9 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jacob Collier’s second outing is actually four outings, being released over the course of a year, and Vol. 1 leads off in breathtakingly ambitious style. The young British singer, multi-instrumentalist, and part-time music-theory pedagogue brings every ounce of his stunning virtuosity to bear on Djesse (pronounced Jesse), but also has at his disposal a full orchestra and conductor. He uses them not for pleasant lite-classical wallpaper but as a means to heighten sonic and textural impact, rendering an already large musical canvas even larger. Collier’s synthy blend of melodic pop, R&B, and funk, ramped up with an expert’s grasp of jazz harmony and technique, is transformed by versatile strings and brass and all manner of orchestral percussion—bells, field drum, marimba. The guembri (Moroccan lute) and voice of North African Gnawa musician Hamid El Kasri on “Everlasting Motion” mark another departure as familiar songs by The Police and Lionel Richie become kaleidoscopic wonders, exploding with ideas.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Jacob Collier’s second outing is actually four outings, being released over the course of a year, and Vol. 1 leads off in breathtakingly ambitious style. The young British singer, multi-instrumentalist, and part-time music-theory pedagogue brings every ounce of his stunning virtuosity to bear on Djesse (pronounced Jesse), but also has at his disposal a full orchestra and conductor. He uses them not for pleasant lite-classical wallpaper but as a means to heighten sonic and textural impact, rendering an already large musical canvas even larger. Collier’s synthy blend of melodic pop, R&B, and funk, ramped up with an expert’s grasp of jazz harmony and technique, is transformed by versatile strings and brass and all manner of orchestral percussion—bells, field drum, marimba. The guembri (Moroccan lute) and voice of North African Gnawa musician Hamid El Kasri on “Everlasting Motion” mark another departure as familiar songs by The Police and Lionel Richie become kaleidoscopic wonders, exploding with ideas.

Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
26 Ratings
26 Ratings
WhatWouldJacobDo? ,

The best

Brilliant, daring, beautiful, magic.
My favorites: "Home is" - truly mystical, with some incredible microtonal singing.
"Everlasting motion" - the transition between the two main contrasting sections is one of the highlights of the whole album
"Djesse" -uplifiting fun and deservedly encompassisng of the project as a whole
"All night long" - the piano solo at the end is phenominal

every note sings, the orchestration is impeccable, Jacob's production only goes up and up and we are so very fortunate to live to see it

Used2luvtivo ,

Amazing!!!!

This is a breathtaking, wondrous work of art! I cannot wait for the next three volumes of this exhilarating experience!

jorant66 ,

Amazing talented young man!

I am in total awe of the talent from this young man. Absolutely jaw dropping

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