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Nicolas Jaar

Space Is Only Noise - 10th Anniversary Edition

    It has been 10 years since Nicolas Jaar released his celebrated debut album, Space Is Only Noise here on Circus Company. With countless accolades, forays, and dips into other waters both preceding its arrival one decade ago and since with many musical ventures this LP still stands as not only a unique and verified-classic release in the artist’s own expansive catalog as well as ours, but also amongst the general pantheon of electronic music of the 21st Century on the whole.

    What better way to celebrate this milestone than with an immaculate must-have re-release package, with the music now spread out over double discs and cut at 45rpm on crystal clear vinyl to let the glacial top-end soar as originally intended, and the air of the general proceedings expand, once again, into the ears and consciousness of electronic music lovers the world over. Along with this technical upgrade recut, the distinct artwork has also received a facelift fit for the occasion, and will now be found adorning a full gatefold cover, inked lovingly in reverse on inside-out heavyweight paper including printed inner sleeves for a total collector’s gem front-to-back.

    While Nicolas Jaar’s own recent online musings of the origin of the album title and lead track has us imagining playful plexiglass-letterings and a fresh sense of abstract calm before soon-to-be career storms, the music itself feels to have not aged a day past its prime of creation. From the unanimous crowdpleaser “Colomb” to “Keep Me There” indeed doing just that, with Jaar keeping us right where he left us last go-round, to the luminous titular track “Space Is Only Noise If You Can See" and omni-prophesy of “Specters Of The Future” - please join us in a warm welcoming return to this universally acclaimed classic LP, which garnered coveted spots in both RA’s Album Of The Year and Pitchfork’s Top 20 in 2011, now in its unmissable pristine new vinyl form, sounding as fresh as ever, a solid 10 years later.

    TRACK LISTING

    A1. Être
    A2. Colomb
    A3. Sunflower
    B1. Too Many Kids Finding Rain In The Dust
    B2. Keep Me There
    B3. Problem With The Sun
    C1. Space Is Only Noise If You Can See
    C2. Almost Fell
    C3. Balance Her In Between Your Eyes
    D1. Specters Of The Future
    D2. Trace
    D3. Variations
    D4. ^tre

    Nicolas Jaar

    Cenizas

      Even from his earliest edits and deep but different club tracks on Wolf + Lamb, it was clear that Nicolás Jaar was a special talent, and once he'd arrived at his Essential Mix in 2012, he'd more or less mastered dance music. Since then, he's turned his attention to noise experiments, film scores, politico-punk and some inspired production work for other artists, most notably FKA Twigs second LP 'Magdalena'. 

      Written and produced between 2017-2019, 'Cenizas' sees Jaar in introspective mode, leading us through deep waters and seductive darkness for a little under an hour. Almost entirely fluid, the thirteen tracks bleed from one to the next, occasional snatches of latin rhythm, sleek clarinet or jazzy keys disrupting the moody electronics and crepuscular vibrations. At times beautiful and beatless, incorporating elements of drone, modern classical, latin, jazz and electronica, this LP flows like a film score and captures the otherworldly atmosphere of his aformentioned Essential Mix perfectly. There's no one out there who sounds like him, and few who operate at his level. 

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Vanish
      A2. Menysid
      A3. Cenizas
      A4. Agosto
      B1. Gocce
      B2. Mud
      B3. Vacíar
      C1. Sunder
      C2. Hello, Chain
      C3. Rubble
      D1. Garden
      D2. Xerox
      D3. Faith Made Of Silk

      "Pomegranates" is the new album by Nicolas Jaar The sleeve is designed by David Rudnick, with labels by Stéphane Jourdan and a new insert created by Jaar collaborator and friend Maziyar Pahlevan.

      Longer and slower-releasing than his other albums, "Pomegranates" often parallels the cinematic epic on which it’s based ('Նռան գույնը'), with ideas pursued over long timelines and across dark landscapes, assembling elements and moods from the aesthetic and folkloric landscapes of Armenia. Jaar’s identity is perceived within this, folding in his heritage as Palestinian and Chilean as he attempts to build a musical architecture outwards that frames as much of the mess and sprawl of life as possible; using a language that investigates the movement and fluctuation of his own artistic career and character similarly to the film’s tracing of the coming of age of the young poet, Sayat-Nova.

      At times, "Pomegranates" feels profoundly intimate, as though looking through the archive of a friend’s music and discovering the accent and common currency that lives within each of these tracks. Much of Jaar’s most elegant and touching melodic work is nestled here, its power residing in its simplicity and willingness to speak to the heart and not the mind of the listener.

      In the text document included in the first freely distributed version of the album in 2015, Jaar writes that the album was conceived during a moment of change, and that the pomegranate became an icon that heralded that passage of time. The physical publication of P"omegranates" closes one door whilst opening another, keeping promises and marking a significant point in the career of an artist who restlessly reinvents himself, with a document that illustrates a common language of lyricism, freedom, and emotional resonance that links his many paths and projects.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: The musical sensibilities this man displays is bar to none. Every cut is beautiful and full of substance. Absolute classic and on vinyl for your full enjoyment. You need this!

      TRACK LISTING

      01. Garden Of Eden
      02. Construction
      03. Pass The Time
      04. Survival
      05. The Fool And His Harem
      06. Being And Nothingness
      07. Near Death
      08. Beasts Of This Earth
      09. Fall Into Time
      10. Folie À Deux
      11. Screams At The Edge Of Dawn
      12. Divorce
      13. Three Windows
      14. Touristas
      15. Shame
      16. Tower Of Sin
      17. Kapital
      18. Volver
      19. Spirit
      20. Muse

      Five years on from 2001's "Space Is Only Noise", prolific, precocious and boundary pushing producer Nicolas Jaar returns with his second full-length LP, the expansive, experimental and uncompromising "Sirens". If you've followed his career thus far, you'll be well aware that Mr Jaar is an eclectic kind of chap. Equally adept at stripped back club bangers, minimalist electronics, intimate torch songs and droning avant garde compositions, Jaar has been carving out his own niche from day one. Over the course of past eight years, Jaar has gradually honed his sound, borrowing samples, phrases and rhythms from jazz, blues, soul, folk and latin traditions, before manipulating them beyond all recognition as he applies his unique production aesthetic. Dreamy, deep and experimental, Jaar's records sound like nothing else. "Sirens" finds the producer pushing all the way through to the other side, fusing precise electronics, full spectrum frequencies and a full gamut of styles into a thematically assured, sonically adventurous game changer. Smashing glass punctuates buzzing feedback, prepared piano rings out while cumbia rhythms elicit a subtle sway. "The Governor" and "Three Sides Of Nazareth" pogo away with a no wave snarl while "History Lesson" is a hallucinogenic detour into doo wop. Despite its stylistic indeterminacy, "Sirens" maintains a thematic and sonic narrative which leads us from start to finish. Near on indescribable, but entirely excellent, this breathtaking example of adventurous composition and scientific sound design stands alone in the world of modern electronica.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      says: Challenging, unique and sonically breathtaking, Nicolas Jaar's return to the long format is every bit as good as I hoped. Indescribable and mindblowing.

      TRACK LISTING

      LP.
      Mirrors
      Killing Time (LP Version)
      Sirens
      Wildflowers
      The Governor (LP Version)
      Leaves (LP Version)
      No (LP Version)
      Three Sides Of Nazareth (LP Version)
      History Lesson (LP Version)

      CD.

      Killing Time
      The Governor
      Leaves
      No
      Three Sides Of Nazareth
      History Lesson


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