May 10, 2009

Julien Jacob – The Nonsense Of Pure Sound

Julien jacobWhen you listen to a song in a foreign language, it happens that if you like its sound, then you ask about its meaning. But, what would you think about a musician that invented a new language only to highlight the sound of the words, a language that doesn't have meaning at all? Julien Jacob, a singer, poet, composer, and ‘spiritualist’ -as he likes to be called- did just this; creating a visceral music with an emphasis in the vocal texture. His influences are the sounds of many languages and the rythms of the different places he has visited. An intimate and clean sonority are the result of his musical purpose: the creation of songs that transmit feelings that anyone with some sensitivity can understand.

Yab (2005)

Julien Jacob, whose mother is from Martinique and her father from Guadalupe, was born in Benin, and moved out to Marseille, France with his family at the age of four. He started in music at 17 as a rock singer, and later, travelled around the world and discovered other cultures such as the celtic, the hinduish or the vodoo, which had a profound impact on him.

Ankelson (2005)

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