Right off the back of releasing a new album for free online, Nicolas Jaar throws out to more numbers, this time pressed up to 12”. Jaar builds tracks with a crazily subtle attention to detail, as apparent on the micro-churn that begins the release. After that, things shuffle over to the dancefloor. Nymphs III is great stuff, out on Other People.
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- Nymphs III by Nicolas Jaar
9/10 Laurie Staff review, 09 July 2015
They’re listening to some lo-fi oldies swing ballads in the other room and this sounds exactly like that when accidentally played at 33. Ian made the exact same mistake half an hour ago, us Normaners never learn, except when it comes to how effing great Jaar has become - approval of his spontaneous and free new album was near unanimous. His command of electronic sound has reached its peak.
Beginning with ‘Swim’, it’s clear that the jaunty touches like the pianos of ‘Encore’ are history, this release being obviously closer to Pomegranates, but with slightly less wild experimentation. ‘Swim’ is an ethereal, slow house hymn that oozes beauty. Robin said “this makes me want to flip a sandwich”, and over goes my lunch.
Oh ok Nico, we’re at 33 now? Jeez. Can’t keep up. The B introduces you to some more downcast melodies, almost Floating Points -y, but with a more energetic beat that’ll probably see some sort of club action, as well as post-club snuggle. There’s some real attention to detail across the release, with layers of interwoven field recordings and tiny snippets of mangled sounds at all loudness levels; the press release says that these took 4 years to make so it’s expected, if that’s anything to go by. You’re onto something here matey.
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