July 10, 2024

La Jungle – Blurry Landscapes (Album – Black Basset / Rockerill / A Tant Rêver Du Roi)

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Genre/Influences: Krautrock ,Techno, Industrial.

Format: Digital, CD, Vinyl.

Background/Info: Belgian duo La Jungle has already released several albums and are already back on track unleashing their sixth opus. “Blurry Landscapes” became a conceptual work. The band got in touch with different so-called Art-Brut artists. Each of them was invited to listen to one song and asked to give it a name and create a work that would fit to it.

Content: Behind this fascinating and creative concept hides the Krautrock style from La Jungle. It’s a dynamic composition driven by loud and carrying guitar playing which sometimes ends into transcendental passages. I also noticed a few Techno-driven elements and very few vocal parts.

+ + + : La Jungle already convinced me by their precious work and simply confirms being a great, creative and talented formation. I also salute the concept behind this work which is part of a wider artistic creation and also a way to put Art-Brut artists in the spotlights. The booklet features the works of those artists. Sound-wise this album sounds like Krautrock out of the box and that’s exactly what I like. La Jungle reveals that it is still possible to be inventive, composing great music. The guitar play injects a true spirit to the work. I especially recommend listening to “La Compagnie De La Chanson” and “Panther’s Rib Cage” while “The Growl And The Relief” sounds to me as the ultimate song of the album.  

– – – : It maybe takes a bit time to really get into this work but with a little less patience you’ll discover a true masterpiece made in Belgium!

Conclusion: La Jungle is maybe one of the best hidden Belgian secrets reminding us of the magic of Krautrock with a personal touch on top.

Best songs: “The Growl And The Relief”, “La Compagnie De La Chanson”, “Panther’s Rib Cage”, “Le Tigre En Bottes Vertes”.  

Rate: 8½.

Artist: www.lajungleband.com / www.facebook.com/lajungleband

Labels: www.blackbassetrecords.com / www.facebook.com/BlackBassetRecords / www.rockerillrecords.comwww.facebook.com/rockerillrecords / www.ATRDR.net / www.facebook.com/atantreverduroi

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