ARTIST:

ART OF EMPATHY

(BELGIUM)
TITLE:

END OF I

(2020)
LABEL:

AUTRE LABEL

GENRE:

ATMOSPHERIC ROCK

TAGS:
Acoustic, Folk, Melancholic
""End Of I" is a beautiful piece of goldsmithery shining with the melancholic brilliance of a neo-folk tinged with darkwave and that lovers of the genre will be able to taste its true value..."
CHILDERIC THOR (21.09.2020)  
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Let's dare to say it right away, Art Of Empathy is a project we didn't know existed. Following "Evening Sessions" and "Posthuman Decadence", respectively published in 2007 and 2010, "End Of I" is the third opus this Belgian musician sends us. Reason to discover a work that deserves to be analysed despite the quasi-anonymity in which it is locked.

Available for many months, for free on the Bandcamp page, this album finally has the right to a physical version that should allow it to reach a wider audience than its predecessors. If, wandering somewhere between neo-folk and darkwave, the expression is not very personal, at least the sincerity with which Jef Jansen honors a genre where everything seems to have already been said forces respect if not sympathy. After ten years of silence, one can guess that he has given a lot of himself in this opus, of which he has taken care of the smallest corners, even if it suffers a little from a solitary conception and realization.

Beautiful vocal variety, liturgical tablecloths and acoustic features, it is little to say that the richness of his palette impresses. We are grateful to the artist for having also deserted the romantic themes often found in the genre to connect with more contemporary subjects such as criticism of consumerism or capitalism, which gives Art Of Empathy a part of its identity.

The whole is very well done and no doubt that the amateurs will be seduced... However "End Of I" is difficult to totally fascinate on the length. No doubt, it seems to be just too full, as if Jensen sins by excess of generosity. The fact that the twelve compositions are spread out over stretched durations, does not really facilitate the immersion in this record which leaves a mixed impression.

Too bad for this sympathetic musician, driven by a real concern for high standards and who cannot be blamed for a lack of work. Although suffering from overflowing, "End Of I" is a beautiful piece of goldsmithery shining with the melancholic brilliance of a neo-folk tinged with darkwave and that lovers of the genre will be able to taste its true value...


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TRACK LISTING:
01. Where Souls Shine Brightest - 6:48
01. Cynicism Left For Dead - 5:21
01. Revelation Of Ignorance - 6:06
01. Hugging Strangers - 4:33
02. End Of I - 6:29
03. Here Comes Everybody - 6:02
04. Their Playground - 8:04
05. Legion - 4:47
06. Mind / Matter - 6:23
07. Karma's Little Helpers - 6:28
08. Everywhere - 5:02
09. Ninety-Six Percent - 5:16

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Jef: Chant / Guitares / Basse / Claviers / Batterie
   
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Magnifique musique, superbes textes. Ce chef-d'œuvre mélancolique mériterait d'être connu plus largement.
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