Nicolas Jaar
Cenizas
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2020
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Tracklist
1JAAR, Nicolas – Vanish
2JAAR, Nicolas – Menysid
3JAAR, Nicolas – Cenizas
4JAAR, Nicolas – Agosto
5JAAR, Nicolas – Gocce
6JAAR, Nicolas – Mud
7JAAR, Nicolas – Vaciar
8JAAR, Nicolas – Sunder
9JAAR, Nicolas – Hello, Chain
10JAAR, Nicolas – Rubble
11JAAR, Nicolas – Garden
12JAAR, Nicolas – Xerox
13JAAR, Nicolas – Faith Made Of Silk

In times like these, the world needs a Nicolas Jaar. His ability to morph sounds into something that is both calming and thought provoking is remarkable. It bridges esoteric melodies and experimental productions in a way that isn’t obnoxious or devoted to the chin-scratchers, but can be understood by most.

The album opens with the pensive and soft “Vanish” that would feel at peace being played in a large, gothic cathedral. The album trajectory bends a little with crinkling sound that become static over grating percussion and whirling pads on “Menysid.” His gentle heavily reverbed vocals on the title track deliver the same sort of wrought emotion on the opener. The album is also quite experimental at times like the quirky “Agosto” and the following track “Gocce,” which leans into the neo-classical elements of the album.

While this album feels desolate and slightly depressing, there are moments of levity and brightness. “Hello Chain” one of the most uplifting of the bunch. Soft hypnotic piano arrangement “Garden” bring us to a place in a sunny and unseen garden (stay inside now though) before it lifts even more on the buoyant “Xerox" and eventually finishes at its frenetic best on “Faith Made Of Silk.”

The album was made, ironically, during a period of quarantine for Jaar. He was lost in the darkness found in Against All Logic and wanted to find a way out through this album.

(Magnetic Magazine)