote metallic drum rolling can be heard and the rhythmic structure of Red Spot becomes animated just like Fifth Blob From the Sun intro. But Red Spot is longer, more caustic and more experimental with its resounding loops that fly on a structure which takes root on a good flowing bass. In fact OJ has fun on Red Spot which evolves on a slow movement with colors of a groovy undulating in a cosmic environment. A minimalism movement divided by stops, where ambient passages are shaken by percussions and a bass with long sinuous chords, whereas the synth subdivides its enveloping layers while freeing some melodious snippets. Hypnotic and minimalist Red Spot cherishes all the musical styles explored on Songs from the Engine Room Part I, making of this long title a daring musical adventure where enchanting rhythms caress galactic atmospheres on a contemporary sound tapestry.
The goal aims by OJ is reach. Songs from the Engine Room Part I is an astonishing cosmic journey into slow and long improvisations as much psychedelic than electronic of the Seventies. Fifth Blob From the Sun and superb Sea of Tranquility could had make Ashra repertory without difficulty. Regarding Red Spot, it is a little long but tenderly hypnotic. A beautiful album that will please the fans of 70’s prog and electronic, as well as fans of a more lively and less conventional EM that embraces the hip-hop, groovy and house styles.

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Sylvain Lupari
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