The —19 season of the innovative annual performance series MIT Sounding continues to blur musical boundaries. This season of MIT Sounding presents unique artists who push the envelope of their respective genres, creating new evolving music for the 21st century. The December 8 th concert features most of Djesse Vol.
Club over the phone from his London home. None of them were quite right until I found the perfect one. He ultimately landed on a sunny jam rife with lush harmonies, joyful refrains, and layers upon layers of delicately woven instrumentation. The level of production on each track renders the album a unique and fulfilling experience, one that strongly pivots from the first two installments and for good reason. Collier spoke to The A. Club about his forthcoming album, the vision behind Djesse , and the confounding nature of music genres. The A. How else has quarantine bolstered your creativity? I never sat down and really thought about the whole thing too much.
If we're to celebrate all forms of human endeavor here at New Atlas, then I don't want to go a minute longer without featuring a young man who seems to be pushing against every boundary of music, all at once. The ferocious intellect and seemingly endless creativity of year-old Londoner Jacob Collier is no secret to hardcore music geeks, but with a swag of Grammies under his arm and a growing list of big-name collaborations mixed in with his relentless recording output, he's poised to bring highbrow musical ideas into the mainstream like nobody I've seen in my lifetime. Musical genius is an overused term, but beneath a cheerful, home-spun aesthetic peppered with fancy pants, bed hair and funny hats, Collier ticks nearly every box you could possibly think of to qualify for the title. His understanding of the maths of music, and how it relates to emotional experiences in a listener, is pretty much peerless as far as I can tell. He has the rare gift of perfect pitch, but to a degree that lets him pinpoint the percentile spaces between notes as easily as the "notes" themselves. I got my first hint of this through his IHarmU videos, in which a year old Jacob, already a widely renowned muso's muso, would grab short videos of his fans singing, in or out of tune and time, then fill them out with outrageously fun, complex and varied musical arrangements, editing it all together into short videos. This article will be an avalanche of examples you can dip into, and here's the first: the fourth IharmU compilation. You'll get the idea very quickly. Depending on how much of that video you watched, you'll recognize another powerful string to Collier's bow.