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Jean-Michel Blais, CFCF - Cascades L'album des
Jean-Michel Blais, CFCF - Cascades L'album des
Interprète: Jean-Michel Blais, CFCF
Titre: Cascades
Label: Arts & Crafts
Pays: Canada
Publié sur: 17 Mar 2017
Style: Experimental, Ambient, Contemporary
Cat: ACX269
Classement: 4.3/5
Format: MP3, FLAC, WMA
taille FLAC: 2891 mb | taille MP3: 2306 mb | taille WMA: 1782 mb

1CFCFTwo Mirrors5:45
2John CageIn A Landscape (Rework)10:50
3Jean-Michel BlaisHypocrite5:13
5Jean-Michel BlaisHasselblad 13:39


CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
ACX269Jean-Michel Blais & CFCF Jean-Michel Blais & CFCF - Cascades ‎(5xFile, MP3, EP, 320)Arts & CraftsACX269Canada2017


  • LayoutIsis Essery
  • Photography ByDan Wilton


Limited edition of 1000 hand-numbered copies.
Includes download code.


  • Barcode (Scanned): 827590269217
  • Barcode (Printed): 8 27590 26921 7



Blais' drifting yet fragmented Hasselblad 1 picks up where the primarily improvised, field recording-laced pieces of his II album left off. Silver's Two Mirrors builds on a foundation of classic piano minimalism, but it develops and becomes fuller and more dynamic, with the help of stargazing synths, chirping crickets, and plenty of reverb. Cascades is a collaborative extended play between electronic musician Michael Silver, known by his stage name CFCF, and neoclassical pianist Jean-Michel Blais. The EP is a set of five post-minimalist ambient re-workings, the first four of them being of original tracks by Blais and CFCF and the final one being a rework of John Cage's In A Landscape. Released by the label Arts & Crafts on March 15, 2017, Cascades received very positive opinions from professional music critics, a common praise being. Album 2017 5 Songs. Cascades Jean-Michel Blais. Blais is a composer and pianist from Québec, Canada. He currently resides in Montreal. His music is influenced by a range of composers and pianists such as Frédéric Chopin, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Maurice Ravel, classical mini read is the music collaboration between two Montreal-based musicians, neo-classical pianist Jean-Michel Blais, and genre-defying Grammy Award-nominated electronic producer Mike Silver pka. 40: is a music album by CFCF, Jean-Michel Blais released in 2017. Cascades is ranked 60,527th in the overall chart, 17,613th in the 2010s, and 1,779th in the year 2017. Cascades by CFCF, Jean-Michel Blais Year: 2017 Release date: 2017-03-17 Overall rank: 60,527th. Average Rating: 68100 from 2 votes. Michael Silver of CFCF teams with pianist Jean-Michel Blais on a sometimes-gorgeous collection of ambient pieces. Montreals Michael Silver maintains an exhausting workload as CFCF. In 2015 alone, he dropped two albums, a Blowing Up the Workshop mix of original material, and an EP. Equally impressive is how Silver strikes-and maintains-a careful balance between charming electronic music and sounds we otherwise look down on: lite-jazz, adult contemporary, Windham Hill-esque new age. In an appreciation of CFCF last year, the New York Times sussed Silvers aesthetic as where uncool become cool and defiantly corny. That balancing act continues into the present with Cascades, Silvers collaboration with. Jean-Michel Blais, CFCF Cascades. Etichetta: Arts & Crafts ACX269. Elenco tracce. Jean-Michel Blais. Hasselblad 1. Two Mirrors. Hasselblad 1, 03:39. Two Mirrors, 05:44

Commentaires (3)
I bought a copy on Friday and then saw the review here. My first listen was a casual, background listening and I found it enjoyable. However, with the comment about surface noise, I decided my second listening should be more critical. As a couple caveats, while I consider my system to be good, it is by no means top of the line and there are definitely better resolving systems out there. Secondly, my tolerance for surface noise may be higher than some and lower than others.

All that being said, while there was some surface noise, I did not find it to be at a distracting level or a frequency at which it was detrimental to my enjoyment of the album. I did notice a moment or two where the it sounds like the levels got too high when recording, and thus the music distorted slightly, but that was not surface noise. This album is also similar to Jean-Michel Blais' first album where there is peripheral noise from both musical and nonmusical sources (piano creaking sounds from the sustain pedal being pressed and released for the former, and I am pretty sure I heard small kids or something like that for the latter... but I now question my memory on that small detail. I will double check it).

All in all, I found the album enjoyable.
Such a shame about SwitcherooU's review. Anyone else care to comment on the quality of this pressing?
Great album, but my copy has a lot of surface noise. Very disappointing. I hope this isn't representative of typical Arts & Crafts pressings. Thankfully, it does include a download card—because I may only be able to enjoy this record digitally.