CD: Jean Michel Jarre: Electronica v1. Loved this.
Very big Jarre fan as previously mentioned. I have this sat on the side waiting for the right time to listen to it, pretty much like it took me a couple of months last year to get to Endless River. I have heard nothing but good, but as with any new Jarre these days have huge but easily crushable expectations!
Finally decided yesterday was the time to listen to the new Jarre album. I agree with Phil, that's rather good. He's struggled hugely with trying to stay relevant for the last fifteen years given the musical movement he was instrumental in evolving actually overtook him, but we're far enough past the 80s now that the retro vibe in producing electronica means he can go back to what he was doing in the first place and it come across as a post-modern homage. Full circle. I think the only electronic album of the last ten years I'd put above this is Daft Punk's Tron Legacy soundtrack, which is simply awesome.
1. The Heart of Noise, Pt. 1 - Jean-Michel Jarre & Rone 2. The Heart of Noise, Pt. 2 - Jean-Michel Jarre 3. Brick England - Jean-Michel Jarre & Pet Shop Boys 4. These Creatures - Jean-Michel Jarre & Julia Holter 5. As One - Jean-Michel Jarre & Primal Scream 6. Here for You - Jean-Michel Jarre & Gary Numan 7. Electrees - Jean-Michel Jarre & Hans Zimmer 8. Exit - Jean-Michel Jarre & E.S. 9. What You Want - Jean-Michel Jarre & Peaches 10. Gisele - Jean-Michel Jarre & Sébastien Tellier 11. Switch on Leon - Jean-Michel Jarre & The Orb 12. Circus - Jean-Michel Jarre & Siriusmo 13. Why This, Why That and Why - Jean-Michel Jarre & Yello 14. The Architect - Jean-Michel Jarre & Jeff Mills 15. Swipe to the Right - Jean-Michel Jarre & Cyndi Lauper 16. Walking the Mile - Jean-Michel Jarre & Christophe 17. Falling Down - Jean-Michel Jarre 18. The Heart of Noise (The Origin) - Jean-Michel Jarre
I've just noticed that the inside flap on the digipack for Electronica 2 has a score line down it that means it can be inserted into the sleeve for Electronica 1 to make one big fold out double album. This kind of small thing pleases me...
UK Tour kicked off in Cardiff last night... and the encore was Oxygene 17!!
Third Oxygene album in December!
Pretty daring setlist for an artiste who doesn't often tour, more than half of it is from Electronica 1/2 with the rest made up of the usual pieces from Oxygene/Equinoxe, plus Souvenir of China. Not a greatest hits tour by any means.
Best indoor concert I've seen him do. Lots of the new albums, and the older tracks were slotted in really well to the dancy feel with thumping basslines or new drums. Oxygene 2 has never sounded so powerful - not how it was originally intended, but it worked brilliantly. Overhauled new version of Oxygene 8. Lots of hints that he is preparing something special for the 40th anniversary of Oxygene in December, including a new album. However this tour is about Electronica, and some of those tracks really came alive played live. I've got a new respect for some I thought so-so on the albums. Hour and forty-five minute set. Fantastic night!
It's all over his website too. It seems odd to me. His output these days is sporadic to say the least, yet even before he's finished promoting a two album project with 30 collaborators he drops a bombshell like this. I'd have thought something like this would warrant a tour in its own right, like 7-13 did, but it's mixed up in Electronica to meet the anniversary date. Even the tour programme for Electronica has a page about it. Three new albums in 14 months is as many we've had in the previous 20 years.
Not complaining though. I want Equinoxe 9-16 next.