Jacques Greene
Concealer


3.0
good

Review

by Deviant STAFF
January 31st, 2012 | 27 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Chic house producer finds himself hiding the very things that made him such a breakway success

As someone who has apparently decided to shoulder the weight that is the now almost cliché application of r&b into a world of tightly coiled suspension and cavernous density, Montreal based Jacques Greene certainly has a lot to live up to. Whether his musical illusions are simply a by-product of Untrue’s unmitigated success (its acclaim outside of the genre bought around by its r&b pop gleaning), or perhaps even as something more recent as James Blake’s Harmonimixes remains to be seen, but Greene’s musical evolution is brokered through the eyes of deliberate influence. He makes decadent and perfunctory music for people cut of the same cloth, deliberately more at ease entangled in sweat and grind than built to challenge the anathema of the coming day. Videos of models stumbling back to their hotel rooms to do whatever it is that models do after the appletinis have run dry give rise to the idea that Jacques Greene is selling himself to a very profitable market, and we the devoted listener are following in those footsteps, smelling the traces of perfume like an afterthought, hot on the heels of this chic debauchery.

For Greene’s first release under his newly-minted Vase imprint, he conjures up his love for the rebellious pop of Drake and The-Dream beyond simple name dropping and casual inserts into his live set. Lead track ‘Flatline’ attempts to milk this apparent resurgence in soul-baring r&b for all its worth, switching out Greene’s usual sampling practice for former labelmate Anglo’s muted doldrums. It’s an obvious attack at something that, like Greene’s earlier output, swings its pendulum arc far too often to the beat of the hip underground. Its savviness is undone however by its very influence; as a point of comparison it fails to offer anything of significant value, and even when Greene wisely amps up the extremities in its closing statements it isn’t enough to save it from being anything more than simple idol worship – the switch from the pop and clap of its spartan upbringing to funky 2 step is only met with the possibilities of what the track could have been. It operates like that drunken walk down to the open bedroom door; it’s hesitant and nervous, shy but intrigued about crossing that threshold, but once it finally gets its feet over that plush line in the sand it closes the door behind it, shutting out all observation. ‘These Days’ builds upon the overt sexuality but wisely moves it from the calamities of the bedroom and re-applies it in the middle of a drugged out sea of faceless individuals, all joined at the hip and dancing in perfect synchronization to the hazy tribal blowback – its touch alternating between aggressive buffeting and a subtle caress.

By contrast, ‘Clark’ is maddeningly delicate, even awkward in its apparent inability to simply let go. It’s a case of less being apparently more for Greene, and in this new territory he unwisely finds himself dialing everything down to its inevitable stopping point as simple background ambiance, to the point where it really doesn’t end up having anything to say about…. well, anything. You can feel the artist in there, subtly attempting to communicate his usual wonky appeal, but he leaves himself no escape, no backdoor to emerge out of. His closer ‘Arrow’ (complete with appearance by frequent comparison point Koreless) attempts to rectify this situation, and by giving himself ample time to break through that shell he provides the listener with, at the very least, one of his most intriguing beats yet. As a piece of work designed to shake off the limbo it serves its purpose suitably, but too often does it recall similar works that were able to heighten the motifs ‘Arrow’ chooses to only hint at (Floating Points’ recent ‘Sais’ immediately comes to mind).

If the cover for Another Girl was Greene’s acceptance of the glamour and the sparkle, Concealer is the mask for that now fractured bust, hiding the blemishes of a thousand cracked mannequins. It’s a shade more innocent, now dealing more in strawberry kisses than out-and-out sexuality, but in the submission Greene has sadly lost something. Jacques Greene, as an artist subdued or even confined, is not something worth exploring, and while Concealer hints at a far bigger picture, it shows that here is an artist better served wallowing amongst the beautiful people.



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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2012


31353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Flatline: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khP2N1_w0_M
These Days: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lF4x6PXS9s4&feature=related
Clark: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyvxRiFvs9I&feature=related
Arrow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M8iar7jt_jE

Digging: Objekt - Flatland

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2012


6487 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I really liked this guy's Radiohead remix, so were do I best begin with his own work?

Digging: Andy Stott - Faith in Strangers

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2012


10494 Comments


CHIC CHI CHI

Digging: Caribou - Our Love

Jash
January 31st 2012


4244 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Flatline was the only thing holding me back from 4.5 this, Arrow is an amazing track. I hope he makes some beats for Azealia Banks considering the two already know eachother and she tends to favor his style of music to work with

Restrikted
January 31st 2012


1889 Comments


Judging by how much you typically write on your reviews, do you ever get writers block? I can't write this much if I was being hanged.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
January 31st 2012


7026 Comments


Sounds like something I'd enjoy.

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2012


31353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0


I really liked this guy's Radiohead remix, so were do I best begin with his own work?


He only has a rather small back catalog at this stage, but pick up The Look ep

Calculate
January 31st 2012


1135 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Floating Jacques

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2012


31353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

CHIC CHI CHI


Chick

Chicka chicka?

klap
Staff Reviewer
January 31st 2012


10494 Comments


bow bow

nnnope
January 31st 2012


418 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good EP. His other collab with Ango was better though...hope it gets released soon
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YzHEKqE4f9U

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2012


6154 Comments


"too" in the fourth line should be "to"

"appletini's" shouldn't have the apostrophe

minor issues aside, god damn you're a good writer

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2012


31353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Good catch on the "too", and yeah I wasn't sure about appletini's vs appletinis

Thanking you

Adash
February 1st 2012


1356 Comments


Ha didn't believe this would pop up on here, nice one. You're spot on saying he's much better making massive pitched up party anthems than trying the subtle Koreless thing.

Baby I Don't Know what You Want, Another Girl and The Look are all unashamedly unabashed tunes that I just can't get enough of

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2012


31353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Greene makes tunes for fucking, not for thinking about it

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
February 1st 2012


6487 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Damn, that Look EP is goooooood

Irving
Staff Reviewer
February 1st 2012


7311 Comments


Dammit Dev, this was an amazing review. You're fast joining Chan, Downer, and Conrad on my list of most fluid staff writers. Only one comment though: I sorta feel tht you used the word wisely one too many times on this one (I counted three iterations; perhaps remove one? My two cents)

Tyrael
February 1st 2012


20893 Comments


Please don't become the next Chan

nice review though

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2012


31353 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Don't be try and be edgy Tyraelxy, it really doesn't work on you

WaltThizzney
February 4th 2012


24 Comments


Jacques is amazing, but listening to Ango's shitty voice makes my ears bleed



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