Jesse Ruins – Dream Analysis (Captured Tracks)

January 30, 2012 by  

Jesse Ruins kept themselves very secretive until landing a deal with label ‘Captured Tracks’. Until then nothing was known about the duo except that they came from Japan and liked to shroud themselves in mystery. It was also known that they made great music; synth heavy sounds floating across a dreamscape of muffled whispers, kind of like M83 but less epic and more intimate. After breakout track ‘Dream Analysis’ got championed by blogs all over, it was only a matter of time before an EP was on the way. It was time for Jesse Ruins to lift that cloak of mystery.

The EP kicks off with ‘Dream Analysis’, a song title which would have been a great album title for the music that the duo makes. Like all the songs on the EP, it starts off with a mumbling synth before breaking into a simple back beat which thuds all the way through. However it’s the constant guitar presence that drives the song, and the 80′s electro-pop synth which joins a quarter of the way through, that make the song really kick into gear, so that it sounds like a hidden track from the Drive OST.

The 80′s pop vibe continues throughout all six songs. It’s not branded all over the tracks, but you can hear it every now and again in Jesse Ruins’ choice of synth and pad sounds. Sometimes it feels like it is the same sound but just reworked- you get this feeling if you listen to ‘I Knew It’ and ‘Lust & Fame’ back to back. It’s a style that the duo obviously love to incorporate into their songs, but by the time you get to the last track ‘Sofija’ you are expecting the same sounds to appear again.

The dreamy and swirly vibes Jesse Ruins provide are what gives them the comparisons to French electro artist M83. Whereas M83 has a more grand and dramatic dream scape for his sounds, Jesse Ruins don’t dream big; they prefer to keep a rougher texture to their sound as if it is a bedroom project. They seem more like a dream-pop version of Youth Lagoon, if anything.

Vocals are sparse on every song; instead the tracks contain suppressed whispers which ride the soothing pads quietly as if they aren’t there. It all adds up to the dreamy aura you enter when listening to the EP and it also enhances the mystery of the duo, because you are never quite sure if they are male or female whispers.
When you come to the end of the EP the cloak still never fully comes off and there is still that air of secrecy about the Japanese duo which keeps them interesting. This is a debut that should keep listeners day dreaming until a full length album appears, scheduled for release later this year.

[rating:3.5]


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