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Jesu - Silver EP Review

by Anuj

Some time ago, I heard that Jesu, the new project of Godflesh mainman Justin K. Broadrick, had put up a new song on their MySpace page. I was very impressed by last year's self-titled debut, as was antiMusic.com's/sometime contributor here DeadSun. I scrambled over to the site and listened to the new song 'Star' and was flabbergasted. What was this? It was much faster, even poppier than anything from the first album. Not that there was anything wrong with it; it still sounded quite palatable. So I waited till the EP came out to make a better judgment about what seemed like a new direction being taken. When I put on Silver, however, what I heard initially was not radically different. The title track that opens the disc is somewhat similar to the absorbing, dirgy tracks on the self-titled CD.

The next song up was 'Star', the one that I had heard before. It starts off a lot faster and accessible than one would expect of Jesu, but towards the end it grows closer to the typical Jesu sound. The only marked difference is the vocals, and perhaps the drums. The third song 'Wolves' sounds very much like the most of the tracks from the full length. I would not be surprised to find out that it is a leftover from those sessions. The final track 'Dead Eyes' is a little more experimental. It has a distinct shoegaze aesthetic to it, and could easily have been a collaboration with My Bloody Valentine guitarist Kevin Shields. If you liked the self-titled album, or are a fan of Justin K. Broaderick and/or Godflesh, or are able to appreciate the kind of music put out by Hydra Head in general, this should be right up your alley. Personally, I was bummed to find out that Jesu almost toured with Isis over the spring, but couldn't due to work permit issues. Here's hoping that I get to see them sometime!

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