Jack Brain – “Shadow Archetype” [Self Released]

“Jack Brain project was born in 2016 from an idea of ​​the Calabrian multi-instrumentalist Giacomo Casile, with the intention of reworking the alternative sounds of the 90s in a personal way. Over the years it will evolve by feeding on new contaminations and genres, drawing also from jazz, post punk and industrial fields.Since 2017, seven albums have been released that represent different facets of the author’s personality: from the intimate and melancholic side of the debut “Epic Spleen” to the energetic and determined counterpart of “The seeker” up to the reflective and dreamy one of “Jack Brain”. “Shadow archetype” is the new album and represents the passionate and sensual side, the shadow as a projection of the innermost impulses and desires of the soul.

The protagonist in during the journey he will be able to face and accept the demons of his inner world for personal growth.Musically, however, the disc veers towards an electronic rock whose main influences wings are Puscifer, Aphex Twin and Prodigy”. From these biographical notes we understand that Jack Brain is a particular musician, one of those artists who always wears the same clothes, and we also understand that in a few years he has really worked hard to try to establish himself in a musical landscape (alternative rock, in particular) which is saturated to the core with old and new bands. Will this guy have managed to amaze us and do something memorable? In part yes, even if many ideas present in this album perhaps could have been developed better… One has the feeling that Jack Brain has something brilliant in himself , but one bad flaw: haste. An album like this, so full of references to the dark, grunge, electronic scene, could adapt very well to current market trends and in part it does, but some pieces seem more like the viaticum for something more defined and definitive that will accomplish in the future.

Certainly this musician does not lack inspiration and desire to do and all in all the disc is more than sufficient as a global assessment, but greater care for the voices and some more focused arrangements would have made this album less “underground” and more aimed at a large audience. It’s a shame because the talent is there, but this also needs care and time to be best expressed.

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