My Jazzy Child : Un grand coup de lassitude

01 — ICI

02 — C'est la bataille

03 — Triste d'être maybe

04 — Des vacances très nouvelle vague

05 — Un apprentissage très positif

My Jazzy Child : Un grand coup de lassitude

P:REC 015 / CDR / 2000
My Jazzy Child : turntables, radio

01 — ICI (04:26)
02 — C'est la bataille (07:37)
03 — Triste d'être maybe (07:29)
04 — Des vacances très nouvelle vague (04:58)
05 — Un apprentissage très positif (18:30)


2001 / Julien Jaffre

Les cinq pièces de My Jazzy Child provoquent une langueur qui entre en résonance avec l’atmosphère du lieu. Pleine d’amplitude, avec une ossature répétitive c’est par paliers successifs, par touches qu’on accède à leur douce torpeur, leurs projets de développement intime. Un étagement raisonné des sensations, nappes vibrantes, fusions aquatiques, échos concrets (champs d’oiseaux), où filtres discrets, grésillement et petits parasitages sonores viennent en flux et reflux comme autant de stimuli réactifs, comme pour montrer un lieu globalement statique mais avec une multitude de détails en mouvement. Une BO imaginaire pour un film d’espace vide.
L’album impose un rythme sourd à notre corps, petit métronome imaginaire donnant la mesure à la respiration et au pouls, guidant le corps d’un état d’excitation à un état de torpeur éclairé. On ne se départit pas si facilement de cet album, si tant est qu’on puisse jamais vraiment en sortir.

Août 2001 / Ed Pinset

A splendid release from this young French turntablist / radio player, who has a number of Paris gigs under his belt, besides two releases on his own Evenement label. His name is misleading – this is nothing to do with ‘jazzy’. He has a minimal charm, realizing effective results using very simple means, and is blessed with a strange, semi-surreal approach tosound-organisation which I’m persuaded you might enjoy. Seems thatmusically, he lives somewhere between ‘electro ambient’ and improvisation – an intriguing locale, which is probably one of those forgotten suburbs as featured in the movie La Haine. His first track is a slowed-down stuck record beat, competing against the birds singing audibly in the background, plus the sounds of urban traffic; it has a hypnotic quirkiness and works because it obliges us (in true Cagean fashion) to pay more attention to the background sounds we normally ignore, allowing them to become music. Beautiful music at that. ‘C’est la bataille’, pitches an army of clanking coffee-cups against a sea of heavy vinyl-surface crackling; the oppositional narrative which unfolds would require a Svankmajer to do it justice. ‘Triste d’être maybe’ uses a skipping record turned into a loop, Philip Jeck style, to create a fractured Eno-like soundscape, not without a touch of nostalgia. ‘Des Vacances Très Nouvelle Vague’ uses a similar approach, sourcing classical music perhaps, and this cut remains stamped with a peculiarly French identity. Not just because of the French-speaking radio samples, or the nameless schoolchildren singing to a nameless piano. It might almost be a fragment of a soundtrack from a forgotten Jean Cocteau film; it has that between-the-wars innocence, and that same lyricism. This could be the most affecting track here, but the final cut ‘Un Apprentissage Très Positif’ is the most ambitious. Eighteen and one-half minutes depicting a bewildering day at the pension. It starts out with the wireless crackling while the furniture movers are in, causing havoc with the chaise longue. Then the upstairs neighbour practices some light feedback work on his heavy metal guitar. They all shut up for a second or so when the concierge enters, breathing fire, but she is soon tied to a standard lamp and the party continues.get the picture? To find out the exciting ending, send away for this fine CD.

Décembre 2001 / Chris Atton

There is more fine Francophone studio work from My Jazzy Child, turntablist and radio operator. Despite their clear differences – Jazzy working from the noise/electronica angle, Lepage from more classical notions of composition – the two share an interest in sustained, almost romantic passages and linear collage. Jazzy’s turntablism is a million miles away from, say, Otomo Yoshihide, and no worse for that. Unusually for deck-based improvisation, the five pieces not only have a careful, internal compositional logic, they have also been edited sensitively as a suite. Samples and scratches are unsourced, and their anonymity only adds to their organic, lyrical fascination – there are no crude spot-the-charity-shop-record samples here, no easy-listening faux hipness nor any post-ironic shenanigans. Even the rough scratches and radio static of the 18-minute ‘Un Apprentissage Tres Positif’ coalesce in a messily symphonic, electronic tone poem. One to play back to back with Steven Wilson’s ‘Bass Communion II’.

Juillet 2003 / Nicolas Malevitsis

my jazzy child’s “un grand coup de lassitude” was another joyous moment. my jazzy child plays turntables & radio and creates great soundscapes rich of ambiances & textures that at times brought in mind the work of janek schaefer for instance. What I also enjoyed is the diverse nature of the cdr, 5 tracks in all, the 4 no more than 8 min length each the final an 18 min piece, in a way a bit different to the previous ones but still cool, if you’re into such stuff is a cdr to check I think.


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