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Jan Jelinek sputters, stutters, and scratches his way through mind-bending, down-tempo sound textures built against ethereal vintage moans, bleeps, and rings. La Nouvelle Pauvreté is a quiet landmark for electro-acoustic music that demands heterogeneity from the album's sources and structures. Creating ambient abstractions that flirt with pop — like on the oddly uplifting and ominous "Music to Interrogate By" — Jelinek rejects the self-restriction that often characterizes electronic music. "Trust the Words of Stevie" grinds like Microstoria with Serge Gainsbourg whispering lyrics over the top. "It's, And's and But's" seems to take an old soul tune and re-sculpt it as glitch-pop. The album ends with the dark, loping "A Waste Land," but what Jelinek does that is so beautiful and masterful is layer soft, charming vocals that seem counter to the mood of the music, creating a paradoxical feeling — both disturbed and optimistic.

Biography

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Jan Jelinek recorded under the names Farben and Gramm, as well as his birth name, and became a revered producer of electronic music. Moving to Berlin in 1995 for the sake of his university degree in philosophy and sociology, Jelinek started experimenting with sampling media. His experimentation turned into solid productions, and in 1998 he started releasing records under the moniker Farben on Klang Elektronik. In April of 2000, he released the fourth Farben 12", Raw Micro, while also recording under...
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