JEAN-MIChEL JARRE

Equinoxe In­fin­ity 7/10

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French sound mas­ter re­turns to the source

Jarre has been ex­traor­di­nar­ily busy of late, dish­ing out two al­bums of thump­ing techno with var­i­ous high­pro­file guests, cre­at­ing a sound­track for a French news chan­nel and com­plet­ing the Oxygène tril­ogy. Now he’s cho­sen to re­visit an­other past glory in the form of this se­quel to 1978’s Equinoxe. It’s very much in the mould of its fore­bear, with am­bi­ent pas­sages elid­ing into ra­di­ant synth pat­terns and washes of melody, from the retro-fu­tur­ist dream of “Fly­ing Totems” to the up­lift­ing “If The Wind Could Speak”, with its lap­ping waves and child­like voice sam­ples. The over­all ef­fect is en­gag­ingly un­der­stated.

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