Jacaszek
Glimmer


4.0
excellent

Review

by StrangerofSorts STAFF
December 8th, 2011 | 48 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: So close.

Does anyone else find it rather funny that it's through the avenue of electronic music that many break into classical" In terms of reputation, the two genres couldn't be more distant, but this recent movement of blending the two has shown that, in fact, classical music can be enhanced with an electronic influence. In the past few years we've been treated to many composers who toy with this balance between wires and strings, though the end result is often similar: an almost unsettling beauty. With his latest release, Jacaszek does little to distinguish himself from the tone of his peers, but instead brings a new delicacy in his handling of the electronics.

Because, you see, the electronic aspect almost takes on a life of its own in Glimmer. Ever present, haunting and rising and swelling by its own accord; it results in being quite ominous, as if it's ready to engulf the orchestra laying in front of it... which it does, at a point, resulting in defiant, unrelenting waves of drones and static. At points like these, it lies in contrast to the warmth of the strings, horns and woodwind yet somehow manages to fit around them perfectly. For the most part, however, the electronic element is relegated to a support role where it enhances the instrumental leads.

Jacaszek tends to treat his classical music like improvisational jazz, with a defined "lead" at a given moment with the other instruments forming some kind of basis for the lead to play around. This creates quite a solitary tone, in context, with the woodwinds sounding especially lonely. Mixed with the threat emanating from the electronic backdrop, it creates a rather interesting soundscape indeed. In songs such as Windhover, this relationship meshes beautifully - and were Glimmer compiled entirely of similar tracks it would no doubt go down as a hallmark of the neoclassical sub-genre.

There are some criticisms to be made however: namely that Glimmer can tend to be too reserved. A track like Pod Swiatlo, for instance, has an absolutely fantastic build up but never even attempts to deliver a climax to this. The listener is left disappointed, despite the brilliance of the track otherwise. This leads on to a need for a little bit more substance, as frequently Glimmer will go through the motions of drawing out a powerful emotional response but sometimes ends too soon, or repeats them too often - though this is not always the case.

Overall, these small negative comments do little to detract from the fact that Glimmer is a very interesting, calm and intelligent album. It certainly contributes to the excellence the genre has produced so far, and I know that I'll be waiting eagerly for how Jacaszek plans to develop his sound.



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StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2011


2902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's been a while, be gentle.



There's a sex joke to be made in that penultimate paragraph.

seedofnothing
December 8th 2011


3425 Comments


oh shit, finally someone reviewed this, Jacaszek is one of my fav artist, props

Oathbreaker
December 8th 2011


1648 Comments


Pos because Jacaszek.

StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
December 8th 2011


2902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks, I guess.

Oathbreaker
December 8th 2011


1648 Comments


Review was well written too, you picked up on some of my own thoughts too.

seedofnothing
December 8th 2011


3425 Comments


Treny>Glimmer

also Jacaszek has about 8 other albums not listed on the Sputnik database

also, pos

Oathbreaker
December 8th 2011


1648 Comments


I have only managed to find Treny, Glimmer, Pentral and his collaboration with Milka. Any links to the rest of his work are greatly appreciated.

seedofnothing
December 8th 2011


3425 Comments


Here's some of the others you didn't list

2004) Lo Fi Stories
(2005) Lem Konzept
(2005) Sequel
(2006) Kompleta

just mediafire them, they should all be there

StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2011


2902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

oh, okay. thanks!



seed, what would you say was his best?

Adash
December 9th 2011


1356 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Treny is his best because it is most shamelessy emotive, but this and then Pentral are close too



Great review for an astounding album, though I'd argue that Jacaszek distinguishes himself massively from his peers.

Zettel
December 9th 2011


661 Comments


Adash, you still owe us this review.

StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2011


2902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I'd agree that he distinguishes himself massively in other LPs (having only listened to Treny enough to comment on it) - but not so much with Glimmer.

ShousoStrip
December 9th 2011


574 Comments


I must check this out tomorrow.

seedofnothing
December 9th 2011


3425 Comments


though I'd argue that Jacaszek distinguishes himself massively from his peers[2]

"seed, what would you say was his best?"

For me its a toss up between (2005) Lem Konzept and Treny-

Then Pentral, then (2006) Kompleta, then Sequel, then Lo Fi Stories. Glimmer is his weakest attempt in my opinion, but still a very good one at that.

StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2011


2902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Okay, thanks a lot. That should last me throughout a lot of the winter.

seedofnothing
December 9th 2011


3425 Comments


Np

m/

StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2011


2902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This kind of lacks the immediacy of Treny, but I can see where you're coming from.

seedofnothing
December 9th 2011


3425 Comments


it's really cool, start with Treny

Manic_
December 9th 2011


447 Comments


pos'd. still need to get this, too many quality records from this year.

StrangerofSorts
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2011


2902 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed, this year has been strange.



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