Jesu – Jesu (2004)

On Jesu’s debut we are faced with 8 monumental tracks of shoegazy goodness. Granted, this self-titled record is not as astral as records that would quickly follow, but Jesu instead relies on the intense weight and pressure of the riffs, coupled with the dark, drab and dare I say somewhat depressing nature of the songs themselves.

On Jesu it seems that all hope is gone, and the morose synths gilding the tracks accentuates this feel. However, it uses this dense emotional battlefield as a canvas in order to begin repairs; to begin building from the ground up, allowing a new, prosperous and better future to come from such sorrow and heartache. Essential stuff.