Other hobbyists gravitate to woodworking, marijuana cultivation, gemology, and urban gardening, but Nicolas Jaar’s pastimes tend to be more fruitful. Hence, when he got bored in 2013, he and Dave Harrington re-worked the entire Daft Punk album for the funk of it. His most recent contribution to the numinous is an unofficial soundtrack to the […]
Still waiting on Nicolas Jaar to produce for a rapper. When I interviewed him last year, we spoke about his love of hip-hop, dreams of producing it, and his “Lean Back” remix. If Fat Joe is looking for a final carpetbagging, it starts here. Instead, we get Visuals’ “A Pixel,” which tends to have a […]
In the wake of Chile’s crushing World Cup defeat, Nicolas Jaar “had to ‘post’ this.” For as they say he is a real one, who refuses to shy away from bad puns or soul gospel edits.
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Tales from the Darkside April 22, 2014
I caught Darkside last week at Coachella and it made me feel like a ancient Bedouin watching a comet streak past. Some freakish slip n’ slide of divinity. That sounds overwrought in daylight or via LED screen, but there’s something futile in searching for the proper vocabulary or a scientific debunking. Sometimes delusion is preferable. […]
Max Bell choo-choo-chooses you. Not every Nicolas Jaar release is deeply, inexplicably resonant, but all are distinctive, wholly and uncompromisingly his own. He doesn’t crib from contemporaries, though I’m sure he’d rework a Zaytoven beat better than Jay Electronica jocked the Migos flow. Compare his solo work to any Darkside track. Even with Dave Harrington’s psychedelic […]
Alex Koenig set the controls for the heart of the sun. Like a vintage, blurry black-and-white Polaroid picture you discover in your cobwebbed attic, the enigmatic songcraft of Nicolas Jaar conjures a thousand words, memories, and inflections. Pitchfork’s Mike Powell qualified it as “Purring, spectral music with shades of R&B and an exquisite attention to […]
Nicolas Jaar in full trip-hopping “Too Many Kids Finding Rain in the Dust” mode. Dave Harrington with the bluesy psychedelia. The Darkside duo do not release anything less than excellent songs and manage to invalidate all ideas about bluesy guitar riffs and a Pink Floyd influence being a deal breaker. It’s not the ideas themselves […]
Darkside of the Muse August 26, 2013
When I interviewed Nicolas Jaar, he professed an unapologetic love of Pink Floyd and psychedelic music. In retrospect, it should seem unsurprising. You can hear the woozy patience of Meddle in the moody builds and abstruse sounds he incorporates into his songs. He also named his project with Tim Harrington after the British stoners’ most […]
Jonah Bromwich is a jaarhead. An awkward metaphor for you: Random Access Memories is like a chair made out of oak, crafted by those with knowledge of the ancient and highly esoteric craft of chair-making. It’s a solid, dependable album and it’s about as exciting as a well-made place to park it. Spoiler alert, Thomas […]
Nicolas Jaar: God’s son. These sets are becoming the stuff of legend. The fanbase of Jaarheads is becoming a legion. Shouts to the esteemed Gorilla for the heads up.