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Jan Jelinek - Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records

by Joseph Majsterski Rating:7 Release Date:2017-04-28

Jan Jelinek released Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records in 2001, when it was received as an excellent example of the current trend in minimalist electronica. Now, sixteen years later, he's re-releasing it on his own label, paired with two extra tracks from its original companion EP, Tendency. Although there's nothing new here, the original physical releases have been hard to find, making this an appealing item for collectors.

The music itself is super chill, minimal, glitchy stuff. Tiny crackles and pops are almost constant throughout every song, giving the music an extremely intimate feeling when listened to on headphones, like it's crawled deep inside your skull; there's a tiny person in there tinkering with the mechanisms of your brain, rewiring and repurposing the wetware.

There are a couple of song groups. Centerpiece 'Moiré' comes in three versions, two from the album and one from the EP. 'Moiré (Piano & Organ)' usings warping waves of energy to give the song its texture, along with a deep, earthy bass. Farther into the track it morphs in a more recognizable, jazzy key melody. 'Moiré (Strings)' uses more of a fluttering, wispy instrumentation. 'Moiré (Guitar & Horns)' is similar to the Piano & Organ version, but the melodic waves are a bit more vibrant and immediate. All three tracks feature loads of ultra-present, intricate glitch percussion, like water trickling through tiny crevices deep underground.

'They, Them' puts the clicks into overdrive, achieving something like a minimalist drum and bass effect. The smooth, flowing melody gives the tune a relaxing, meditative feel. Partner track 'Them, Their' slows things down and puts a wonky twist on the melody.

Interestingly, 'Do Dekor' has a gently oscillating central bass pad that gives it a lounge quality, even as its backed up by an even deeper bassline and more clicks and quirks. 'Drift' does just that, swaying back and forth with a pulsing, echoey lead that creates the most laid back sense of urgency imaginable.

The single, such as it is, 'Tendency', is another song that builds up a solid, jazzy groove and maintains it across seven minutes. A relatively coherent beat makes it something that could actually work in a chill out room instead just of a bedroom.

As someone who was deep into the IDM and experimental electronic scene in the late 1990s and beyond, this album seems to clearly follow up on the work of master musician Jonah Sharp and his Spacetime Continuum project. In fact, there seems to be a clear line from his albums Sea Biscuit and Double Fine Zone straight to this. It has all the glitchy, jazzy trademarks of the latter, and is in fact superior to it in quite a few ways. It lacks some of Sharp's signature style, but is a solid landmark in the minimalist scene of that era. The set as a whole is wonderful background music for creative work. Its re-release, while not strictly essential, is absolutely a welcome return.

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