By Colin Gallant
Arts & Crafts/LuckyMe
It can be tough for a well-liked electronic music producer to deliver on a full-length after a long run of great singles and remixes. While some veer towards replicating the feel of a DJ set in the long form, Jacques Greene has created a captivating, nearly wordless narrative on Feel Infinite.
Using his two major trademarks, pitch-shifted vocal samples and cold, futuristic synth tones, the artist born Philippe Aubin-Dionne keeps the feel of his early work alive while using spacious moments to widen his net. Sonically, the vocal elements (including a wrenching turn from How to Dress Well on “True”) recall ‘90s r’n’b, but it’s more the range of feeling that decade’s mighty runs could contain that comes to mind than anything else.
While it has a few meditative, nearly beatless moments to preserve the mood dynamics crafted into the album, Feel Infinite’s highlights often come when Greene builds a web of seemingly at odds rhythms and melodic patterns before flipping them into a locked stomper. “Real Time” and the recently JUNO-nominated “You Can’t Deny” are the best examples of this.
Punctuating the album’s emotive but elusive tonality is closer “You See All My Light.” A divine voice repeatedly surfaces, reaching for absolution but always falling just a second short. As Greene pointed out in his mission statement for the album, Feel Infinite is more about aspiration than reward. Sometimes it’s good to linger in those moments between.Feel Infinite, Jacques Greene