· JULIEN LACHARME PROJECT - OUT OF BOUNDS (GYR119) ·
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01. OUT OF BOUNDS
FORMAT: Audio CD / Wallet
Phenomenal debut studio disc by this outstanding guitarist from France featuring 10 tracks of awesome, impressive, dynamic, blues-based, instrumental guitar rock mojo that defines true six string brilliance. Julien (DJUL) Lacharme is an exceptional new guitar talent who also writes strong, interesting, memorable songs/compositions. "Out Of Bounds" is a remarkable, well-crafted musical document that is essential listening for serious guitar rock lovers worldwide. An amazing, intelligent, sophisticated, musical work of guitar art that is Highly recommended to fans of Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Greg Howe, Richie Kotzen, Jeff Beck, David Gilmour, Plankton, Peter Martinsson, Tristan Klein and other similar top-shelf, world-class axemasters who speak the six string truth.
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JULIEN LACHARME - "Out Of Bounds"
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If you're into serious guitar playing but bored by the wave of shredding neo classical gun slingers that just play the same worn out scales and sweeps over the same boring rhythms, but looking for something with a little more imagination and variation look no further Julien Lacharme delivers on all fronts. Juliens music is all over the place...it's at times spacey and tripping and at other times nice funky heavy grooves and some simply rippin' solo's that are original and tasty with amazing tone, feel & flow...then there are tunes with a real jazzy flavor but all with super cool blistering but tasty guitar work...this guys the real deal as far as guitar player's go...I've heard a lot of guitar player instrumental albums in my day and this one is one of the most enjoyable and interesting listens your going to come across...it's really too bad this album has slipped under the radar it's just too good to miss...if guitar music is your thing you need to check this out...highly recommended if you like stuff like old Satriani a more rock edged Vai...or just want to hear something different...listen to this.
Steve Albanese (President of the Guitar Rock Appreciation Society) (January 2016)
For an artist to make his guitar sing in so many varied ways as Frenchman Julien Lacharme does on Out Of Bounds is impressive, that the album in question is his debut is bordering on ridiculous. I can't pretend that guitar instrumental albums are for everyone but for those open minded enough to let the instrument that makes the best music take the lead in the way a singer usually would, then there's simply no denying that this is a six-stringer you need to take notice of.
The slower moments on this album reveal a touch and tone reminiscent of Satch himself and the ability to take that skill and craft it into atmospheric outbursts is ably demonstrated on the likes of "If You Want", which is utterly beautiful. However where Lacharme really comes into his own is when he opts for a different, or in fact many different approaches. "Talk With The Devil" funks with the best of them, Ben Lecomte slapping his bass into submission, while a classy brass section adds generous splashes of colour. "No One Is There" repeats the trick, brass sounds laying a foundation off which fret flurries bounce and cavort madly, the bass again galloping along impressively. Drums are handled by Seb Rambaud, his dexterous sticksmithery dazzling, while never dominating; a precise style adding to the Bluesy Jazz edge this track reveals. Elsewhere "Could You Help Me" is an electro enhanced burst of laid back beats, synthesized voices and playful, tasteful guitars, "Thank You Steve" thumps confidently, yet melodically via fluid fret work and bursts of notes that paint pictures rather than dazzle the mind. The fact that both of these songs ably demonstrate the skill of the musicians involved, without the need for speed, or flash also displays the song writing prowess involved. The closing "Silver Storm" reinforcing this ideal, even if the end results are a little more boisterous and forceful in places.
Out Of Bounds finds a guitarist unveiling his wares and doing so in a way much more mature than any debut, especially in this genre, has the right to be. "Shred" may be a dirty word these days but the very fact that new talents like Julien Lacharme are engagingly illustrating that guitar instrumental albums can be equally rewarding, if not more so, than the "how many notes a minute" brigade would have you believe, shows that the future for this genre may actually be brighter now than ever before.
Steven Reid / Sea Of Tranquility (January 2014)
Djul, the name means nothing to you, but Alpha Blondy, probably more. Julien Lacharme, his real name, is a member of the Solar System that accompanies the reggae legend but it is also the guitarist of Inuendo, of Nudje and more. The guitarist has enjoyed having some free time to do a project that will have many scratching their heads: an instrumental solo album. Knowing that the main influences of our friend are Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin or Toto, we understand better. His first love is definitely rock. Yet Djul quickly turned to other styles, showing an eclecticism that commands respect: country, gypsy jazz, folk, reggae, rock / metal - suffice to say that from such a key to everything, something more original will come than just a collection of more or less inspired songs. Because, let's be honest, instrumental guitar albums can quickly become boring.
