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Artist: REINHARDT, JONAS
Title: Palace Savant
Format: LP
Label: Further
Country: USA
Price: $22.00
"On his sixth album, Palace Savant, Brooklyn producer Jonas Reinhardt (aka Jesse Reiner) undergoes a profound solo odyssey. The record may be the most spectacular realization of Jonas Reinhardts outward-bound sonic aspirations. These eight tracks draw on 14th-century architect Peter Parlers breathtaking St. Vitus Cathedral in Prague. "St. Vitus is a statement to the future by the rulers at the time," Reiner says. "Its surreal, grandiose, psychedelic -- and the sheer scale of human ambition involved is almost beyond comprehension." Parler reportedly deviated from the cathedrals initial blueprint and elevated the Gothic style to heretofore-unimagined, bizarre levels. With Palace Savant, Reiner projected Parlers handiwork into Thomas Edisons era of electricity. "I envisioned [Parler] retrofitting his cathedral with excesses of incandescent light, preparing for a coming age of electronics. Palace Savant is what a contemporary electronic performance in that space might sound like." Recorded on tour and in New York over the course of a year and mixed at Transmitter Park Studio in Greenpoint, Palace Savant begins with the instant attention-grabber/pulse-accelerator "Old Kaizen." At once claustrophobic and spacious, it possesses an urgent, chase-scene synth throb that would make John Carpenter or Bernard Fevre jealous. The turbulent "Shattered Remains of Orr" sounds like Edgar Froeses kosmische-ambient masterpiece Aqua (1974) tossed into shark-infested waters. On "Androma," Reiners expertly-modulated arpeggios contrast low and high frequencies, revealing his ability to create suspense with a chiaroscuro of whirs and pulsations. Palace Savant achieves two towering peaks. The first is "Go Sceptre Go," a swiftly-moving, heavenly droner that veers off on a tangent into a much darker, more chaotic direction. The second is "Noctornum," a burbling and soaring piece thats at once aquatic and astral, before an emphatic rhythm forms, pushing things into menacing Szajner-esque territory. The album closes with the mid-tempo arpeggios and muted, wailing siren-tones of "Omat Principle Decay," a moving finale to a record thats taken you so far and tingled your senses so intensely. A high point in Jonas Reinhardts large canon, the dramatic and majestic Palace Savant does exquisite justice to St. Vitus Cathedrals grandeur. Album artwork by Andy Gilmore. Mastered by Rashad Becker at Dubplates & Mastering." - Further.

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