MELODY CYCLE

by JACK AND THE '

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VIDEO MELODY CYCLE > youtu.be/CdNObepu1n4
VIDEO I THINK I'M DANCING > youtu.be/I71t2m5YfbQ
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"... une plage ensoleillée, une oasis de bonheur, une célébration du bonheur musical tellement jouissive qu'il est dur de résister à ses ritournelles alambiquées" (Popnews, France).

"...Julien signe des morceaux pop sunshine et sixties, très soignés et stylés. L'artiste, avec sa cape d'ambassadeur, honore la France comme le fait également Louis Philippe. Melody Cycle est un album précieux, parfait, rempli d'images et ciselé pour nous embarquer dans une autre époque et offrir des aventures, des atmosphères sur des mélodies pop de rêve et totales." (Piggledy Pop, France)

"...Some of the songs are weird but clever. ‘Chicory Salad’ rejoices in such lines as “smells like a palindrome” and “tastes like a paradigm” – what does it all mean? I really couldn’t say. ‘Dinner At The Andersons’’, one of the best songs, is introduced by what sounds like a pair of cheap synthesisers topped with slightly cheesy drums before the brass and vibraphone come in to sweep the song away." (Folking, UK)

"... invokes the entire High Llamas oeuvre, The Divine Comedy, McCartney's first solo records and makes you wish Dennis Wilson had made more music on his own" (FATEA - Uk)

"... building a wonderfully odd umbrella all of their very own out of extended whistling solos and songs about buses, puppeteers and Norwegian lakes" (Danny Charlton, Amazing Radio - Uk)

"... glorious harmonies, good Beatles-ish keyboards, McCartney-esque vocals and feelgood sensibility" (Hotpress (ROI) - Uk)

Jack And The’ est un projet pop mené par Julien Lonchamp, un français en exil à Edimbourg. Le 22 février 2016 Jack And The’ sort son second album Melody Cycle sur Folkwit Records (Grande-Bretagne), Hot Puma Records (Belgique) et WeWant2Wecord (France).

L’idée derrière Melody Cycle est de combiner des mélodies accrocheuses directement influencées par la pop sixties avec de riches orchestrations et des harmonies en cascade, dans la tradition des grands albums de pop orchestrale. L’histoire de Melody Cycle est une de patience, la creation de l’album nécessitant quatre ans de travail minutieux.

Ecrit et enregistré à Edimbourg, Dublin et Nancy pendant deux ans, Melody Cycle met en scène pas moins de 18 musiciens, dont un quintette de cuivres et un orchestre de musique contemporaine (Apostrophe Ensemble). Clarinette, trombone, vibraphone, violoncelle mais encore banjo ou sitar peuplent les 18 chansons, qui voient le groupe osciller entre pop, musique de chambre et jazz.

Julien a pris ensuite une année entière pour assembler les différents éléments de chaque chanson en un ensemble cohérent, et le mix final fut masterisé aux mythiques studios Castlesound d’Edimbourg. Deux EP extraits de Melody Cycle ont précédé la sortie de l’album: Saharian Sands en décembre 2014 et Dinner at the Andersons’ en mars 2015.

Dans un tout autre registre le premier album de Jack And The’, Vacation (a pop manifesto), fut écrit pendant la malheureuse thèse en sciences des aliments de Julien à Dublin. Echangeant volontiers ses recherches sur les arômes de salades pour des enregistrements maison, Julien confia ensuite ses chansons à la crème de la crème de la pop française pour le mix (Orwell, Variety-Lab et Cascadeur). Disponible à l’origine en Thailande sur Smallroom Records, Vacation est sorti sur Folkwit Records in 2012.

Depuis 2009, le groupe a tourné en Grande-Bretagne, France et Irlande et organise régulièrement ses propres concerts nommés Pop Exchange à Edimbourg et Glasgow. Jack And The’ présentera Melody Cycle sur scène en Grande-Bretagne, France et Belgique au printemps 2016, et la rumeur veut qu’ils pourraient bien emmener leur Apostrophe Ensemble dans leurs bagages pour certaines dates…
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"... a sunny escape, an oasis of happiness, a celebration of music so joyful that it is impossible to resist its infectious melodies" (Popnews, France).

Jack And The’ is a pop project led by Julien Lonchamp, a Frenchman in exile in Edinburgh. On the 22th February 2016 Jack And The’ will release their second album Melody Cycle on Folkwit Records (UK), Hot Puma Records (Belgium) and WeWant2Wecord (France). The ambition behind Melody Cycle is to combine catchy melodies influenced by 60s’ pop with rich orchestrations and cascading harmonies, in the tradition of the great orchestral pop records. The story behind Melody Cycle is one of patience, with the album taking four years of painstaking work to produce.

Written and recorded in Edinburgh, Dublin and Nancy (France) over two years, Melody Cycle features no less than 18 musicians, including a brass quintet and the 7-piece Apostrophe Ensemble. Clarinet, trombone, vibraphone, cello but also banjo or sitar populate the 18 tracks of the album, with the band going full circle between pop, chamber music and jazz. Julien then took a full year to assemble the different elements for each song into a coherent body of work, and the final mix was eventually mastered at Castlesound Studios in Edinburgh. The album was preceded by the release of the two EPs Saharian Sands (Dec 2014) and Dinner at the Andersons’ (March 2015).

In contrast Jack And The’s debut album Vacation (a pop manifesto) was written during Julien’s unfortunate PhD in food science in Dublin. Swapping research on lettuce aromas for home recording, Julien then entrusted his songs to the crème de la crème of French pop producers (Orwell, Variety-Lab and Cascadeur). Originally available in Thailand via Smallroom Records, Vacation was released on Folkwit Records (UK) in 2012.

The band has performed as a five-piece in the UK, France and Ireland and set up their own series of gigs in Edinburgh and Glasgow named Pop Exchange. Jack And The’ will be touring Melody Cycle in the UK, France and Belgium in Spring 2016, and word on the street is that they might well be trying to pack the Apostrophe Ensemble in their luggage for a few gigs…
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credits

released February 22, 2016

written, recorded and mixed by Julien Lonchamp
mastered by Stuart Hamilton at Castlesound studios
artwork by Craig Macfadyen

JACK AND THE ' :

Conor O'Hara : drums
Johnny Taylor : grand piano (2/8/18)
Sean Og Collins : upright piano (5/13)
Sandra Collins : vocals (2/6/8)
Claudine Quinn : finger-snapping (18), sounds (9)
Julien Lonchamp : vocals, bass, keyboards, grand piano (4), guitars, banjo, sitar, percussion, sounds (9)

THE APOSTROPHE ENSEMBLE :

Woodwinds
Flute : Sheila Rodgers (2/6/11/12), Brian Denver (1/7)
Clarinet : Ciaran Sutton (1/8/15), Amanda Feery (8)
Bass clarinet : Ciaran Sutton (17)
Saxophone : Ciaran Sutton (2/6/17)

Brass
Trumpet : Kevin Foran (1/15), Niall Harvey (11/18)
Trombone : Chris Rooney (1/3/14/17), Niall Harvey (8/11)

Percussion
Vibraphone : Jacques Telitocci (1/3/6/11)

Strings
Violin : Oona McFarland (1/8/11/12/18)
Cello : Kate McKenna (1/4/13/14/17)

QUINTET TARANTINO :

French horn : Liam Ryan (16)
Trumpets : Kevin Foran (16), Martin Smutny (16)
Trombone : Chris Rooney (16)
Tuba : Brian Larkin (16)
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