By: Jamie Goyman
Having graced the sound systems of numerous clubs, lofts and warehouses around the world with his music, the now Toronto-based Jacques Greene, known by his friends as Philip Aubin-Dionne, has finally released his first full-length album, Infinite, and it’s fucking phenomenal. “I think a lot of art and culture needs to be extravagant or extreme [towards] whichever direction you want to get people to,” says Aubin-Dionne. “If you’re trying to make people feel sexy there are R&B songs that are almost pornographic, about fucking, but you [actually just] want to make people get close and grind. It’s almost a caricature of the mood.”
The LP itself, chock-full of earnest and melodramatic emotions, not only tunes fans into where Aubin-Dionne is headed musically, but also displays the talent it takes to connect listeners to his entire body of work in just one album. “It’s sort of an exciting and scary time because the album is sort of a manifesto of the Jacques Greene sound up until this point, a sort of celebration of all those EPs,” he says. “With that comes the need to switch it up. I’ll have a bit of time in studio between a couple festival things and hopefully be able to do that. To just keep it going, really.”
Spending the past five years teasing fans with EPs and singles, it would seem that the album took longer than five or six weeks during the summer of 2015 for Aubin-Dionne to get the album’s 11 tracks ready for mastering. “Feel Infinite,” the second track on the album, sets a precedent for the remainder of the LP, closing out with the artist’s own favourite track, “You Can See All My Light.” “Even to this day when I play it gets me in my feelings and resonates a lot,” says Aubin-Dionne.
The only intentional vocal feature that happens on the album is with How To Dress Well, who is artistically very much on the same level as Green. “I really like the guy and we have very similar ideas as far as our intersections with pop music. He’s a pretty smart guy and it’s always fun to pick his brain,” explains Aubin-Dionne. “When it came time to make this record I didn’t want a producer album that was full of random ‘features.’ It also made so much sense to call upon a really good friend and someone I trusted to work with how I wanted this record to be.” Infinite came from an honest place and when something is created in absolute purity, it can’t be tarnished.
Deciding to bring half his studio with him on tour, Aubin-Dionne has been working on a responsive light setup to work alongside customized projections with friends from Montreal: Melissa Matos, Adam Hummell, Shadi Assadi and Emmanuel Rinfret. “It’s the first time I’m going on tour with a full body of work, but the way I perform it’s going to be a little different every night,” he says. “A bunch of the synths [I have] can’t save pre-set sounds so I have to make it up as I go along. I want it to be sort of like a show that needs to work out the ebbs and flows.”
Jacques Greene performs live at Fortune Sound Club on Sunday, April 9th. Tickets are available for $15 in advance.
Originally published on BeatRoute Magazine.