“It’s Jacques Greene operating on an entirely new level — his fullest and glossiest work to date, from the rapturous opening track ‘Serenity’ to the outward expanse of ‘Stars.’” — The FADER
“Spacious and atmospheric, the emotive track is built around its titular vocal sample which twists and turns on a bed of breakbeats, fading in and out like a dream interrupted.” — Billboard, on “Do It Without You”
“Known for his genre-defying experimentation, Greene has maintained himself as one of the most riveting artists to come out of the underground dance music community...” — Hypebeast
“It’s built from a sample of THP Orchestra’s ‘Too Hot For Love’ and feels like being immersed in a percussive disco dream.” — Stereogum, on “For Love”
“If this isn't Jacques Greene's magnum opus, we'll be very curious to hear what is.” — Exclaim!
Jacques Greene approached the making of Dawn Chorus as if he were a band. While samples played a big part in his early output, his creative process for Dawn Chorus revolved around recording a stellar cast of musicians, arranging new parts. As a result, it’s his most collaborative project to date, featuring additional production and instrumentation from film composer Brian Reitzell (Lost In Translation), cello by London’s Oliver Coates, additional production from Clams Casino and original vocal contributions from ambient artist Julianna Barwick, rapper Cadence Weapon and singer Ebhoni, all sampled, processed and stitched back into the album.
To craft the sound of the record, he thought about the artists he held dear and researched the gear they used as a means of being in dialogue with their emotional tenor. Some of the gear he sourced included the delay that My Bloody Valentine was renowned for, as well as a compressor used by French Touch producers Alan Braxe and Fred Falke. Working with mix engineer Joel Ford (of Ford & Lopatin), he created a rule book for the album’s sonics that saw each part, from the drums to the pads, be processed in a specific way, through guitar pedals and outboard equipment.