after plummeting into our consciousness some time last year (earlier if you were on the ball), nicolas jaar hasn't been far from our attentions since. for a wunderkind of 21 who is still studying, he has had a meteoric rise to popularity.. and deservedly so.
he has impressed us with a slew of deep, intricate remixes and singles, but it is his debut album 'space is only noise' that might be the most exciting. indeed, pitchfork and residentadvisor agree - both doling out high scores in their reviews.
Nicolas Jaar - Space Is Only Noise If You Can See
i hate to harp over the fact that he is a young guy, but after thinking back to what my music tastes were when i was 21, i'm pretty shocked at the intelligence and craft that has gone into this release. i kept expecting some brash 4/4 beats and a funky bassline to show up but they really didnt. no.. this is a well considered, introspective album worthy of many listens.
i have seen similar abstract and strange sounds on albums in the past, but rarely have i heard them as welcoming and warm as on 'space is only noise'.
the rhythmic, melodious foundation and kooky vocal loops & samples throughout really couple with his sometimes jazzy, sometimes loungey minimal sound to create a really warm inviting vibe.
Nicolas Jaar - Keep Me There
i really, strongly recommend this album. like me, you might have been expecting an album of subtle d-floor burners, but what jaar has delivered is a much richer, full-bodied experience. grab it here.