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JB Dunckel — H+ (Mar 16, 2018)

JB Dunckel — H+ (Mar 16, 2018)

                          JB Dunckel — H+ (Mar 16, 2018) JB Dunckel — H+ (Mar 16, 2018)?         Jean~Benoît Dunckel revient en homme augmenté avec la rare odyssée futuriste et optimiste de notre époque, l’album H+. Le studio de création français Akatre le projette dans cet espace utopique sur le visuel de la pochette de cet album, qui sortira plus de dix ans après celui qu’il portait sous le nom de Darkel (2006), et peu après ses projets parallèles Tomorrow’s World avec Lou Hayter (2013) et Starwalker avec Barði Jóhannsson (2015).  “H +”est un emprunt au symbole du transhumanisme et à celui de l’atome hydrogène séparé de son unique électron. En effet, après avoir opposé ses activités en solo à celles de Air avec son pseudo Darkel, “pour ne pas être soluble dans Air, car Air était blanc et Darkel noir”, Jean~Benoît Dunckel a souhaité réajuster son cap et retrouver son entièreté. “Je tire l’expérience sonore de Air, et c’est la continuation solo de mon son de Air, sans renier le passé. C’est une corde que je tire et que j’assume”, éclaire~t~il. Si le succès de Air est toujours manifeste avec des tournées complètes sur tous les points du globe, en revanche le duo n’a pas produit de nouvelle musique depuis 5 ans.Fotka uživatele Ben Tais Amundssen.Location: Paris, France
Genre: Electronic
Style: Electro
Album release: Mar 16, 2018
Record Label: Prototyp Recordings/Sony
Duration:     49:22
Tracks:
01 Hold On     3:45
02 Love Machine     4:39
03 The Garden     4:39
04 Transhumanity     3:11
05 Qwartz     3:34
06 Slow Down the Wind (Up)     3:55
07 Space Age     4:30
08 In Between the Two Moons     4:52
09 Show Your Love     3:12
10 Ballad Non Sense     5:39
11 Carpet Bombing     4:35
12 Kill For You     2:51
℗ 2017 Prototyp Recording under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment
REVIEW
von André Boße, 15. März 2018 / Score: ***½
?         Weil sein Kollege nicht will, macht Jean~Benoît Dunckel die Air~Platte allein: watteweicher Weltraumfuturismus, stellenweise zu nah am Mond.
?         20 Jahre MOON SAFARI, das war zuletzt ein großes Thema, viele haben noch mal die alte CD von damals rausgekramt, um sich mit haptischer Hilfe an die unvergleichliche Ästhetik dieser Aufnahme zu erinnern. Eine neue Air~Platte hätten wir gerne genommen, doch die beiden finden derzeit nur für Film~ und Kunstmusik zusammen.
?         Aber das macht nichts, denn nachdem Nicolas Godin vor gut zwei Jahren mit CONTREPOINT ein etwas überfrachtetes, aber doch schön klingendes Tribut~Album an die Musik von Johann Sebastian Bach aufgenommen hatte, liefert Jean~Benoît Dunckel nun die Air~Platte, auf die Godin anscheinend gerade keine Lust hat.
?         Fast alle Songs spielen irgendwo im Weltall, es gibt Monde und Roboter, Menschen verändern das Wetter, die Liebe ist mehr Sehnsucht als Realität. Das ist großartig, wenn Dunckel ein Stück wie „The Garden“ sanft in Beach~Boys~Gefilde lenkt oder mit „Transhumanity“ aufzeigt, wo MGMT ihrer traumhaften Song~Strukturen herhaben. Jedoch übertreibt es Dunckel bei „Love Machine“, hier gibt’s den gleichen Moog~Sound wie bei „La Femme d’Argent“, den identischen Sequencer~Bass wie bei „Kelly Watch The Stars“ —  hoffentlich verklagt ihn sein Kollege Godin nicht!
?         Jean~Benoît Dunckel singt fast alles selbst und mit weniger Effekten als bei Air, die Stimme ist dünn, der Akzent gewaltig, aber das stört nur selten: Auf „Slow Down The Wind (Up)“ erinnert der Franzose an den großen Europa~Fan Dan Bejar von Destroyer, der einiges dafür geben würde, einmal so kontinental zu klingen wie dieser scheue Franzose.     ?         https://www.musikexpress.de/
INTERVIEWS
?         An interview with Air’s sexy boy JB Dunckel about his positive new album “H+”
?         Known as a half of French electronic duo Air, Jean~Benoît Dunckel is back with a new album “H+”, and a lot of mojo! In between several viewings of his amazing new video “Hold On”, we asked the sexy boy a few questions about this new positive and futuristic opus.
?         There are not a lot of French artists who can crow about their international success and about being a key figure of the French Touch. Jean~Benoît Dunckel​, best known as one half of the band AIR, could have done it but he was too busy with several music projects and never wasted his time to do so. In March 2018, he will release a new album, “H+”, under his own moniker for the first time ever. He already shared the first single, “Hold On”, and it comes with an amazing Akatre~directed video. We had the chance to interview JB Dunckel and discuss this new album, his life after Air, and his upcoming projects. Be ready, daddy is coming home!
