Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier
An Age of Wonder


4.0
excellent

Review

by Martin L. USER (44 Reviews)
September 26th, 2012 | 12 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: airy, organic drone that doesn’t require a user’s manual

Admittedly, I was not at all familiar with the existence of Je Suis Le Petit Chevalier before An Age Of Wonder. Luckily, I quickly found that background knowledge isn’t a prerequisite for appreciating what I was surprised to find to be one of the most complete, satisfying releases of 2012. There’s a heavy, organic feel to the LP. It can’t be a mistake that the second track and stunning highlight “The First Forest” is titled so, because Je Suis’s record is a living, breathing, organism with a rich sense of character. This is most present in the way the duo of tracks wax and wane between obscured fuzz and standard drone, wailing winds and minimalism. No obvious touchstones come to mind when comparing An Age of Wonder to drone peers, and there’s nothing particularly outstanding on the LP besides its exquisite execution.

“Fever Dunes” is rather bland compared to the more inspired ups and downs of “The First Forest,” but it serves as a perfect template on which Je Suis then craft their more emotive second track. There are a few inspirations for An Age Of Wonder (the band cites the Amish community, Belgium, and Ohio countryside); but besides the obvious bucolic, earthy tones, the album is one that’s perfect for self-exploration, an almost-blank slate-- another reason that lack of experience akin to my aforementioned lack thereof shouldn’t scare away newcomers. An Age Of Wonder expands beautifully on many of the drone tropes, but never bludgeons them to death, instead lightly grazing them in search of something more significant. And considering the masterpiece of “The First Forest” alone, it’s hard to discredit Je Suis of this achievement.



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mindleviticus
September 26th 2012


8237 Comments


This is pretty good

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mindleviticus
September 26th 2012


8237 Comments


I liked Discovering Mathematics 2 a lot

mindleviticus
September 26th 2012


8237 Comments


It was tasty

carouse
September 26th 2012


302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

If you have any suggestions as to where I should go with this artist's discography afterwards, please let me know. Is Tropical Malady the only other record?

mindleviticus
September 26th 2012


8237 Comments


Discovering Mathematics 2

mindleviticus
September 26th 2012


8237 Comments


http://jesuislepetitchevalier.bandcamp.com/album/discovering-mathematics-2-cs-no-kings

Manic_
September 26th 2012


447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

nice review, haven't heard this in awhile i should give it another spin.

carouse
September 26th 2012


302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks!

porch
September 30th 2012


8460 Comments


swell record

carouse
October 1st 2012


302 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think so, at least.

TheSpirit
October 8th 2012


17882 Comments


how did i not see this

i love this group

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RogueNine
January 19th 2014


1307 Comments


My last name is in the band title. Maybe I should check this out. :]



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