LuckyMeproudly presentDawnChorus, the new album fromJacquesGreene(outOctober18th), and today present lead single,“Do It Without You”premiered this morning via Mary Anne Hobbs onBBC6Music. A bold step forward,DawnChorusis also Greene’s most collaborative project to date, featuring additional production and instrumentation from film composerBrianReitzell(Lost In Translation), cello by London’sOliverCoates, additional production fromClamsCasinoand original vocal contributions from ambient artistJuliannaBarwick, rapperCadenceWeaponand singersEbhoniandRochelle Jordan, all sampled, processed and stitched back into the album.
If Greene’s 2017 debut album,FeelInfinite, was the soundtrack to a dream pregame – amping you up to lose yourself in the club – thenDawnChorusresides in the post-rave reflective moment. A time of heightened sensuality and latent possibility.
Greene approached the making ofDawnChorusas if he were a band. He lived in the studio for five months this past winter – half the time at home in Toronto, the other half inHudsonMohawke’s studio in L.A. – and wrote these songs in a sprint to capture this chapter in his life. Ten years into the game and not yet in his thirties, his perspective on the value of dance music and where it rests with his daily life and inspiration bare out on this album. While samples played a big part in his early output, his creative process for Dawn Chorus revolved around recording a stellar cast of musicians, arranging new parts.
To craft the sound of the record, he thought about the artists he held dear and researched the gear they used as a means of being in dialogue with their emotional tenor. Some of the gear he sourced included the delay thatMyBloodyValentinewas renowned for, as well as a compressor used byFrenchTouch producersAlanBraxeandFredFalke. Working with mix engineerJoelFord(ofFord & Lopatin), he created a rule book for the album’s sonics that saw each part, from the drums to the pads, be processed in a specific way, through guitar pedals and outboard equipment.
Dawn Chorusopens with“Serenity,”an all-back-to-mine breaks tune that Greene describes as “a weird, euphoric take on Chemical Brothers.”“Night Service”is a neon-lit hip house anthem helmed by Canadian rapper Cadence Weapon, who drapes a love letter to the club around Greene’s acid-dipped synths. Elsewhere,“Distance”blends ambient textures with sampled birdsong and the snaking lines of Oliver Coates’s cello.
Now 29, Greene has been making music “about the club” for over a decade. His sound could be described as an emotional haze, in that its balance of sonic elements work to illuminate the overlapping feelings that lie between the familiar binaries. Outside of his own releases, Greene has explored his relationship with the club in a variety of contexts, from remixingRadioheadto producing forKatyBandTinasheand touring withThexx.
He will tourDawnChorusin Europe and North America this October. An intimate first live show at the St Pancras Old Church is already sold out in London and another show has been added.
Jacques Greene Tour Dates:
Thu. Oct. 17 – Berlin, DE @ Burg Schnabel
Fri. Oct. 18 – London, UK @ St. Pancras Old Church – SOLD OUT