Former Seattle then Portland musician Johnny Jewel used to be known just for his myriad projects, from Glass Candy to Chromatics. Now living in Monteal, the artist has been gaining a mountain of momentum with his recent soundtrack work for the film Drive, an act which may have contributed to Jewel's latest project, and his most audacious work to date.
It's called Symmetry, and it's an imaginary film. Today, Jewel released the full TWO HOUR long soundtrack to this imagination. And it's stunning. Full of atmosphere and electronic curiosity, these are not traditional pop songs by any means. Yet, the 37 tracks that Jewel has assembled really do feel like a full work of art, something that's as visual, and visceral, as anything that's come from the songwriter. And, while Jewel's music almost always contains a retro vibe, this score translates that retro feel into a futuristic setting, while still reveling in a nostalgia for (in my head anyways) iconic 1980s-type film scores.
Sounds great, right? Well, see/hear for yourself. Jewel has made this whole work available online and you can listen to the both hours of Symmetry right here, right now. Get to it!