Jan Jelinek


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Though he shares an interest in sonic byproduct with artists like SND, Sutekh, and Pole, Jan Jelinek sets himself apart by probing the warm and luminous corners of the digital landscape. So while his music may well be just as theory-based as his peers, Jelinek's work has a strong emotional component that at times verges on the sentimental. Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records is Jelinek's first full-length under his own name, but it's not far from his fine records as Farben and Gramm. The rhythms are more varied here, and Jelinek is working with a richer sound palette centered on warm, fuzzy chords and static. Leadoff track "Moiré," which is built around nervous, unsteady drones (possibly sampled from an organ) and a bed of slowly shifting noise, slowly undulates between dread and comfort. "Rock in the Video Age" reprises the gently insistent house thump featured more prominently on Gramm's Personal Rock, and undercuts the beat with surging chords and unpredictable percussive accents. "Do Dekor" is another highlight, with marked dub inflection, an aggressive, tearing bassline, and gentle tones modulating between three chords on top. Each listen to Loop-Finding-Jazz-Records reveals another intriguing layer, and this is certainly one of the more inviting records in the world of electronic listening music.

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