French electronica duo Justice recently posted “Planisphère”, a 17 minute piece commissioned by Dior Homme for their Spring/Summer 2009 runway show, onto their myspace. Presented in four parts and centered around one basic chord progression, they demonstrate rather deftly how one can make a simple composition interesting just by manipulating effects, syncopating rhythms, and adding layers. It feels urgent and, despite its melodic cohesiveness, is somehow imbued with a sense of constant progression. I’m finding it pretty addicting… I’ve listened to it a number of times in the past couple days. My favorite segment (the utterly epic finale) is available below, but to fully appreciate it you’ll need to hear “Planisphère” in its entirety. Stream it here.
Download: Justice – Planisphère (Final)
Buy: No word on any official availability, though it would make a nice EP.
Watch: Now seemed like a nice time to revisit the impeccably-shot video for Justice’s “Stress”, which is still as disturbing now as it was when I first saw it. At once an homage to A Clockwork Orange, Man Bites Dog, The Warriors, Prodigy’s “Smack My Bitch Up”, and Aphex Twin’s “Come to Daddy”, as well as a reflection on the violent unrest in France in both 2005 and 2007, it’s definitely worth checking out if you haven’t already.