OUT NOW: MARSEN JULES - THE EMPIRE OF SILENCE [OKTAF10]
Ten years after his debut-album “Herbstlaub“ on CCO, german ambient composer Marsen Jules takes us to his “Empire of Silence“. An impressing soundtrack to the epic power and beauty of nordic snow and ice-landscapes. Thereby he sounds even more elegiac, warm and romantic as ever before. This might be a result of a strict reduction to bittersweet symphonic string-sounds. Sounds which Jules elapses like a prism on the timeline and lets them meander on the slightly on the listeners eardrum. While others are still talking about “modern classic“, Jules is already moving on the particle-layer through the sound-continuum. Diving deeper into the sounds then ever before, he lets the frequencies mirror on the sound spectrum with an impressing precision.
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OUT NOW: MARSEN JULES - "MARSEN JULES AT GRM" [OKTAF09]
Following his highly acclaimed album „Beautyfear“ Marsen Jules bridges the time with the release of a conceptual mini album. The two tracks on the 35 minutes long album were created during a two week residency in the legendary GRM-Studios at Radio France in paris. For the two tracks Jules dives deeply into the level of subatomic sound-particles. Clusters of string crescendos emerge from a nearly psychoacoustic sound-wall of warm drones in which they disappear with ultra long fade outs and reverbs. A touching work - which has the quality to let you drown into it completely. The album comes in a beautiful artwork by Noah MacDonald.
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[OKTAF07]: MARSEN JULES - BEAUTYFEAR
With "Beautyfear" the German electronic musician Marsen Jules (CCO, 12k, Kompakt) delivers one of his most outstanding albums so far. Mastered by no one else than 12K-labelboss Taylor Deupree and with a coverpicture taken by the highly acclaimed photographer Erik Madigan Heck from NYC, the best conditions are laid for a lasting experience of abstract musical poetry and touching soundscapeism. Jules has never been this dense, subtile and fragile before. All twelve tracks on „Beautyfear“ were created during a week stay in a theatre workspace on one of the hills of Lisbon. The panoramic view over the dusty city in spring seemed to have been the perfect surrounding for this cloudy soundscapes, which at some points remind of Angelo Bandalamentis‘ work for David Lynch‘s "Mullholland Drive". „It‘s an album on the fragility of beauty“, as Jules describes briefly. Music that can neither be described as ambient music or experimental sound art, but more likely delivers a poetic approach to music, live and sound itself. With „Beautyfear“ Marsen Jules makes a great start into 2014 and with the already announced cooperation with Swedish filmmaker Anders Weberg and an upcoming release of his works from a residence at the legendary GRM studios in Paris, one should definitely keep an eye on what is coming next.
[OKTAF05] MARSEN JULES TRIO - "PRÉSENCE ACOUSMATIQUE"
German ambient-connaisseur and soundpoet Marsen Jules form a Trio with twin brothers Anwar Alam and Jan-Philipp Alam on piano and violins for this release. Accompanied by Roger Döring from Dictaphone on two tracks "Presencé Acousmatic" is a deep live-music journey somewhere between the beauty of Harold Budd, the elegance of Eno and the darkness of Bohren & der Club of Gore.