Genre/Influences: Cinematographic, experimental.
Background/Info: Belgian electro-veteran Jean-Marc Lederman has no limits when it comes to releasing new music. Mainly known for his early involvement with The Weathermen and during the past few years for being part of Ghost & Writer and Lederman/De Meyer, this new release is again something special. “Ode A La Pluie” (translated “Ode To The Rain”) originally is an exhibition created by Jean-Marc’s wife Erica Hinyot. The conceptual theme was about rain featuring texts, drawings and paintings. Lederman got the idea to compose music around the theme resulting in five pieces. This work is part of the label’s series “Belgian NeuMusik”.
Content: The tracks are simply numbered from one to five. Sound-wise this is a pure cinematographic composition, which is not the first experience in the genre for the artist. The ambient aspect comes directly through creating an impression of solitude, but still reminding me of passages of the legendary movie “Le Grand Bleu”. It’s an abyssal sensation composed by electronics, but where you often get the sensation real instruments (like a harp or a piano) have been used.
+ + + : The more time passes by, the more Jean-Marc Lederman creates real intimate compositions. I already had this sensation on his brilliant “13 Ghost Stories”-album, but this work is even more intimate. It has strong visual passages, which you also have to discover by using headphones. The work is a marvelous and truly artistic symbiosis between different artistic formats while it also symbolizes the eclecticism of the musician. It’s definitely not the most accessible kind of music, but it’s a new genius exposure from this workaholic. I also have to say a word about the great and artistic box format of this release.
– – – : The tracks are rather long during so there’re a few –and unavoidable, monotonous passages, but you don’t hear me complaining.
Conclusion: Jean-Marc Lederman never stops to take me by surprise and this conceptual work again is a totally accomplished and arty exposure of his talent.
Best songs: “Ode A La Pluie 2”, “Ode A La Pluie 1”.