Guérin’s Dissections: ‘Jumper’ by Foxx + [BONUS] ‘solo’ by Je Mappelle

- Posted September 13th, 2017 by

Sometimes, you just need a good album to play in the background of your daily tasks. Sometimes you need a lowekey song to just relax in bed with. Sometimes you need to listen to ‘Jumper’ by Foxx. His style has always been some brand of chill with a few hectic songs thrown in for good measure, but this album turns the dimmers low and lights the fireplace for you to stretch out and unwind to. Let’s just sit and chat for a bit about this adorable album.

ヽ̶͈̼͒͋͌ͅ(̷̨̰̟̮́´̸͍̺̿̇̚ὠ̸̗̟̲̃͑̎`̸̛̛̞̝͆̊○̴͙̈́͌̈ͅ)̶̢͎͉͇̽ノ̵̣̪̗̃́̈́.̵̫̗̰̿̌+̷̸゚̢̮͔̮͎͔͖̍̂̈́͝*̵̨̰̣̜́̿̑͑。̵͚̹̓͂̉̓:̸̸゚̩͚͔̋͋̾́+̵͓͍̟̎͜∩̵̩̌̄̉(̴̯̐̀͝ ̴̳͆̐・̶͍̯̇͗͛ω̶̢̼̳͑・̴̫͈̅̉̈)̵̢̀͛̀∩̷̢͆o̸͔͗͋̇́(̴͚͚̖̈́͂̃́(̶͖͖̳͂̀͊*̶͓͉̯͚͌̔̄͝^̴͖̭͊▽̴̹͉͖͙͑̄^̶͔͚̋̓͒͝*̴̪̲̇͂͌)̵̠͔͓̋̈́̈́͗)̸̭̜̥̎̃͝ỡ̷͈͕̫ͅ《̴̟̬͆《̷̨̻̮͖͠ơ̶͜(̸̨̢̜̙̀≧̶̩͎̹̹̑̊̏◇̴̖̗̍́̕≦̴̤͚̽̈́̕)̷͚̈́o̷̼̜͍̓̾》̴̢̧͎̮́̃̇̇》̴̯̾̐∩̴̼̱̾͛̿ͅ(̸̙̍ ̶̝̫̓・̷̱̘̓̈́͘ω̷̨͔̟̤̿͒̚・̵̹͓̝͘)̶̧̐̑̅̕∩̶̯̳͚̩̃͘o̴̱̫̖͌̆͆͗(̶͖͋̃́(̶̨̟̭̌̐̈́̽*̶͍̟̗͝^̴̲̿̈́͝▽̴̨͖̉̇͝^̶̲̙̦̹͌*̷̭̙̦̳͑̊̑)̴̞͓͆̌͛͘)̵̡͉͕̐ö̵̲́̓̽《̸̠̭͕͚͐《̶̭̻̻̅͋o̵̡̻̖̒̄͋͠(̷̥͚̏≧̵̱͕͌͗◇̴͈͒̿≦̵̭̇̈́͘)̴̜̦̞̈͑͒͜o̸̮̟̾̐》̸̙̲̟̀̽͠》̸̙́̅̂ͅ(̷̗͂۶̵̬̰̺͌̽͗*̵̛̖͓͕̖̒ ̷̮̪̽͝‘̸͕͎̓̀̚̚͜ꆚ̴͔̼̅̒͠’̷̥͗̌)̴̟̠̋۶̴̡͚̙̎̕”̵͕̝̌ͅ

Admittedly, I’ve never really reviewed a positive or cutesy album before, but I think everyone needs a break from all the garbage we have to deal with on a day to day basis. So tonight, we’re going to just cuddle up to this cozy little release by Foxx. ‘Jumper’ does a great job of showcasing Foxx’s quieter, more reserved style while acting as a sort of portfolio, on display for the game developers he one day hopes to work with. Going into this album, I expected J-pop from the album art but was lulled into a sense of serenity when I heard what it had to offer.


