Jérôme Chassagnard – Childhood (EP – Hymen Records)

By Jun 13,2020

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Genre/Influences: Electro-ambient, experimental, cinematographic.

Format: Digital.

Background/Info: French artist Jérôme Chassagnard last year started with an EP series devoted to the elements of nature. He now seems to have taken a break to get back to his childhood.

Content: The artist delivers 4 new cuts, which are inspired by the memories of his childhood. That’s an aspect that comes particularly through at the second cut (cf. “A Song For Children”). There’s something pretty childish running through this cut, like sounds that are immediately catching the attention of kids. But globally the work remains in the purest sound tradition of this artist. There’s a solid ambient/cinematographic sphere supporting the work while the use of piano and violin sounds like injecting some authenticity and intimacy into the work. But there also is something more experimental, even a bit abstract. It creates a minimal touch, which also has something dark –accentuated by spooky vocal effects, and yet it all remains dreamy-like

+ + + : Jérôme Chassagnard has progressively created his own style, which is a truly fusion between different influences. I like the evasive sensation of the work, which mainly emerges at the opening cut, but also at the last one. There is also something to say about the darker and ghost-like “Breath”. The use of real instrument-sounds is clearly          adding a little extra to this work.

– – – : I’m not a huge fan of the childish experiment (cf. “A Song For Children”) although it perfectly fits the concept of the work.

Conclusion: From the more serious EP-series dedicated to nature to a sonic voyage throughout the artist’s childhood, the result remains a truly ambient music voyage. 

Best songs: “Create”, “Calm”.

Rate: (7).


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