Against All Logic is an alias used by electronic composer Nicolas Jaar. Illusions Of Shameless Abundance/ Alucinao is a two track 12”. Side one features New York no wave artist Lydia Lunch whilst the flip features FKA Twigs and Estado Unido. Released through Jaar’s own Other People imprint.
Vinyl 12" £13.99 OP057
12" EP on Other People.
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I can take or leave most of Nicolas Jaar’s work, but this I love. Both ‘Illusions Of Shameless Abundance’ and its sister-LP ‘2017-2019’ find Jaar taking an aesthetic hard-left under the name of Against All Logic, doing away with the feathery productions of his previous output and breaking down the door for some brutalised, caustic industrial electronics.
The common thread from old- to nu-Jaar is rhythm, but even in this lane he is far more daring than he has been previously. Rather than deconstructing club sonics, Jaar bends and warps them on the title-track here. I love how he lets a loping, lurching loop, one accompanied only by these weird iron-wool crinkling sounds, run for fully two minutes at the beginning of ‘Illusions Of Shameless Abundance’ - it’s like Fever Ray, but even more messed up. The way in which guest vocalist Lydia Lunch is subsumed into the machine here is similar to what happened on ‘If You Can’t Do It Good Do It Hard’, her feature on ‘2017-2019’, but the beats in this tune feel even more grinding, more inhumanly unstoppable. It’s such a pleasingly unyielding track.
B-side ‘Alucinao’, which features Estado Unido and FKA Twigs, is even more staggering. Like a less artsy (and thus more artful) version of Arca, the track grooves in weird and robotik ways. The manner in which this thing develops reminds me of ‘Katamari Damarcy’, a video game in which you control a rolling ball that goes around the world, gathering junk and growing ever-bigger and generally spreading anarchy. Come the four-minute mark, ‘Alucinao’ has collected so much ephemera - sheet-metal beats, completely dehumanised vocals - that it’s morphed into a sort of blurting, warped roller that pushes out beyond the Fade To Mind sound. From here it turns its beats inside out, becoming by turns a twilight zone club-soul jam and an ominous, ja(a)rring, militaristic stomp. It’s a masterpiece.
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