- Release Date 2010-08-24
- Label Ghostly International
- Catalog GI118
Jesu: Pale Sketches De-Mixed consists of songs originally released on the 2007 Jesu album Pale Sketchesa collection of electronics-oriented Jesu songs that didnt quite fit on a conventional release. On De-Mixed, Broadrick revisits these Jesu misfits and plunges them deeper into the abyss, de- and re-constructing them into lumbering, beat-driven synthesizer symphonies. Album opener Dont Dream It (Mirage Mix) pairs twinkling piano keys with a foreboding swath of synthesized drone, juxtaposing the ugly and the beautiful in a way that evokes the moodif not necessarily the soundof Jesu. Supple Hope brings Broadricks vocals into the mix, adding a human element to the stuttering beat as smoky sibilants hiss around the periphery. Standout Dummy (Banhoff Version) breaks form with its lightly sweetened nostalgia, buzzing and humming like late-summer fireflies over a lugubrious breakbeat. Closer Plans That Fade (Faded Dub) evokes its title to a T, all echo-y tendrils, reverberating rimshots, and translucent vocal sounds that melt into the air like smoke.
On Jesu: Pale Sketches De-Mixed, Broadrick displays a delicate touch with musical moods, crafting dark, sweet hymns that alternately soothe and unsettle. The crunch of rusty industrial machinery, the murmur of a summer windthese are Justin K. Broadricks Pale Sketches.