Now, these songs are rarely if ever complex structure-wise. A great example of this is the title track. It’s a simple, old-school VGM track that is clearly meant to play behind a cute doggo hassling you for treats or drift about while you walk through a pink, cloud-filled landscape. Its contrapuntal melody is catchy and sugary sweet while the crunchy percussion serves as a light topping to this treat of a track. Atmospheric pads and syncopated stabs simmer below jazzy melodies and drum fills. Each section flows seamlessly into the next and lets you ride through the track comfortably.


Almost every track on this album follows that pattern of smooth transitions and catchy riffs, emulating the classic VGM style of looping songs back into themselves over and over. Sometimes this repetition is carried out for one too many iterations (or more), and the sameness of the tracks can begin to wear out its welcome. This flaw is apparent from the very beginning of the album through to its end with some songs approaching or cresting the 6 minute mark, such as ‘Leaves’. This song is just as plain and catchy as the rest of the tracks on this album, but it decides to repeat itself four times before coming to rest. Now, as I said, I actually enjoy the loop, but as I’m not playing a game to this music, it comes off as a bit lazy not to throw some variation into the track on subsequent repeats.


That said, this flaw doesn’t extend to every long song on this album. On ‘Overcast’, a calm, melancholic piano, bass, and drums set the mood for a quiet track. Easily listenable and instantly demure from the first phrase, this song has a much longer loop than most of the other songs on this album, which, in the context of an album listen-through, keeps the listener interested. Even when it repeats for the third time, this song’s pulsing chorus keeps you coming back for more. It certainly lacks some dynamic variation, as do all but two of the other songs on this release, but it makes up for it with some subtly genius writing. The piano lilts softly over a wandering bass, both written to be melodically interesting but sparse enough so as not to be overbearing. In the previously mentioned chorus, the piano is really the only ‘moving’ part, while the rest of the instruments softly thump out a hypnotic rhythm of chords.


The aforementioned dynamic variation is one of the other things that may push some away, but that’s not really what you should come to this album seeking. Certainly, some of the more energetic tracks on this album use it to their advantage. ‘Neon Nights’ is already a great song, with its funky FM bass line and ‘Death By Glamour’-esque composition, but the EQ on this track could certainly use some work to bring out some of the punch in the bass and kicks. The Toby Fox influence really shines through on this track with the “not quite Homestuck” melody near the end of the loop, and the aforementioned sassy robot disco style throughout. In ‘Goodbye’, the entire track somehow straddles the line between smooth-jazz and downtempo with the way Foxx mixed the track, but this works to its benefit. It highlights the wonderfully cheerful melodies that are being played over its anime-outro chords.


Finally, we can’t talk about this album without mentioning the clearly Disasterpeace-inspired track, ‘Wayfare’. This song could have been ripped directly off of the Fez soundtrack. It also carries some obvious Undertale influences, especially in the piano parts sprinkled liberally in the track. The long, thin pulse wave instruments wail plaintively over minimalist scalar runs in the background, and every instrument reverberates creating a wonderful sonic collage. Again, Foxx’s command of counterpoint and syncopation really pay off here. The melodies play with the background constantly in typically minimalist fashion.

This album is a wonderful de-stress tool that I’d heartily recommend as a background to any work or chores you may need to complete. I think the reason I love this album so much is that, despite it flaws, it really nails the styles it tackles. It unwinds your mind after a long day and keeps you listening with Foxx’s composition chops. ‘Jumper’ isn’t the most bombastic release of 2017, but it’s certainly one I’ll keep listening to in the coming months.

