Jean Ray is the sound project of pluridisciplinary artist Romain Arnette, based in Paris and initially formed in London in 2009.
Experimentation is at the heart of his creative process. He uses different instruments such as guitar, harmonica, percussions, also fields recordings to create a bank of textures and sounds that he transforms and manipulates. The superposition of these fragments combined with electronic sound sources and some software such as pool creates minimalist compositions, an enveloping sound mass where repetitive structures meet sometimes abstract rhythms.
“Le Refuge” album was composed at the end of a two-years stay in Canada, from 2017 to 2019. This album is marked by several isolation experiments in various natural environments, during his crossing of Canada from east to the west by the road.
It also reflects the gradual slowing down of time that allowed him to observe more precisely the environment in which he has evolved, and brought him to moments of deeper introspections.
All tracks recorded and mixed by Jean Ray.
Mastering by Jan Wysozky.