For the 2013 edition of Record Store Day, Nicolas Jaar took to remixing both Grizzly Bear’s “Sleeping Ute” and Brian Eno’s “Lux,” which appeared on an exclusive RSD 12”. Of course, the vinyl sold out instantly.
In usual fashion, Jaar takes his time in letting his work unfold, keeping your attention with a stream of sparse atmospheric noise. Perhaps in respect for the original, he allows “Lux” to remain ambient throughout while his rework of “Sleeping Ute” gradually evolves into a clean, guitar-driven beat reminiscent of Darkside, Jaar’s collaborative project with Dave Harrington.
Following the theatre of thanksgiving, Theatre Roosevelt.
Nicolas Jaar treats us to a Thanksgiving special- a house-driven piece that rests heavy on one of his signature cheeky grooves.
It’s been a moment since we’ve heard from the Clown & Sunset boss- we would anticipate that he’s rather consumed with his forthcoming LPs. A full-length record by his Krautrock-leaning side project Darkside is due out early 2013 as well as his solo record, composed of “esoteric, atmospheric, sad, diabolic 14th-century baroque church music.” Oh, and if you missed the note, the virtual edition of Don’t Break My Love (the compilation formally exclusive to C&S’s Prism) has surfaced. Purchase here.
Six months ago, Clown & Sunset unshackled the first recordings of this collaborative entity. Today they released this video, directed by Clown & Sunset’s associate and “in-house filmmaker”, Ryan Staake. The immersive qualities of the EP are far from lost as we follow these shrouded figures through a synchronic visual interpretation of the modern classic A1.
“DARKSIDE began when a converter plug exploded in Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington’s Berlin hotel room during their summer tour. When the smoke cleared, their white Genelec speakers were fried. But rather than retiring for the night, they plugged into a computer and merged sounds, forming DARKSIDE.”