Martin Dupont
Just Because



Release Date: 1984 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Show us what it’s like to move in and out of dreams.

Just Because is a peculiar record title. Such a thing suggests a package containing ambivalence, indifference - or worse, apathy. Lucky for us, Martin Dupont’s debut album is none of those things and is frequently their contradiction. The group’s central themes, views, and perspectives are tough to describe without hearing their sound. Only then it becomes clear: this is a record that does not inform. Instead, it allows you to live the experiences presented by the soundscapes purely on your own accord.

From its very start, the title track ushers you into a vivid painting of sound - flowy, abstract, dreamlike. Synths and guitars swirl around you and vague shapes of sound that you think you’ve heard before (trains, alarms, signals, etc.) are distorted and used as brush strokes. The lyrics are equally esoteric, opting for the repeated phrase "I hear a love song in my head", which appears to the listener almost as an instruction. These strange noises you're hearing? Make them about love.

The track that follows and the rest of the album’s content opt for more abrasive and challenging active listening experiences: the soft beeps and boops become more pressing and more oppressive. This is one thing the album does extraordinarily well: encourage self-reflection and subscription to peculiar transcendentalism that even it does not seem to understand. For every track that comforts, another aims to destroy. And it is truly that minimal - the sound aims to instill only a feeling above all else. Active feeling, rather than thinking, is required for full appreciation.

It is difficult to talk about this record without drawing attention to its fourth track, Take a Look. Amongst its cheeky chugging snare and bouncy bassline, we see a miraculous precursor to modern trip-hop/trap music. It is undoubtedly a highlight on the record, and represents a high that, along with its title track, it largely fails to reach in its subsequent tracks.

It seems for every song Martin Dupont is able to instill with fabulous, mysterious, and evocative emotion there is another that completely fails to stir much of anything. Such an effort, however, is noble and fascinating. Taking elements of the emerging new wave genre, Martin Dupont is able to craft a uniquely French auditory canvas containing brilliant soundscapes that are strangely gothic, strangely melancholy, strangely angry, and strangely delicate.

Recommended Tracks:
  • Just Because
  • Take a Look
  • Under Nylon

THIS HAS BEEN MINIMAL WAVE MAY REVIEW #1! LOOK FORWARD TO THE NEXT ONE :-)


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cordwainerbird
May 2nd 2021


1056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

sweet. i think i can actually pull this review month thing off

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parksungjoon
May 2nd 2021


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swee

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cordwainerbird
May 2nd 2021


1056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

let's go

parksungjoon
May 2nd 2021


31674 Comments


precursor to trip-hop huh, gonna have to check that track

cordwainerbird
May 2nd 2021


1056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

maybe only trap is more accurate? truth be told i dont know much about trip hop but i think that's accurate. if its not ill take that part out lol

parksungjoon
May 2nd 2021


31674 Comments


trip hop and trap dont have too much in common afaik, which makes sense since one was born in bristol in the early 90s and the other across the pond much later

cordwainerbird
May 2nd 2021


1056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

helpful to know. with music i am a walking encyclopedia of 80s new wave / industrial / electronic post punk but not nearly as much else lmao

StarlessCore
May 3rd 2021


7729 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this and hot paradox slappp

parksungjoon
May 3rd 2021


31674 Comments


dunno the most about it but yea its uncanny how much that Take a Look tune sounds like trap if u ignore the vocals

cordwainerbird
May 4th 2021


1056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

>this and hot paradox slappp

for SURE hot paradox is easily the most consistent of their releases but what it gains in consistency it loses some of the experimental bs i love abt their earlier work



>dunno the most about it but yea its uncanny how much that Take a Look tune sounds like trap if u ignore the vocals

it is insane. i remember bumping to it rly hard back when trap was huge. my peers were listening to chief keef i was listening to fucking. martin dupont lmfao

someone
May 9th 2021


2980 Comments


upvote

sixdegrees
May 9th 2021


11248 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Upboat

cordwainerbird
May 9th 2021


1056 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

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