Jauz, known for his hard-hitting basslines and tangled weaves of differing genres, has created a 23 track concept album: The Wise and the Wicked.
It’s no secret that creating an album is hard work; artists have to think about what story or what energetic vibe they want to pass on to their audience, and when it comes to electronic dance music, many albums and songs tell complex stories brimming with emotions drawn from real life experiences.
What is the concept of this album and why is it different?
The Wise and the Wicked starts with a prologue that sets the listeners up for a journey through four chapters. The story of this album centers around a futuristic dystopian society where two caste systems have been created; one for the rich and one for the poor. The wealthy have become the minority in this society with the poorest taking over majority control.
Due to this caste division, two separate societies have formed in response; The Wise who use intelligence, technology, and uplifting music to save the world. And The Wicked, a group of people who seek to dismantle society with their angry, energetic music with primal undertones.
Each chapter of this album represents a part of the story this album is trying to convey. It’s not simply a collection of tracks without meaning, it’s an album with a purpose. Jauz went into this with a story, a concept in mind, and set out (with the help of many notable collaborators like DJ Snake, Snails, and Adventure Club) to create a unique, immersive experience.
The result: an album that doesn’t just give people music to listen to. Rather, The Wise and the Wicked is an album of self-expression beyond music; it’s a visual story that people can hear and feel in a way that they haven’t been able to before.
Jauz has truly made an album ahead of its time, and rest assured that years from now people will listen to it and still get goosebumps. He’s created a new standard of album making that artists to come will attempt to re-create but never quite get to the same level. This is a career-high for Jauz, some could even argue he’s in top form with this album.
But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to the full album below.