With much decorum arrives the new indelible jazz mood board and sequel to 2018’s Londøn Experiment. The name of the project signifies the sullenly thoughtful jazz Nepenthean. This plant has been known by ancient writers to bring forgetfulness of one’s sorrow. The project’s intention is to dissolve the limitations that we put on sound. The restrictions we let our mind place upon hearing a particular genre of music. Continuously carrying out an improv-based groove is common stay in Jazz.
There’s a certain peripheral in the way the songs are sequenced here. The front cover’s source originates from Murmansk, Russia. At first glance, the photo seems to contain the energy of what seems to be descending rain. The muse and implied symbolism however is that half of this residence was affected by a gas explosion. Some families left everything behind claiming all to be condemned. Other families stayed changing their narrative on what had happened. With wood lining the windows, many eliminated the thought of seeking perfection. Your living conditions are yours to evaluate and the families that have stayed chose to accept the reality that surrounds them. They know joy, comfort and grace in living simply; enjoying what they already have. This is a lesson in control and understanding life’s unpredictable nature. No one is exempt from this truth; it is in each of our lives.
Listeners are invited to find their own Nepenthean and transcend circumstance. We do certainly control our reaction to things. The project reveals itself based on the listener’s head space and takes a new form on all sequential listens thereafter. The writing styles on this project are far from defined and a slew of talented artists join in on the timeless journey. At the record’s end, the initial verse reprises stretching over a field of horns drawing attention to everything being connected.
If the Nepenthean had a blossoming flower today; it would be the Udumbara (imaginary plant from Buddhist writings) that blooms only once every three thousand years. A project like this only comes around once per lifetime so truly cherish this body of work. As a bonus, each song contains the lyrics built into the files so you can follow along. Study all of the layers spread across these transmissions and remember two things: 11 songs but “numberless as grains of sand” -Huang-Po
and “in the very end, at the ultimate, there’s no room for rules or measures” -Seng-ts’an
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RUN TIME: 31M 03S | RELEASE DATE: SIXTEENTH DAY OF THE EIGHTH MONTH IN THE TWO THOUSAND AND NINETEENTH YEAR | A JAZZ STUDY | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: D.JULIEN | CREATIVE DIRECTION: D.JULIEN | SONGWRITER: D.JULIEN [EXCEPT] “SEEING PASSION” (D.JULIEN/J.PETTIGREW) “LOOK AT MY REFLECTION” (J.GUILMETTE/D.JULIEN) “ENERGY FORMS” (D.JULIEN/N.GUENETTE/J.GUILMETTE) “GAMBIT” (D.JULIEN/E.TUFT) “REMAINS OF THE DAY” (D.JULIEN/J.PETTIGREW) | ART & GRAPHIC DESIGN: D.JULIEN