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16AM (Iris mix)3:26
2Lily Pad (with Izella)4:20
3Low Western 8:42
4Dog Days 3:58
5Meetings and Partings 7:43
6Meshing 3:49
7Syntropy (with J)4:26
8Yves Body Painting 3:41

JJ - John Jones (AV Moves, Geo Rip, among others) and JS – Jesse Sappell (of Motion Ward) debut on Daisart.

What is this? This delight of flicker and bent landing so delicately upon the ear? It’s «peeled«, JJ+JS’ first outing on Daisart. It’s their second album, following their 2020 debut release as a duo, »1«, which saw JJ – John Jones (AV Moves, Geo Rip, among others) – and JS – Jesse Sappell (of Motion Ward) – flex their collaborative energies across an album of deep, textured meanderings in rhythm and sound on the perennial Lillerne Tapes. »peeled« sees the two pick up where they left off and veer into a ~ place ~ of sound, of sorts.

This place is likely familiar to those following the duo's output and goings-on, as one together and as themselves apart, but with a tweak to the framing of projects past, naturally. Where we find ourselves with “peeled” is reflective of the two’s interest in jamming without a specific destination in mind, a distillation of the two’s interests in a range of sounds and styles.

And though there is some arcane resemblance to all manner of ethereal music of the past, on this vaporous dream of a record, the haze shimmers somehow; the shake’s shudder is dissimilar.

There’s a pair of key interventions on this collection: one a wistful vocal guesting from Izella on the not-quite-folk mood ‘Lily Pad’, the other on ‘Syntropy’, where Daisart’s J pitches layers of texture and chord in polyrhythmic impression. Both bring something refined to the table on which JJ+JS work air into mirage, color into scene, folding the mundane into the magical.

For those of you versed in the catalogs of picnic, Motion Ward, West Mineral, and Experiences Ltd, a wander akin awaits on “peeled” – but this is not a much of a muchness likeness; more so a refreshing, important addition to the expanding catalog these two artists are crafting.

– Nico Callaghan