It takes a lot of work to be deemed “The Godfather” of anything. For Jean-Michel Jarre, he deserves his title of the “Godfather of Electronic Music,’” as he’s earned it with more 50 years of innovation. Jarre was a thought-leader in the industry at its beginnings, and on Sept. 14, the French artist will celebrate half a century of music making with the release of a retrospective compilation album, entitled Planet Jarre. The release will consist of four parts, Soundscapes, Themes, Sequences, Explorations, and Early Works, along with original music, another track of which he has released this week.
Titled “Herbalizer,” the track is one piece of the Jean-Michel Jarre puzzle — a track that is characteristically lush and cinematic. Written specifically for live performances, “Herbalizer” wasn’t necessarily meant to ever be released on an album.
“It’s a very strange title but it fits in some personal way a track I can see for stage,” Jarre said in a recent press release. “I had no idea to integrate this track in an album but I thought I could fit it in this ‘Sequence’ part of Planet Jarre,” but in the end, it was right. Jarre added, “I’m quite glad this piece of music I can see for stage will be in a studio version,” alongside one of the album’s other unreleased tracks,”Opening Coachella.”