FOR ARTWORK BY DEX IN ASSOCIATION WITH DISTRICT10 | PHOTO COORDINATION: D.JULIEN | DIGITAL PORTAL CAMPAIGN: D.JULIEN | RECORDING ENGINEER: D.JULIEN [EXCEPT] “SEEING PASSION” (D.JULIEN/J.PETTIGREW) “LOOK AT MY REFLECTION” (J.GUILMETTE/D.JULIEN) “ENERGY FORMS” (D.JULIEN/L.MCGINNIS) “GAMBIT” (D.JULIEN/E.TUFT) “REMAINS OF THE DAY” (D.JULIEN/J.PETTIGREW) | MIXED BY: D.JULIEN AT THE DISTRICT, GATINEAU, QUEBEC | ADDITIONAL MIXING BY J.PETTIGREW IN COBB COUNTY, GEORGIA, E.TUFT IN STATESBORO, GEORGIA & LIAM “MINI GINNI” MCGINNIS IN OTTAWA, ONTARIO | MASTERED BY: D.JULIEN AT THE DISTRICT, GATINEAU, QUEBEC | “ASHES IN THE PUREST FORM” AND “ASHES IN THE PUREST FORM (TAKE 2 IN D MINOR)” BOTH CONTAIN A SAMPLE OF ”PRIDE AND VANITY” BY OHIO PLAYERS FROM THEIR 1979 ALBUM “PLEASURE” | “GAMBIT” CONTAINS A SAMPLE FROM SEASON 1 EPISODE 11 OF THE EARLY 90’S X-MEN ANIMATED TV SERIES | VOCAL ARRANGEMENT: D.JULIEN | SEQUENCING: D.JULIEN | ALL CUTS AND EDITS: D.JULIEN | PUBLISHED BY DISTRICT10, ENCODEX PAIGES & OUR COMMON SEANCE | BIT RATE: 320 KBPS STEREO | RENDER: 92 000 HZ 24 BIT STEREO PCM | LAXX P APPEARS COURTESY OF 657390 RECORDS | STREET SCHOLAR APPEARS COURTESY OF JUST POETS | NIC GRHYMES APPEARS COURTESY OF THE SAWLID ACT | REY MORADO APPEARS COURTESY OF REIGNCLOUD | FUN FACT #1: THE SONG “PRELUDE TO RECORD OF A LIVING BEING” IS A PRECEDENT-SETTING EXPERIENCE BEFORE WATCHING THE FILM “I LIVE IN FEAR (AKA RECORD OF A LIVING BEING)” BY ACCLAIMED JAPANESE DIRECTOR AKIRA KUROSAWA. THE FILM WAS MADE IN 1955 AND TELLS THE STORY OF A MAN SO TERRIFIED OF NUCLEAR WAR THAT HE INTENDS TO MOVE HIS WHOLE FAMILY TO THE SAFETY OF A FARM IN BRAZIL | FUN FACT #2: AN EMBOLDENED FOLLOW-UP TO 2018’S “SAKUNŌ” (FOUND ON LONDØN EXPERIMENT) WHERE A MAN GOES TO HIS FAVORITE PLACE IN THE CITY EACH NIGHT. ILLEGALLY ATOP THE ROOF OF A FAMOUS BUILDING, HE LOOKS DOWN REFLECTING ON THE METROPOLIS. DURING THE DESPONDENT SEQUEL, THE SAME MAN HAS COME TO ENJOY LIFE ON THE GROUND. HE SMILES THROUGH LIFE ONLY TO HAVE HIS HEART BROKEN BY THE WOMAN HE LOVES. FOR HER VISION OF HAPPINESS, HIS HEART HAD TO BE GIVEN UP. RENOUNCING HER INVESTMENT IN A LIFETIME ROMANCE AND EVOLUTION TOGETHER. PRODUCTION IS HANDLED BY MARK DE CLIVE-LOWE COLLECTING MOMENTUM WHILE HONORING THE SENSIBILITIES OF THE PROJECT’S JAZZ PULSE | FUN FACT #3: THE SONG “ENERGY FORMS” IS THE SECOND TIME THAT DEX, NIC GRHYMES & STREET SCHOLAR COLLABORATE ON A SONG TOGETHER. THE FIRST TIME AROUND WAS ON 2018’S “KILTER KIN - DOUBLE S VERSION”. HERE, THEY KEEP THE SAME ORDER OF APPEARANCE AS LAST TIME | FUN FACT #4: THE SONG “GAMBIT” IS BASED ON A CHARACTER FOUND IN THE FICTIONAL TEAM OF SUPERHEROES CALLED THE X-MEN. MARVEL COMICS DEVELOPED THIS CHARACTER AND RECRUITED REMY ETIENNE LEBEAU TO THE TEAM IN 1990. MARVEL STUDIOS WAS RUMORED TO BE BRINGING THE CHARACTER TO THE BIG SCREEN. REGARDLESS IF THE FILM DOES OR DOESN’T HAPPEN, WE CAN NOW APPRECIATE GAMBIT THROUGH SOUND WHICH IS ENDLESS ON THIS LEGENDARY COLLABORATION WITH REY MORADO