Jaga Jazzist - Pyramid

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Pyramid is the seventh studio album by Norwegian experimental jazz band Jaga Jazzist, released in August 2020 via Brainfeeder.

Jaga Jazzist is a Norwegian experimental jazz band, that rose to prominence when the BBC named their second album, A Livingroom Hush, the best jazz album of 2002.

Jaga Jazzist return with their new album Pyramid, where the legendary Norwegian eight-piece takes a deep dive into post-rock, jazz and psychedelia influences. It’s their first album since 2015’s Starfire, their ninth album (studio and live albums) in a career now spanning four decades, but it marks the group’s debut on Brainfeeder, the LA-based imprint curated by Flying Lotus.

On Pyramid, Jaga Jazzist have crafted a suitably cosmic sound to match their new label home, all the while nodding to forebears spanning from 80s jazz band Out To Lunch and Norwegian synth guru Ståle Storløkken, to contemporaries Tame Impala, Todd Terje and Jon Hopkins.

Each of the album’s four longform entries evolves over carefully plotted movements, the tracks’ technicolour threads dreamily unspooling.

The band, led by Lars Horntveth and his compositions, took a direct approach to the creation of “Pyramid”. Whereas “Starfire” saw them take the idea of a traditional studio record to extremity, with different members dipping in and out of the booth to write, record and experiment over two years, the process behind “Pyramid” was almost the polar opposite: it took just two weeks. Both records were driven by the same curious, experimental spirit, but the processes were very different.

Retreating to a secluded woodland studio in neighbouring Sweden, they bunkered into the studio for 12 hour days. “The most important thing is that we didn’t want to over-analyze every musical idea” says co-founder and drummer Martin Horntveth. “We wanted to follow the first and original idea and keep the freshness.” For a band which has never settled on any one sound or style, the continuity lies in their constant willingness to evolve, experiment and improvise.

Pyramid” is Jaga Jazzist’s first self-produced album (most of their records being produced by close collaborator Jørgen Træen) and it meant a change in the way they operate. On the one hand, there were lots of different voices jostling to be heard. On the other, they didn’t have an independent figure to make a call on whether something was a good idea. “It was hard but felt natural to do ourselves, as five of us are producers and make records for a living,” Martin says. The result is an album that feels more collaborative than ever.

Whilst they wouldn’t describe “Pyramid” as a concept album, the band see the track titles as a conceptual starting point from which the listener can construct whatever story flows out of the songs. The album title refers to the building blocks which make up a pyramid, and how each of the four tracks – and their constituent parts – fit together. “Tomita” is a nod to Japanese composer and synth player Isao Tomita, and “The Shrine” alludes to Fela Kuti’s legendary Lagos venue. Lars says: “I felt that this album is a small symphony, each part containing its own rooms to explore.”

This album is a limited edition on crystal clear coloured vinyl housed in a die-cut outer sleeve with a printed inner sleeve, silver holographic foldable pyramid insert and download code, pressed in Europe via Brainfeeder.

Information about Pyramid has been extracted from the band’s Bandcamp page.

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Tracklisting:

 

No.

Track

Time

A1

Tomita

13:46

A2

Spiral Era

8:08

B1

The Shrine

9:06

B2

Apex

8:08

SKU 5054429140408
Record Label Brainfeeder
Label / Model # Independent
Catalogue Number BF099
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 07 August 2020
Original Release Date (Year) 07 August 2020
Barcode # 5054429140408
Shipping Weight 0.3200kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000986000m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Crystal Clear Coloured Vinyl, Die-Cut Outer Sleeve, Printed Inner Sleeve, Silver Holographic Foldable Pyramid Insert, Download Code
Vinyl Colour Clear
Genre Jazz
Format VINYL LP

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