Thursday, February 2, 2012

Nicolas Jaar - Materials

For those of you haven't already hear of Nicolas Jaar, he is a Chilean-American 21-year-old NYC native who makes electronic music that blends minimal techno, early-IDM, classical, and musique concrete with large traces of Ricardo Villalobos and Erik Satie. He also runs Clown and Sunset, a record label whose international roster of artists includes his Darkside project (with Dave Harrington), Russo-Afghan film composer Nikita Quasim, Ethiopian-born electronic musician and painter Soul Keita living in Paris, among others (all information about the Clown and Sunset roster can be found on their website.  His critically-acclaimed full-length debut, Space is the Only Noise, is a gorgeous album whose songs stay true to a cohesive narrative structure that combines his blend of electronic music with his own vocals gracing many of the tracks.

The video for 'Materials' presents a stunning visual accompaniment that succeeds in its surrealism and loose, but fitting narrative.  Directed by Pondr.

His newly formed "interdisciplinary culture house" Clown and Sunset Aesthetics will perform this Sunday, February 5th from 12PM to 6PM in the Geodesic dome at MoMA PS1.  The event is free with admission to PS1.  
"From Scratch" will premiere a new five-hour, multidisciplinary performance from Jaar, with musical collaborators Will Epstein, Dave Harrington (Jaar's partner in Darkside), and Sasha Spielberg. It will include a movement piece by Lizzie Feidelson, and sound-derived video art from CSA's filmmaker-in-residence, Ryan Staake of Pomp & Clout. (via Pitchfork)
Check out the first cut off of his Darkside EP below:

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