Jérôme Chassagnard :: Inner Dialog (Hymen)

A soaring, self reflecting album filled with shivering ambient electronics and powerful resonances.

Ambient blocks, cascading piano keys, emotional layers and an ebb and flow between downbeat electrical activity is evident on Inner Dialog. Jérôme Chassagnard activates a soaring, self reflecting album filled with shivering ambient electronics and powerful resonances that it’s difficult not to be consumed by its arching, almost life-like presence taking over the landscape. Neo-classical dream sequences fade in and out of focus throughout the few beatless pieces.

Moving from nostalgic wanderings to in-depth bass and beat, Inner Dialog seeks to cultivate a uniformly distributed sonic load, reaching for brittle synths, downtrodden shoegaze spheres, intense IDM slivers and a knack for creating otherworldly FSOL-like terrain. The percussive tracks including “Walking On,” “Sea-Shell Necklace,” “Somewhere” and “Urban Sand” are the peaks while the valleys are tranquilized sonic blankets. The closing “Green Island” features a yet to be placed sample (“You are scaring me. Am I not scared?“) which Noise Unit used to great effect on “Dry Lungs” (Grinding Into Emptiness, Wax Trax! 1991). That puzzling and curious sample aside, Inner Dialog is just that—a definitive, introspective and engaging release which captures every bit of your attention. Fans of early Lali Puna, Proem, Christian Klein et al should take notice.

Inner Dialog is available on Hymen.

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