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Paul Jacobs: Let's Make Some Noise - The Audiophile Man
Tite: Easy Label: Stolen Body All the way from Montreal Quebec, ex-one man band the now band-bedecked Paul Jacobs wrote, performed, recorded and mixed this album. Anyone how has seen his eight albums, EPs and singles will also have seen his animations and art work. The guy is a one-man dynamo of creative energy. His music, meanwhile is a vehicle to hide the man. It swamps him in noise and distortion. Whether this is a statement or a convenient vehicle of concealment is unsure but this, ‘press record and whack the levels up into the red’ approach to his relative art reduces the precision of his music and blurs out the detail. So what you get is Iggy Pop in the fog, garage rock down a phone, noise rock through a car speaker… Mastering is largely irrelevant in terms of a sonic question. This album could have been half speed mastered by Mobile Fidelity and Jacobs would have ruined it. So mastering shmastering, the noise is here and present and it fulfils its purpose. It blots out life. It reduces the hurt. It stops you thinking. It dulls. It doesn’t excite. It’s the sort of music that prompts you to …