jesu Everyday I Get Closer to the Light from Which I Came (CD, £8.75)label: Avalanche
Over two years in the making, the latest LP from jesu follows the LP 'Ascension', the last jesu full length release, which was on Mark Kozelek's Caldo Verde label. jesu mainman Justin K Broadrick, has slowly worked at this album during this period whilst retaining activities with the reunited Godflesh, and as usual, pursuing other projects and remixes;in this period amongst many, Justin has remixed both Mogwai and Cult Of Luna. Beginning with 'Homesick', with it's guitar hooks, shoegaze textures and familar jesu sound, one can be mislead into considering that this new album will follow a familar jesu trajectory but instead the following tracks use jesu's aesthetic but take in dub, post punk and electronica along the way, to create maybe the most dynamic jesu album to date. The epic 'The Great Leveller', at over 17 minutes, is the boldest statement of the songs here - featuring the albums only other player besides Justin, Nicola Manzan, who commands a one man orchestra of strings. Mastered by James Plotkin. Recorded and mixed at Justin K Broadrick's Avalanche Studio.
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