I’ve been talking to a lot of people recently about the new Justice sound. There’s an interview below that I’ve embedded in which they talk a lot about the decisions behind making the album, but the conclusion I’ve come to in my own mind is this.
One of the first Justice tracks that everyone remembers the most is We Are Your Friends. Technically not their first track ever (for those that want to know, their first track ever was called Sure You Will and isn’t really regarded as anything serious) but it served the purpose of launching them out of graphic design jobs and into the music world.
Years later they would create Waters of Nazareth and go onto release their Cross album. But what ever happened to that sound from We Are Your Friends? Cross was totally different and in a completely new direction from what they had done at first. Something that they mention in the interview is that they made the first record, Cross, “blatantly aggressive, because we thought it was the right way of doing it at the time”.
Knowing what they know today I don’t think Justice would have ever created something like Cross. I feel like their next album, Audio, Video, Disco, is what they truly wanted to create all along, but didn’t know how or really fully grasp the mechanics behind it all. All the instruments on the record are played by either Gaspard or Xavier, so you know they’ve come along way in learning how to create that sound. Interestingly they won’t be doing as the Bloody Beetroots have and make their live shows more in a band style.
“it’s going to be mainly computer generated because we like the sound of it” is what Xaivier has to say.
As far as this new track Helix is concerned, I like the feel of it much more than Audio, Video, Disco and Civilization. Although the trailing minutes of the song leave a lot to be desired after soaking in the beginning funk.
At the end of the day, I still love Justice. Granted I loved the old Justice more, and I’ll definitely miss that sound that got me into this whole world in the first place. This new sound won’t fit anywhere near the category I place most of my music in, but if I needed to expand my musical feelings out any further there’s no doubt this is the first stepping stone.
Justice – Helix (256 kbps)
p.s. If you have a different opinion I’d like to hear it in the comments.