Review: A warm welcome back to Jaga Jazzist, who finally return with a fresh album (this time on Flying Lotus's Brainfeeder imprint) after five long years away. As usual, the instrumental sounds offered-up by the long-serving Norwegian nine-piece are thrillingly hard to pigeonhole, blending the fuzziness of post-rock and the hallucinatory visions of psychedelic rock with elements of jazz and a myriad of influences from around the world. Check for example epic opener "Tomita", where warming spiritual jazz horns, Pat Metheny style vocalizations and glistening guitar motifs rise above a constantly changing space-rock groove, or the undulating, unfurling beauty of "Spiral Era", whose inherent dreaminess and musical intricacy is almost breath-taking.
Review: Legendary Norwegian eight-piece Jaga Jazzist are back with a new album that takes a plunge into myriad musical worlds. Post-rock, jazz and psychedelia influences all abound across the four lengthy pieces that make up the Brainfeeder released LP. It was recorded in just two weeks of focussed sessions with plenty of impromptu jams and never too much over-analysis, but plenty of experimentation. It is the band's first self-produced album and overflows with musical stories form the off with synth heavy pieces and afro tinged drum rhythms. Bandleader Lars says: "I felt that this album is a small symphony, each part containing its own rooms to explore."