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Jesu “Every Day I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came”
25 years ago, Justin Broadrick formed the highly influential heavy metal group Godflesh, who would prove to be instrumental in the evolution of the instrumental metal and post-metal genres. Well in 2002, Godflesh broke up, leaving Broadrick to write coherent pop music, or as we like to call it: a mixture of drone doom, post metal, shoegazing, and ambient music. This project is known as Jesu, and so far five albums have been released, even though Godflesh reunited in 2010. While Jesu isn’t the best or most interesting project in any of the genres it covers, they’ve definitely stepped their game up with “Every Day I Get Closer To The Light From Which I Came,” an excellent, sad, and beautiful record.
You may or may not remember, but earlier this year, a band called Deafheaven released what has been called one of the most important black metal crossover records of the year, “Sunbather,” although a lot of people are calling it overrated and pretentious. Anyway, I’d like to think Deafheaven owe a lot to Justin Broadrick since he’s been gazing at his shoes and adding metal into the mix for 10 years, and this album is just evidence that Justin is better than ever on this record.
While previous Jesu albums have usually hit between the 50 and 75 minute marks, “Every Day” comes in at around 42 minutes, making this the trio’s shortest record to date. Its length only appears to make it more enigmatic, however. It’s dark, shrouded in a blanket of ambient sound, and expertly produced. It’s the My Sunn O)))-y Valentine album we never knew we wanted to hear, and it’s from what I now see is one of the most underrated projects in the shoegazing business.
Now is it the most original record in the whole wide world? Probably not. It’s not Have A Nice Life by any stretch, but it’s a beautiful sounding album. It doesn’t try to overwhelm the listener like Swans would. It’s calm, actually. The entire thing feels like one compositional piece, and even the 17-minute song seems to go by like a small wave on a tranquil ocean. It’s not exactly uplifting, but it is an album I enjoy listening to enough to say it’s one of the best things I’ve heard all year. So give it a listen if you’re trying to fill that Isis sized hole in your life, or maybe you wanna stick it to Deafheaven. Either way it’s a hell of a lot better than that weird album Chino from Deftones did with those dudes from Isis.
SCORE – 8.8
FAVORITE TRACKS – Homesick, Comforter, Everyday, The Great Leveller
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