Audio, Video, Disco was the last album released by the French electronic duo, Justice, about five years ago. The world needs a gift from the duo and the holidays are right around the corner.
Whether it be pure luck or building anticipation until we can longer function, Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay released their newest album on Nov. 18th, dubbed Woman.
The ten-track album starts with their lead single “Safe and Sound,” which is the perfect track to open up any show, as it really illuminates the cross. “Safe and Sound” begins with, of course, a choir dramatically building up the track, and then going into the right on the money Justice metallic/disco sound that makes the long wait almost worth it. Almost.
There is no doubt that Justice keeps their patented sound alive in Woman. However, the duo isn’t scared to incorporate a new sound and style either.
The tracks “Fire,” “Stop,” and “Randy” tone down the gritty, Justice sound and provide an almost new-wave style that would make any dad move and grove. The tracks are rich in slapping bass, synth stabs, distorted guitars, vocal harmonizers, and the signature Justice choir. This is the track that would make anyone who went to high school in the ’80s wish they could live just one more day in the seeming paradise of rolled-up sleeves and 8-tracks, but also allows any millennial to dance ironically.
Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay have always had a way of captivating different sounds and making an electronic track into something more than an omnipresent bass-line; Woman is no exception. This may be the most experimental Justice album yet. Sure, there are tracks that offer the gritty, “rock-stars-smashing-guitars” sound that we fell in love with back in 2007 when they released Cross, but Gaspard Augé and Xavier de Rosnay weren’t scared to make tracks that veered off the road of disco and effects.
On the other hand, some tracks incorporate all of Justice’s philosophy into one. Track No. 6, “Chorus,” is the longest song on the album. It brings the sense that if you weren’t familiar with the group, it would sound like French choir boys who drank too much Orangina and decided to go on a rampage with their distorted guitars and drums before having a sugar crash.
While five years is a rather long time, we can’t deny Justice ages well. Every Justice album tends to baptize you with disco, distortion, and dissonance and Woman is no exception. While it does not compete with Cross, Woman expands the borders of what can be done with electronic music and may be, most importantly, the perfect album to show the layman that electronic music isn’t all pulsating bass and being able to “turn up.”
Justice is now giving us the chance to prepare and see them live. They are part of Ultra Miami this year and are rumored to be performing at Coachella. Justice is quite a sight to behold during a live set–the crowd will be doing the D.A.N.C.E., the cross will be illuminated, and the world will seem a little grittier. Justice, how we missed you.