Not Quite Metal?


  • Axl Rosenberg

Reader Jon Leone just pointed us towards this post on the blog of the legendary Justin Broadrick, announcing yet another project in the works – this one called Pale Sketcher. Broadrick writes:

“Pale Sketcher is intended as a vehicle for me to explore, exclusively and in more detail, the ‘electronica’ side of jesu [sic].

“It occurred to me during the writing of the last Jesu EP ‘Opiate Sun’ in early 2009, that Jesu, first and foremost, was intended to be a guitar oriented project. The ‘electronica’ side of Jesu was just an inevitable direction for me, but never satisfied with this battle between guitars and electronica with Jesu, I decided to separate the two directions – Jesu, now, and for the forseeable future, being guitar based exclusively, with Pale Sketcher being the project where I can focus and develop further, the Jesu ‘electronica’ sound, without need for further fusion or compromise.”

Broadrick says that the project’s first release will be “the entire out of print Jesu release ‘Pale Sketches’ demixed by Pale Sketcher,” as well as some additional remixes by King Midas Sound and Tower Of Light (not that I have any idea who either of those people/groups/whatever are). It’ll be out July of this year on Ghostly International. You can hear a sample of a Pale Sketcher “demix,” entitled “Plans That Fade (Faded Dub),” here. It sounds pretty cool, though (obviously) not at all metal.

Meanwhile, Broadrick ends the post by saying he hopes to record a new Jesu LP in August, to see eventual release through Caldo Verde. I’ve heard very little of Broadrick’s work that I didn’t think was capital-“B” Brilliant, so I’m stoked to get as much new music from the guy as possible.


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