JESU: Everyday I Get Closer to the Light from Which I Came: CD/LP

May 30, 2014

I’ve been a fan of Jesu (aka Justin Broadrick) from the start, thus I’m familiar with the spectrum that the music can take: some albums are more atmospheric, mellow material—showcasing his appreciation for shoegazer music like Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine—while others tend towards more crunchy guitars, showing the influence industrial music has had on Broadrick. While many Jesu releases have been EPs, in that they have few songs, they can be quite lengthy in regards to overall time. This release is only five songs but clocks in at forty-three minutes, and has very little crunch (the one exception seeming to be some riffs on “The Great Leveller”). Rather, it focuses more on Broadrick’s interest with the ethereal. In fact, it’s probably the least heavy album in Jesu’s catalog. If fans of Jesu have been comfortable with Broadrick’s exploration of shoegazer music in the past, this is by no means a stretch. However, it’s also not Broadrick’s best attempt at the droney sound. That’s not to say it’s bad, because it’s certainly not played incompetently, nor is it overwhelmingly depressing; rather it’s introspective. Broadrick has mastered this sound and knows what he’s doing. But the album isn’t as compelling and nothing came out and grabbed me in an emotionally moving way, (although I did appreciate the nod to the Red House Painters’ snare and guitar work on “The Great Leveller”). I imagine I will always be a bigger fan of the heavier sound, but for fans of Jesu, and especially those who like shoegazer bands, this might be worth your time. As of this writing, the CD and colored LP are sold out, so your only options are black vinyl (one hundred pressed) and digital. 

 –kurt (