- On the 40th Anniversary of his iconic Equinoxe album, Jean-Michel Jarre releases the sequel - Equinoxe Infinity. This concept album will not be a direct follow-up to the 1978 masterpiece, but rather a meditation about the watchers (the characters with binoculars) as being part of the struggle (or not) between human and artificial intelligence.
- Listen to Equinoxe Infinity on Spotify. Jean-Michel Jarre Album 2018 11 songs.
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- JEAN-MICHEL JARRE. Composer, performer, producer. Visionary, innovator, cultural ambassador.
For my new album project EQUINOXE INFINITY I started for the first time with the album cover not the music. I still think that Michael Granger who did the original EQUINOXE cover created one of the best album covers of all time. For the original it was all about the WATCHERs. These strange creatures watching us? Watching Space? Watching machines? Watching a natural phenomenon ? We don’t really know…they are not scary, but odd and mysterious. So I took the original Watchmen of the EQUINOXE cover to continue the story.
I recently discovered the work of Filip Hodas, a super talented young artist, and asked him to create two different artworks in line with my vision for EQUINOXE INFINITY. One cover shows mankind in peace with nature and technology and the other depicts a picture of fear and distortion with machines taking over the world. With the artwork for Oxygene I wanted to draw attention to the poisoned state of planet earth. With these two artworks for EQUINOXE INFINITY I want to bring attention to the two scenarios we are facing today with our love for & our dependance on innovation and technology. The music of EQUINOXE INFINITY is the soundtrack to those two different worlds.
I recently discovered the work of Filip Hodas, a super talented young artist, and asked him to create two different artworks in line with my vision for EQUINOXE INFINITY. One cover shows mankind in peace with nature and technology and the other depicts a picture of fear and distortion with machines taking over the world.
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Electronica 1: The Time Machine
Téo & Téa
Geometry Of Love
1993 Landscape rake for lawn tractor.
Les Chants Magnétiques
Cities in Concert
There’s something a bit poignant about the process of music growing older. When the tide is in it’s all a calming blue, when it goes out you’re left with the imperfections that were always underneath. Nostalgia can paper over these, but generally new songs in a retro style are more popular than music that was the future once.
These thoughts surface while listening to Equinoxe Infinity, the latest album by Jean-Michel Jarre, an artist whose sound ‘kept with the times’ for a while but stopped updating sometime in the late ’90s when trance and eurodance were big.
It feels a little uncharitable to say this about an artist at the ripe old age of 70, when most other genres don’t value modern production styles as much. But it does leave the pitch-shifted vocal samples of Infinity (Movement 6), first heard in 1984’s Zoolook, sounding a bit ridiculous in light of how far technology has surpassed it – Where Are U Now this ain’t. The less ‘contemporary’, more odyssean sections such as the title track (Movement 10) fare better, as their spacey atmosphere has aged better despite harking back to the earliest points of Jarre’s career.
Equinoxe Infinity opens with The Watchers (Movement 1), the album’s most cinematic moment with bassy rumbles and plenty of swirling sci-fi sound effects. The synth lead is epic, the sound design is immaculate and the record is given a near-perfect start. The following track, Flying Totems (Movement 2), is the first sign of that dated aesthetic, synths and sequences that haven’t been heard in about 20 years, but here the effect is more charming – and besides, why hasn’t the music of Gouryella and Mauro Picotto experienced a revival yet? Kitsch becomes less of a dirty word as the synth strings rise in euphoric fashion.
Robots Don’t Cry (Movement 3) pays homage to Jarre’s breakout single, Oxygene IV, borrowing its drum machine and its driving 6/8 meter. The track comes and goes without much of an impact, and a wandering mellotron line can’t save it from all being a bit forgettable. All That You Leave Behind (Movement 4) also fails to impress with its awkward rhythms and clunky bassline, and at times the elements don’t seem to line up properly. The record at its best shows the compositional vitality of early electronica’s best records, but at its worst it can sound surprisingly amateurish.
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Better moments come later on: the propulsive beat of The Opening (Movement 8) and buzzing saw lead could easily soundtrack an action sequence in computer animation, all video game graphics and rubbery surfaces (think 2007’s Teo & Tea video). It is Don’t Look Back (Movement 9), however, that provides the album’s real highlight with its crystalline string samples and the audio equivalent of water droplets rippling out into surreal reverb. The basis of the track is simple, but what comes out of it is exquisite and makes the case for Jarre’s continuing relevance better than anything he has made in years.
The earlier sci-fi comparison is apt, with Jarre as electronic music’s George Lucas, updating his classics with new technology that doesn’t always do the original style any favours. The magic of the original does resurface in plenty of places though, and the tracks that play to Jarre’s strengths as a producer yield some magical results. In the era of Stranger Things and synthwave, the more traditional aspects of his sound could have shone through more, as they did in 2016’s superior Oxygene 3. But Equinoxe Infinity is still worthwhile in its own patchy way. Let’s call it a neap tide.