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JEAN-MICHEL BLAIS
22.10.2018

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Jean-Michel Blais

Dans ma main​, the sophomore release by pianist and composer Jean-Michel Blais, is an expansive album of post-classical piano with strands of electronic detail. Blending his conservatory skill and precise pop sensibility with synthetic accompaniment, Blais creates unique environments where the piano’s intimacy can be subtly disrupted at any time.


Blais sets the stage with gentle, consonant album opener “forteresse,” a reversed cascade of high tones and accidental ambience. As he describes it, “The fortress is our pillow, our bed, our house, our city where we safely rest at night, allowing our mind to ramble, floating between consciousness and id, darkness and lucid dream.”

Largely composed in one week of open exploration, Blais comes closer to the improvisational source of his writing, painting impressionistic stories within the fluid, indefinite outlines of dreams. ​Dans ma main​ rolls like clouds of nostalgic fog blown away on a clear wind, at once recalling and signifying the end of ​Il​, his critically acclaimed 2016 debut album.

By contrast, ​Il​ was written and recorded by Blais over two years, culled from rolls of accumulated experimentation into an enchanting, unignorable arrival. ​Il​ unearthed an unknown musical imagination, with overwhelmingly intimate compositions cloaked in the romantic din of Montreal city noise. The debut album would go on to amass 50 million streams worldwide, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Classical chart in Canada 14 times, and transforming audiences globally.

On ​Dans ma main​, tempted by a tangent first explored on ​Cascades​, his 2017 collaborative EP with Grammy-nominated electronic producer CFCF – born from a featured performance at 2016’s Red Bull Music Academy – Blais steps out with an artistic statement that both reaffirms and refutes his post-classical stature. The disparate universes within ​Dans ma main​ are so seamlessly entwined that they appear borderless.

Dans ma main​ weaves together expressive piano with austere synths in a double-helix of acoustic and electronic arpeggiation, tethering techno, industrial, ambient, and new age music to Blais’ solo piano essence.

 

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