٩̴̗̤̮̖̀̇̿͝(̶̪̎♡̷̡͈̓̐̅͆ε̴̖̰̇̅̅̆♡̶͓̰̓́̍ ̵̖̕)̸̱̥̟̔̈̾̑۶̸̧̜̠͖̈̒⊂̷̳̠́̈́̕͜(̸̥͖̟͒͜♡̵̩̖̿⌂̷͎̼͐̃̈͠♡̸̗̲̳̤͛͑)̵̞̕⊃̶̡̦̘̭̎̋͛(̶̛̛̞͍̣͙́̾๑̶̞͎͉͚̇̚•̸̵̜̲̥̫̖̫̺̃͊̈́́̽̏ ̸̨̪͕̭̎͋̚̚₃̴̧̙̄̓ ̴̡̧̡̺͆͊̏•̷̴̛̯̟̞̳́̏̀͊̀ͅͅ๑̷̢̡͈͎́͒̆)̵̬͓͐٩̵̹̎̎͆̕(̷̬̘̖̊♡̴̨͍̑̀͊ὲ̵̢̩̖͔͝♡̴̙͔̓̋ͅ ̷̰̫̥̏)̷͉̱̏۶̷̠̟̽͐̅⊂̶̲̤̈̋͆̈́(̷̢̗̟̄̓͘♡̴̻̖͇̱̽̉̀̀⌂̵̩̑͆̈́̀♡̸̹͖̓͒)̵̮̦̥͌⊅͕̮̈̅(̸̡̘̽͂͂๑̵̟̟̣͉̽͝•̴̸̙͍̜̲̰́̇̂́̋͊̉̄ ̵̲̼̽̆₃̴̖̠͇̳̍͐̉́ ̵̡̯͎̾•̷̶̤̱̖̖̙̹̈̀͑͗͌̔๑̶̡̫͙̎ͅ)̷͎͙̪̭̑̚٩̵̡̒͋̂̕(̵̧͖̂̈́͝♡̸̳͇̇̕ε̵̺͓̬̍͑♡̵͇̬̉̏̈́̕ ̶͔̭̑)̸̝͈̺̓۶̶̡̻̜̂͘͜⊂̴̮͉̿(̸͙̊̋♡̶̬̞̋̈́̕⌂̶̧͚͉̖̅̌̒͘♡̵̙͔̽̈͐̾)̷͓͉̬͈̊̄͋⊃̷̟̃͌̅(̵̪̓ͅ๑̵̙̬̜̔̓̾̾•̶̶̫͍̗̳̉́͛̿ͅ ̷̱̹̇̎͊̓₃̵͇̀̈́̍ ̴̙̘̋̋̈́͝•̷̵̨͇̳̰̱͇͂̆̑̐̀̑ͅ๑̸̧̝̰̄͜)̷̨̫͈̘̊̍̀͗٩̶̻̣̇̒(̶̨̘͌̉͝♡̵̗͍͛͛͆͠ε̴̻͈͘ͅ♡̵̢̖͗ͅ ̸̢̈́)̵̧̮̪̖͆̕۶̸̛̰͍̭͒̈́͒⊂̶̫̖͍̌̐͝(̶̫̙̺͉̑̑̈́♡̵̧͈̄⌂̸̖̈♡̶̮̻̀̆͊͝)̷̛̤̽̽̈́⊃̵̜̬̦́͜(̷͇̗͖̀̈́๑̵̨̫̣̥̅•̶̷͍͚͓͉̝̙̓̐̆̈́́̑ ̵̭̜̆̈́₃̴͓̭̯͒̓ ̵̮͈̩̾̇•̷̴̛̹̤̞͖̘̰̝̿́̌̀͗͊๑̶̥͔̽͐)̴̺͕̑̾

BONUS ROUND: ‘solo’ by Je Mappelle


This single popped up as I was reviewing ‘Jumper’, and I must say that the ever-talented Je Mappelle never disappoints. ‘ghost summer’ paints a dark, sleepy painting of a summer sunset over a fog drenched city. It saunters into view through this mist and glitches out into a blissful fly-by of a moonlit dance club. The cathartic drop and the cutesy, simple pulse melodies really create a sense of wonder and calm. It’s never too heavy-handed with its EDM-isms, something Je Mappelle never overuses in any of his music. This is another subtle track that really pairs well with ‘Jumper’. At 2 and a half minutes, this song doesn’t overstay its welcome. As the bass fades out, it leaves you both satisfied and wanting just a little bit more.


Luckily, we have ‘paths’ to give us just that little bit. Its funky, deep house rhythms are infectious, the piano parts beautifully serene, and the simple pulse melodies catchy as hell. Je Mappelle flexes his production muscles in this track. Everything compliments another part in this song. The hi-hats counter the bass, the synths layer over each other in great call-and-response sections, and the glitchy, retriggerd sections really contrast the style in rest of the track. You could dance to this track on repeat all night long and still find new things to listen to in its densely interwoven composition.

