Jeanscape aka Daniel Wiggins has been prolific since 2016. He has created a diverse array of music but if you take a step back you will notice similarities. I would say this is true of most artists from Radiohead to LCD Soundsystem.
On his new release IN, Wiggins explains, “the main theme of the record is dualism; beauty and agony, sex and death, self and shadow.” I found this interesting for a number of reasons but also for the fact that I’ve been practicing non-dualism meditation also known as Dzogchen.
Wiggins has mentioned Trent Reznor and David Lynch as influences. I’ve heard that before in his music and this is no exception. Take for instance the opener “A Hole Where The Blood Goes” where I hear the dichotomy. There is a driving NIN type beat and distorted synth but also this sense of detachment and absurdity that you associate with Lynch. I loved that haunting post WWII/Bioshock dream that was happening towards the end.
Up next is “Witch” which is perhaps the most versatile vocal performance I’ve heard from him. Wiggins utilizes different vocal affectations as well as filters which makes it feel like different characters. The music itself drives but contains moments of dissonance.
“Pillow Talk” might have been my favorite groove on the album which is somewhere between Portishead and Soul Coughing. The song goes into some unexpected areas. There were also moments that came close to sounding like the David Bowie album Blackstar.
“Meat Mouth” is the catchiest song on the album which is a dark ballad that drips goth influenced ’50s pop. “Barbara” contains some wicked beats and felt like a dance party for ghouls and ghosts. He ends with the seven-plus minute “Bill” which is a slow burn and also the most epic and dynamic song in the batch. You could make a case for it being the most experimental. The song gets under your skin. I was getting Scott Walker vibes on this song.
This is a niche release intended for those who want to confront darkness and dissonance. It should go without saying if you appreciate some of the aforementioned artists this should be right up your alley.
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