From the Grenoble-based Carton-Pâte label comes an artist on the rise with an aim to take the French Touch sound to a new level. On his first EP, Mantrakt, Jeanne (a.k.a. Thomas Aymar) crafts a sound that brings together the influences of electro, techno and pop to create a sonic paradigm that is more than the sum of its parts.
The opening track from that EP, “Crystal,” which you can catch below, offers up an excellent indication of where Jeanne is coming from and how his subtle, atmospheric synth lines can combine with his dark, pulsing beats for a moody kind of magic.
It takes you someplace you hadn’t even realized you wanted to go, but once you get there, you’re glad you took the ride.