Archive for June 19th, 2010

Sleeve Notes: Oxygène

19 June 2010

Jean Michel Jarre’s 1976 album was one of the seeds of electronica, and it was inspired by a painting by artist Michel Granger. Oxygène‘s retro-futuristic swirl of keyboards and electronic effects has been used by the likes of Jackie Chan, Carl Sagan and Grand Theft Auto. Granger’s painting/cover art sets the mood and lends Jarre’s music the dark undercurrent of the soundtrack to a documentary about future civilizations uncovering the havoc of humankind. And personally, this cover makes me wonder what exactly we’re drilling into when we go 20,000 leagues under the sea in search of oil…

[Special thanks to KB for passing this album my way…]