Daniel Menche - Jugularis [Important Records - 2006]
We very much take for granted our hearts and all the criss cross of network of veins that pump blood around our bodies, every second and every breath is decided by your blood flow. This is what Daniel Menche investigates on Jugularis, the rhythm and its many textures of pumping blood. It’s like you've been shrunk down, then injected into a body.You travel along, the many by ways of it’s arterially systems.
Jugularis part one starts off with a creepy looped ambient tone, with the rhythmic element slowly building in the background- drifting more into the front of the mix. It feels like maybe the slowed and strange pulse of a sleeping body, all systems just ticking over, but as it goes on the rhythm picks up pace, along with depth of sounds. As the ambient tone lessen Menche adds in more layers of rhythmic noise, building up a denser picture, still somewhat haunted in it’s texture. All leading to the end of the track were the pace and depth of the sound is faster.
Parts two and three continue in similar fashion- building the pace and density of sound, that rises to great noisy percussive full -throttle high before, Dipping down into slowing fluttering of the heart beat as part 3 exists.
The album disk comes in a rather fitting and gruesome cardboard sleeve decorated with meaty interior. An interested concept , which does sometimes seem to overstretch the idea- really could it have been more effective at half the length. Never the less even Menche's lesser works are worth a look purely because of the high artistry he puts into his sound creationsRoger Batty