The songs are beautiful. Without trying to copy his illustrious inspirations, Djul is a sacred whore and guitarist and this is his project from A to Z. His ultra-fast hands will quickly reassure the skeptics of his mastery level so, on that, there is not much to say. And as already mentioned, it is not enough to play killer 6-string to come up with compositions that can claim appeal to non-guitarists. On this one can also be quickly reassured. The album is a balanced mix of titles both very high quality guitar oriented and just the craziest songs. The excellent "Talk With The Devil" with its jazz / funk sound has what it takes to bring a smile to a herd of zombies. Recommended for a stroll into town or not being depressed in the subway! "No One Is There" is of a similar tone and and guitar virtuosity perfectly mingled with frenzied bass enhanced by excellent brass.
Djul has expressed his eclecticism and direction with mid-tempo-based samples and allows a wailing to his guitar more in a typical guitar-hero style before swinging into an unstoppable groove. Not locking himself into a technical style or in so sophisticated stuff he has managed to release an album of instrumental guitar which works from beginning to end for both lovers of the instrument for music lovers in general. Here is fresh and eclectic rock from a guy who is all about fun.
lagrosse radio (2013)
In 2010 we spoke highly of his pop-rock project, Nudge. Djul, aka Julien Lacharme, offers this time a solo getaway with a whole album. Ten titles that feed the variety of influences of a multifaceted musician. When we retrace the route that led to "Out of Bounds" it's a no-brainer. Between gypsy jazz, traditional folk, pop, metal, he shone through diversity training in anything he created or joined in. One may remember that he is first and foremost the guitarist of Alpha Blondy. It is therefore logical that the first track fairly well summarizes his major influences: jazz, rock and funk in an American production mode. To call it just a revival of jazz-rock from another era would be an insult. Accompanied by ex-members of the legendary JMPZ, all is entirely instrumental (with some voice echoing) the guitar solos are floods and form the backbone, but do not overlook the other instruments - like "Monster's Party" - very groovy, for example. We must also talk about his pure guitar talent on the on the title track or "Talk With the Devil", where metal takes the place of a jazz influence. One should also mention "New Life" before gathering all on "Silver Storm", closing out in a style eclectic and electric.
RICK PANDREBAT / la scene bourguignonne (2013)
The street guitarist Julien Lacharme aka Djul is varied to say the least. From the late 90s until today, Djul has numerous influences and interests in rock, country, gypsy jazz, metal, Irish rock, reggae and pop-rock with his new band Nudje . This eclecticism allowed him to finally make the leap to solo instrumental album. It is natural that the first disc is called Out Of Bounds as to assert that musical boundaries are not part of his vocabulary. No lyrics are needed to express sensitivity and, in the case of Out Of Bounds, there are guitar notes and tempos which belie language. Djul as an instrumentalist is a chatterbox who built his chorus as his words are chosen. Very close to Steve Vai in his propensity to speak his guitar ("Never Stop"), the lexicon deployed here is singing and colorful and feeds as funk ("Talk With The Devil"), jazz westcoast ("No One Is There") and folk ("New Life"). The pieces are built simply on a regular structure of instrumental rock but they never fail to embellish and their interpretation is perfectly rendered by the talented musicians who accompany Djul Lacharme. If Julien knows how to give his music a very personal touch there remains no less respectful of its glorious predecessors including Joe Satriani and Steve Vai especially for a great homage which is played at the aptly named "Steve Thank U". This piece, which seems straight out of Passion & Warfare , is a compendium of the whole substance. You can also find a kinship with the American genius in the dark "Out Of Bounds". Do not imagine that plagiarism is de rigueur in Out Of Bounds because, apart from these winks, Djul is a musician full of touch and creativity. Numerous bright incursions ("Monster's Party") are a nice find that add vibrancy and color to the more removed. Out Of Bounds is a multicolor disk that listens with pleasure. It is a happy surprise and at the same time a great discovery for an output that was not expected.
music waves (2013)
DJUL aka Julien LACHARME is a guitarist, author, composer, producer. He has played in various groups encompassing metal, pop-rock, jazz, reggae and more and finally here is "Out Of Bounds", his first and fantastic solo album! No Limits summarizes this opus well! The artist likes The Music, his eclectic journey proves it! This album brings us ten titles of various influences but very coherent. This is the strength of "Out Of Bounds", surpassing limits while remaining coherent. Imagine the sheer talent required to arrive to such a result!
Sublime one from one end to the other, a rhythmic funk here merged to a Talk box rather in the spirit of Red Hot Chili Peppers (Talk With The Devil), another metal by there (Out Of Bounds), drawing in the jazz to deliver (No One Is There), hyper (Monster's Party) or again to walk on the tracks of Joe Satriani (Silver Storm) or Steve Vai (Thank You Steve). And add to that a balled stuffed with feeling (If You Want). Fantastic one!
The mid-tempo 'Never Stop' where the Talk box relates us his history or again the most modern and very Satriani-ish 'Could You Help Me'! Again and again, this staggering album of melodies, of musical intelligences and of required creativity is not so much an opening of spirit but just to leave the sound to caress our emotions.
