Over the years we’ve seen music slowly erode into over-commercialized, corporate puppet shows providing music that is extremely sing songy, predictable, popish & highly corporate. I hereby call this new breed of music “Poser Rock” and I want to personally thank all the corporate giants for successfully transforming “Sex Drugs & Rock n Roll” into “Yoga, Vitamins, and Nikelback” Of course millions of musical lemmings don’t know the difference anyway, but not everyone is entertained. Talking to many music fans out there the response is overwhelming. Give me something new, something raw, something that’s pushes the envelope with a fresh sound that doesn’t leave it soul at the door. Something that doesn’t sound like Nikelback, Daughtry or Lifehouse.
So across my desk slides the new CD by ambient composer Jack Jeffery entitled “The Constant of what remains” and what I heard put a smile on my face. It’s a nice easy flowing record that delivers solid songwriting with a nice ambient ambience that just flows across your ears. The music will remind you of the usual suspects — Moby, Crystal Method with maybe a hint of Prodigy but alo interwoven are touches of Pink Floyd, Craftwerk and Alan Parsons Project. You will also hear a side of Electonica, Chill, Ambient Rock, and even Trippy-Psychedelic Rock of the 70’s If you like the above bands and musical styles you should definitely check out this CD. My favorite track is probably a toss up between “Fade Away” and “Carry On” World class composers present a wide range of musical depth that is very conservative yet highly dynamic environment. Having said that the overall sound quality of this release is not up to par with other professional Ambient CD out there. But the music is amazing nonetheless.
“The Constant of what remains” by Jack Jeffery is clearly a solid release with many feel grooves with a pleasant atmospheric quality to it. It’s a record that gives us a fresh glimpse at an amazing artist and takes us back a few years — before everything started sounding like — well Nikelback.
Edited by Cyrus Rhodes