The best, the strongest adjective I'd ascribe to Montreal's Jacques Greene is depth. The man dives deep in thought, almost cavernous in scope is the depth in his sound and musical style, but most of all, it's impressive how deep his brand of house music delves into the human condition.
Jacques Greene's new album Feel Infinite is infinitely deep. It's an album that I simply can't stop playing. It's not one note, it's lush and full of flourishes of every flavor of feelings. It's a work that speaks volumes to the young talent contained within Jacques Greene and has enabled him to collaborate with the esteemed likes of The xx, Radiohead, Tinashe and more.
Now, why am I all about this man's deepness? Well, it just so happens I was able to share a moment of his time and we definitely dove into the deep end of the artist that is Jacques Greene. Read on!
What is Feel Infinite all about?
So I think the whole thing of Feel Infinite is an idea of communications and emotions, it is a concept of distance but then infinite closeness. Our modern world, and emotions, and how they're translated through synthesized concepts in the club and through means of communication.
In a sense, it's not just an escape. It's more about you trying to bring that energy throughout?
In a way it's kind of like the opposite of escape. I had this big thought process of thinking about, a lot of times we see going to the club as escapism, and in a way sometimes it can be, but it really shouldn't be and traditionally it's not that. I think it used to be a space where people could, not so much confront, but accept each others' differences and accept all these walks of life that would show up. You can celebrate different parts of your life and your identity, and celebrate random other people in the room with you also having a good time.
There was this idea of closeness, and this idea of almost finding something that was more real, and more instant, and visceral than a lot of what we will call reality, that's the rest of our life. So using words like infinite, and I just released a song called "Real Time", was really hinting at this idea of maybe this arena that is kind of labeled as escapism is actually in some ways a lot of times more human and more real than other things.
I understand your intention was to make an album that draws on the full spectrum of human emotions. Was this a new intention for this album?
This whole record in a way was sort of a culmination of things that I've been working on for the last few years. I've done all these EPs and singles, and they're kind of fun as small digestible things, but it was really cool to be able to expand, and for once and for all, maybe not fully wrap up that sound, but catalog it into this one record.
It's something I've tried to do for a long time, but when you're only doing two, three or four songs, there's only so many things you can do. So over 45 minutes, or however long it is, it was more of a fully realized version of what I'd done before. Because I think that 'full range of emotion' thing or whatever, has been a characteristic of a lot of my music. That's kind of like a song that can simultaneously go through melancholia and euphoria all at once, and there are these bitter-sweet moments.
It's an album that begs to be played over and over again, and it just goes through so wonderfully. Is this something you were hoping for, or how would you want this album listened to?
It's a really weird, challenging thing, right? Because when you're making music that can also work in a club, or a DJ set, or whatever, you kind of have to split the difference. I think a lot of times, I definitely decided not to ... I definitely didn't make the album with DJs in mind, let alone myself, which I came to find out as I was playing the songs, finishing them. So I've made myself alternate mixes and alternate versions that I'll play out, because the context of album is hopefully more like cooking, or driving your car, or putting it on when friends come over before you go out, or after you go out, or something.
I think records end up living in different ways than a single. So, yeah, I guess there was a lot of thought put into the flow of the thing, and spacing out more intense moments. I'm not at all trying to provide it with filler, but specifically having a couple pieces that were a little shorter, a little softer, just to give people some breathing room. Because I realized that my music ends up being quite intense a lot of time.
It's kind of like firing on all cylinders. There's vocals, there's big chords, all this kind of stuff. So if it was full fourth gear, just going hard the whole time, I think you would end up quite exhausted. So, yeah. I guess because of, again, the length and context of a record, and hoping that people would listen to it front to back, I tried to make it so it's peaks and valleys, and ebbs and flows, that kind of shit. Yeah.
What do you want people to take away from the album?
Love one another. Love things. Be more in touch with sincerity. I think it's funny because in other parts of my life I can be, the same as a lot people. Dreadfully, ironically detached, and sarcastic a lot of the time. But then my music is this painfully sincere totally un-ironic thing. I've always been really proud of that. I hope that when people listen to this stuff they feel, for real, and really are not ashamed to it, and are maybe in touch with the sincerity that we all have, deep down, and can maybe get at from time to time, under the layers of irony and sarcasm.
Get out from under all the memes.
Yeah, exactly. A lot of the record, and when I was talking about it to even my label as I was making it was like .... Yeah, I think we're all so clever, and detached, and downplay everything, and I love to joke around, but I'm not the most happy-go-lucky guy I guess. A lot of the record is aspirational for myself. It's not so much escapism as it is, "Oh man, I wish I was a totally altruistic, empathetic, compassionate human being that was like totally in love with all of humanity," and so I'm going to make a record that works towards that.
In life, I guess, you should work on your better self, or whatever. Like dress for the job you want to have. So for myself, this record is hinting towards a more positive, honest and loving version of myself I guess. So I hope that ... who knows how people respond or digest stuff, but here's to hoping that people can get in touch with that version of themselves too.
Catch Jacques Greene on tour this spring!
- 4/4/17 - Los Angeles, CA – Resident
- 4/5/17 - San Francisco, CA - Swedish American Hall
- 4/7/17 - Seattle, WA - Barboza
- 4/8/17 - Portland, US - Liquor Store
- 4/9/17 - Vancouver, CA - Fortune Sound Club
- 4/12/17 - Washington, DC - Flash
- 4/13/17 - Brooklyn, NY - Good Room
- 4/14/17 - Montreal, CA - Newspeak
- 4/15/17 - Toronto, CA - The Velvet