ヽ̶͈̼͒͋͌ͅ(̷̨̰̟̮́´̸͍̺̿̇̚ὠ̸̗̟̲̃͑̎`̸̛̛̞̝͆̊○̴͙̈́͌̈ͅ)̶̢͎͉͇̽ノ̵̣̪̗̃́̈́.̵̫̗̰̿̌+̷̸゚̢̮͔̮͎͔͖̍̂̈́͝*̵̨̰̣̜́̿̑͑。̵͚̹̓͂̉̓:̸̸゚̩͚͔̋͋̾́+̵͓͍̟̎͜∩̵̩̌̄̉(̴̯̐̀͝ ̴̳͆̐・̶͍̯̇͗͛ω̶̢̼̳͑・̴̫͈̅̉̈)̵̢̀͛̀∩̷̢͆o̸͔͗͋̇́(̴͚͚̖̈́͂̃́(̶͖͖̳͂̀͊*̶͓͉̯͚͌̔̄͝^̴͖̭͊▽̴̹͉͖͙͑̄^̶͔͚̋̓͒͝*̴̪̲̇͂͌)̵̠͔͓̋̈́̈́͗)̸̭̜̥̎̃͝ỡ̷͈͕̫ͅ《̴̟̬͆《̷̨̻̮͖͠ơ̶͜(̸̨̢̜̙̀≧̶̩͎̹̹̑̊̏◇̴̖̗̍́̕≦̴̤͚̽̈́̕)̷͚̈́o̷̼̜͍̓̾》̴̢̧͎̮́̃̇̇》̴̯̾̐∩̴̼̱̾͛̿ͅ(̸̙̍ ̶̝̫̓・̷̱̘̓̈́͘ω̷̨͔̟̤̿͒̚・̵̹͓̝͘)̶̧̐̑̅̕∩̶̯̳͚̩̃͘o̴̱̫̖͌̆͆͗(̶͖͋̃́(̶̨̟̭̌̐̈́̽*̶͍̟̗͝^̴̲̿̈́͝▽̴̨͖̉̇͝^̶̲̙̦̹͌*̷̭̙̦̳͑̊̑)̴̞͓͆̌͛͘)̵̡͉͕̐ö̵̲́̓̽《̸̠̭͕͚͐《̶̭̻̻̅͋o̵̡̻̖̒̄͋͠(̷̥͚̏≧̵̱͕͌͗◇̴͈͒̿≦̵̭̇̈́͘)̴̜̦̞̈͑͒͜o̸̮̟̾̐》̸̙̲̟̀̽͠》̸̙́̅̂ͅ(̷̗͂۶̵̬̰̺͌̽͗*̵̛̖͓͕̖̒ ̷̮̪̽͝‘̸͕͎̓̀̚̚͜ꆚ̴͔̼̅̒͠’̷̥͗̌)̴̟̠̋۶̴̡͚̙̎̕”̵͕̝̌ͅ

Phew! That was a long one, but I’m glad you stuck through with me. Hopefully you could relax a bit with these two releases. Too often we are surrounded with stress and anxiety, and I think finding and sharing releases like these are important to help people get through the day-to-day. Be mindful of giving yourself some time to heal and think without the distractions life throws at you. :3

Alright, enough hippy-dippy bullshit. You won’t be hearing from me until November, as I’ll be focusing on my personal projects. Hopefully you can hear some good earhole wobblers from me in the near future. Or maybe see some pupil dilaters I draw for other musicians. I’m off to make some damned music. You all stay safe, try to stay happy, and remember…

ઈ(@̴̨̊̋̐̃̀̽̽ͅ❦@̴̨̊̋̐̃̀̽̽ͅ)ૐ \Keep Chip City w e i r d/ (๑ ऀืົཽ₍₍ළ₎₎ ऀืົཽ)✧
-Guérin

Foxx
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Je Mappelle
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