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8/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 2nd August 2015
“Space Is Only Noise” is a great philosophical title for an album of ambient music. Nicolas Jaar is a producer and remixer of some repute. “Space Is Only Noise” is his only full length album to date but he has a bunch of singles and EPs to his name.
It seems that the intention here is for each track to become fuller as the album goes on and then retreat into its own ambience again. The space between the disparate piano chords of opener “Etre 1” are filled in with beats, handclaps and other noises by the time we get to “Keep Me There”. In between that, “Colomb” has a fuller sound than the opener, but is still quiet and understated and “Too Many Kids Finding Rain In The Dust” introduces vocals.
“Space Is Only Noise If You Can See”, a title that adds more confusing and twisted philosophy to the album title is almost full-on electro-pop but is kept understated so the mood of the album remains stable. The album returns to its initial ambient and spacious state with “Almost Fell” which plinks and plonks gently with some additional discordant, yet soft sounds. “Balance Her In Between Your Eyes” is a slow track with an ethereal vocal – in the vein of Massive Attack whilst not sounding like them. “Specters Of The Future” is more angular with its choppy beats, although its pace is little more than mid-tempo. “Variations” offers the thumpiest thump of the album but does keep in sync with its mood. “^tre” closes the album in a similar fashion as “Etre 1” opened it. It’s a nice, gentle ride.
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