Raw, enchanted and heavily melodic hardware-based dance from a recent mainstay of Vancouver’s after hours club scene Friendly Chemist aka Jean Brazeau. His debut “Touch of Jupiter” is straight out of the Pacific Northwest and is blurred with a celestial, warmly sentimental take on classic elements of mid-late 90’s house and garage.
“Touch of Jupiter”’s distant and dreamlike artificiality links that warm nostalgia for the jacked and energetic club moves with a distinct set of homemade textures and hypnagogic terrains, connecting with the higher energy from his live hardware sets full of breathing pads, marauding acidic bass lines, tonnes of claps, croaking MS-20 bass lines and DX7 vibraphone melodies.
With classical training in piano and a hallucinogenic set of ancient yet futuristic imageries ie. vibe connotations of swamps,kingdoms, new planets, Myst, Tarot cards and a generally murky mysticism, Brazeau pushes into the present by combining these hazy, evocative moods with a strong focus on harmonic structures carried by a wide range of midi sounds like jazz fusion sax on “Visions From Yesterday (Saxy Mix)”, a wandering keyboard solo on “Trying 2 Find U” that is relatively delicate compared to the glassy, fantasy lead on the more jumped up, thick and distorted “Queen of Swords”.
released February 10, 2015
Art by Sharona Franklin
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