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JEROME FROESE: C8H10N4O2 (2004)

A good single which presents us a still timid and insecure Jerome who leans on the still fresh structures of DM 4

1 C8H10N4O2 (7:06)

Groove GR-116

(CD 7:06) (V.F.)

(E-Rock)

This is Jerome Froese's very first solo effort under his true identity.

JF under the name of Froese Jr was to accompany his companion Ulrich Schnauss, who had participated to the compilation album entitled Unpleasant Poems that Jerome had recorded under the pseudonym TDJ Rome for the label Ground Liftaz for the needs of a mini concert in Eindhoven in 2004. The 2 friend-musicians each had to produce a title for this concert. And unfortunately, Ulrich Schnauss broke a hand. The piece written by Jerome, C8H10N4O (chemical formula for caffeine) was picked up by the Dutch label Groove nl and released for sale in October 2004.

C8H10N4O2 blossoms with a dark synth wave that ripples behind guitar chords floating in an ethereal ambience. Synth layers come to cover this delicate intro which is surrounded by a nervous bass line and cymbal noises. And the percussions surge with big guitar riffs and reverberating lamentations of the guitar. The breathless rhythm, C8H10N4O2 runs on a brief unbridled passage before falling into the arms of a synth with rocking layers on a rhythm supported by fluttering cymbals and sober percussions. A melodious passage follows with beautiful synth chords flown over by metallic layers. Caught between ethereal ambiences and wild rhythms, C8H10N4O2 embraces the same paths as the Dream Mixes series (in particular DM 4) and brings us to nice melodious passages (the piano at the 5th minute) which float in mellotron mists. And here is this first single of Jerome, under his true identity.

If you like the Dream Mixes series, you will love C8H10N4O2. A good single which presents us with a still shy and insecure Jerome Froese who leans on the still fresh structures of DM 4.

Sylvain Lupari (June 25th, 2010) ***½**

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