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|4. Too Many Kids Finding Rain in the Dust|
|5. Keep Me There|
|6. Problems With the Sun|
|7. Space Is Only Noise If You Can See|
|8. Almost Fell|
|9. Balance Her in Between Your Eyes|
|10. Specters of the Future|
1 x Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue
|A4||Too Many Kids Finding Rain In The Dust|
|A5||Keep Me There|
|A6||Problems With The Sun|
|A7||Space Is Only Noise If You Can See|
|B2||Balance Her In Between Your Eyes|
|B3||Specters Of The Future|
Jaar's much-anticipated debut album is a further exploration of that world that seems, initially, like a departure. For a producer operating under the dance rubric, Jaar often seemed to approach the actual dancefloor from tangential, almost accidental directions – and Space Is Only Noise tilts the balance further towards music for the head rather than feet. It's unafraid to take its time, to wend slowly and sparsely towards its pay-offs via tantalisingly lightly sketched musical ideas. For long stretches of time, Jaar reduces the beat to insectile clicks and whirrs, almost casually throwing in piano motifs or filament-thin guitars, but it's an extraordinarily submersive experience – an effect magnified by the rippling wave samples that recur across this fluid, often elusive album. Tracks have a habit of ending up in totally different places to their starting point – the squalls of sax that break into Keep Me There, for instance, or the way Too Many Kids Finding Rain in the Dust starts out as a Lynchian take on the blues and ends up in twanging spaghetti western guitars via keening cellos. Throughout, Jaar ringing the changes with almost imperceptible subtlety.
While his music can often seem like a cocoon, such is its own self-sufficiency, it's one that's humanised by samples of background chatter, children laughing and snatches of spoken word like fragments of half-heard film scenes. Jaar's own surprisingly deep voice, too, adds both emotion and gravitas - a bluesy croon that's both seductive and sad.
Space Is Only Noise is a less immediate starting point than Jaar's singles: little here has the focus of El Bandido, Wouh or A Time For Us – or the full-sounding lushness he has brought to his remixes of Kasper Bjørke's Heaven, The Bees' Winter Rose and Ellen Allien's Flashy Flashy. Instead, it is unnervingly delicate, endlessly distracting and ultimately addictively tactile as it sneaks under your skin.
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I got into Nicolas Jaar after hearing his mixes on YouTube. For me, the album doesn't work as well. Less cohesive and at points felt more like a soundscape album. Read morePublished 1 day ago by N. M. Croucher
Yes Nicolas Jaar at his best as always. I'm enjoying his music very much. And this album is great. Thank youPublished 2 months ago by Rinalds
Possibly one of the best electronic albums I've listened too, if you haven't listened yet; Sit in a dark room with just this in your ears, you will have an experience. Read morePublished 7 months ago by joseph
my jaar has made some interesting music in the past but this cd is not great. he is a good looking young guy and seems to have the press on his side, so has become a trendy name to... Read morePublished on 29 Aug. 2011 by roger barlow