?         “Air was pregnant of me and it took me 20 years to dare to go out naked in the new world of my past’s future.” JB Dunckel
Q:    HighClouds: Air’s last album was released in 2014. You’ve always been involved in a lot of music acts on the side, including your solo project as Darkel. Today, you’re back as Jean~Benoît Dunckel. Why did you decide to change your moniker once again?
JB Dunckel: Because I became myself. My other projects were on the side of Air because Air was my main activity. But now I give to the record my full attention. The music is not filling the gaps of Air anymore but existing on its own and flies beside it.
Q:    By the way, we start the interview with the word “Air” and I guess we’re not the only one to link you to this outlet. Are you bored with being systematically linked to Air? Is it difficult to be visible and feel complete with your other projects when your main one was so successful and essential?
A:    Yes but it’s normal. I’m not bored of it. I like Air more than everyone else. Air was pregnant of me and it took me 20 years to dare to go out naked in the new world of my past’s future.
?         Air was pregnant of me and it took me 20 years to dare to go out naked in the new world of my past’s future.
Q:    You will release a new album, “H+”, in March 2018. Can you explain to us what this title stands for?
A:    H + means “human plus.” This is the symbol of trans~humanity. The concept is that we are in a strange period where everything is changing very fast. We’re on the edge of fusing with machines. Technology can bring us positive things as having a better and longer life, getting out of our boring jobs, travelling more easily. In this album, I expose all my dreams about it in a romantic way. Because we’ll have more time for love.
Q:    Can this concept of “trans~humanity” be applied to you or is it a utopian answer to the tough times the world is going through?
A:    I play the character of being transhuman myself. I mean not getting old any more without any surgery. And the singer JB sings in this position, looking down at the world like a sort of semi~god. I think we change completely our cells in 7 years. I’m having a mutation right now.
Q:     The album is getting introduced to us with this new single, “Hold On”. It is warmful, reassuring and keeps this unique cosmic touch I’ve always heard in your music. What’s the song about?
A:      It’s about the return of the mojo in your life. You know, this morning when you put all your problems behind you, you take over, and you feel this internal rush of energy that I call the feeling of youth. Basically, it’s a feeling of being more sexy after all. And your sexual radar starts to function again. You re~become what men really are: hunters.
Q:    There’s also a classy video with it. It was directed by Akatre who also worked on the album art of the album. Were you already thinking about the visual aspects during the creative process or is it something that came later? Why did you choose to work with Akatre?
A:    I’ve been really attracted by the art of Akatre. The colours of the sun at dawn, this king of warm simplicity and modernity. No, I couldn’t imagine how it could be visually. I just knew that their art could go well with the music. I was searching a modern image and not something related to the past. I wanted to be reborn again.
Q:    Do you plan on touring next year to support this album?
A:    Yes if a live producer is crazy enough to plan a tour. I’d like it so much.
Q:    Lastly, you are one of the key figures of the French Touch. We have a feeling the hype is coming back to us from the States. Have you ever thought of trying something, as a producer for instance, in the US?
A:    I tried so many projects already but my music is weird. I have this strange idea of doing what I like. I don’t adapt to the market. The market just adapts to me a little bit, strangely, rarely. I’d like to produce for another person. But I’m far from the sounds of the radio. Maybe it will come.     ?            http://www.highclouds.org/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/jbdunckel
Website: https://www.jbdunckel.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JBDunckelMusic/
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JB Dunckel — H+ (Mar 16, 2018)

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