The influences of DJUL might be summarized as artists like Jimi Hendrix, Joe Satriani , Steve Vai, Pat Metheny, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Toto, Police and so many others. He synthesizes all that on this one fascinating and deliciously melodic album!
This success is also due to Seb Rambaud (Drums), of Ben Lecomte (Bass), Vincent Aubert (Clip), Guillaume Dutrieux (Trumpet) and Eddy Delomenie (Sax). DJUL wrote the music, played the guitars, the keyboards and did the sound effects, the programming, and recorded, mixed (superb!!!) and produced (sublime!!!) Out Of Bounds. THE album will be as early as this year end 2013 available more easily thanks to the Djul signing withGrooveyard Records!!! Good News!!!
Julien Lacharme (Djul) is no newcomer. He is a guitarist, songwriter and producer first doing damage in 1997 with Raspberry Jam, a cover band of 90s rock. He joined in the album of country singer, Kate, accompanied by JJ Milteau and JY Lozach. His career made him integrate various formations of all backgrounds: Tchoo-Tcha (gypsy jazz), Inuendo (metal rock) Loden (Irish rock), Helders Family (Reggae). Since 2007 he has toured the stages of the world with SOLAR SYSTEM and ALPHA BLONDY. This first album naturally features an eclectic range of music through jazz, rock and funk. Julien Lacharme comes to us to express his sensitivity without words but by changes in tempi and notes out of his guitar. The 10 tracks that comprise the album are respectful of his influences along with a tribute and a personal touch of creativity. His music touches on Steve Vai (Out Of Bounds & Thank You Steve), JOE SATRIANI (Silver Storm), jazz / funk syncopated sounds similar to Marcus Miller (Talk With The Devil) and big band jazz (No One Is There). The musicians accompanying Julien Lacharme are not left behind in this success, each a master of his instrument. Arrangements of mixed voices in the background, brass and talk box are carefully proportioned and provide dynamism and relief to the compositions. The album is perfectly mixed and produced with a sound that makes us quickly forget that it is a self-production. DJUL composed diversified and eclectic titles that are not intended for virtuoso playing without soul but that can appeal to non-musicians. "Out Of Bounds" is a varied disc, filled with vibe. This album of instrumental rock is nice from first to last as it is suitable for any music fan.
Satch and Vai move over -- there's a new kid in town! Aptly aided by the intense rhythm section of Ben Lecomte and Seb Rambaud, Julien Lacharme slices through a number of original tunes with all the speed and deftness of a guitar demon from hell. And yet his sounds border on the angelic as well. Equal parts jazz and funk -- with an emphasis on sophisticated instrumental rock -- Lacharme shows good taste and experience as this axemaster offers up a highly passionate dish of six-string wonder. His music has to be heard to be believed -- he takes the great guitar masters of the past and adds his own virtuosic addendum to their already unsurpassable melodies. Indeed, the Julien Lacharme Project is here to stay. Dive deep and become submerged.
Steve Rosen - Author (December 2013)
“Julien who?”, “How do I pronounce that last name?” – To those questions I answer a resounding, “Who cares!?” This is about music here people, instrumental guitar music, where how you pronounce your musical vocabulary using 6 or more strings is more important than your given name. This brings me to the offering from the Julien Lacharme Project, "Out of Bounds". From the opening King’s X-influenced minor riffage of “Out of Bounds” through the closer of this 10 track offering, “Silver Storm,” buckle up for a unique ride of instrumental guitar music that not only exudes skill, but an overall class, maturity, and diversity. In terms of diversity just check out the transition from track 1 into track 2, with its heavy use of wah and flashes of horn accompaniment – don’t worry my fellow phrasefiddlers, it works and the guitar, as it does throughout this offering, takes the center stage. Other highlights (and there are many) include the jazz-influenced runs of “No One Is There” and riff-driven power of “Thank You Steve” (an ode Steve Vai-esque me thinks!), once again showcasing the diversity of Mr. Lacharme’s guitar prowness and voice; you have to have some balls to compose a tribute to a legend and Lacharme pulls it off in fine fashion. “Never Stop” is another of my favs - a trippy jam with some piano accents and pretty guitar tones that lean into progressive rock territory.
In an age of an underappreciated dying art, instrumental guitar-centered music thankfully survives. Unfortunately, the genre is clustered with a plethora of less than average players who put out a half-assed product that not only lacks production value, but songwriting and true feel. So you like instrumental guitar, but stick to the latest from Vai or Satch because of being burned too many times on other lesser known artists and their poor product. Well then there is a lot of great music you will be missing. Finding "Out of Bounds" is like finding that needle in a haystack, a disc that I do not hesitate to say is keeping the true instrumental guitar music flame burning stronger than the latest offerings from the aforemented legends of the genre. Lacharme still has that passion, that fire, for this genre of music, which is even sorely lacking in even some of the best of this genre.
Steve Bauer (The Academy of Shred - March 2016)
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