Nicolas Jaar
Space Is Only Noise


5.0
classic

Review

by Beram C. Lansay USER (21 Reviews)
February 17th, 2011 | 135 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Space Is Only Noise: A 2011 Odyssey.

Outer space, a vast black sea; the idea of it tantalizes the comfortable complacency in which we all reside. It is so massive that the physicists of our world can only speculate as to how large the universe actually is. Some believe it spans forever, an infinite amount of dust and darkness. Others say it is about 150 billion light years across. Even if this is the case, it would take light 150 billion years to traverse this grand emptiness.

The endless fields of space are home to an unimaginable mental dissonance. The mere idea that something can never end harbors terror in the eyes of most. How can something never end? Yet, we have a parallel plane existing alongside outer space: Our mind. Deep inside the fabric of our mind reside thoughts that are equally dark, equally cold, and equally distant. Nicolas Jaar brilliantly plays out the idea that the subconscious is not so different from the celestial constructs above.

“Space Is Only Noise” is a transmission from afar; shrouded by dark matter. Traces of human characteristics can be found all throughout the album. Tracks have a combination of vocal clips, in both English and French. The track “I Got a Woman” combines the vocals of Ray Charles with mellowed out keyboards, creating a sad yet muffled feel. On the track “Space Is Only Noise If You Can See”, a heavy synthesized beat bounces along with the emotionally void lyrics “grab a calculator and fix yourself”. Chopped up samples are abruptly scattered around the tracks, giving them an oddly-familiar feel. These cold, calculated sounds caress your emotions, playing with them, and ultimately they withdraw; leaving them devoid of touch and yearning for more.

Nicolas Jaar’s electronic noises evoke feelings that reach our core. The eerie atmosphere he creates resembles that of human heart. Upon further exploration we realize that this transmission of music is simply sound waves moving through space, a relic of his passionate imagination. It is traveling through a place that does not know the concept of time; a place that is forever. We cannot help but embrace the warmth it once held, allowing it to resonate within us. “Space Is Only Noise” echoes across the eternal territory of our mind, cradling our deepest and darkest desires. This music reveals just how alone we really are amongst the boundless limits of space.



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lancebramsay
February 17th 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Come on Sputnik! Catch up with Pitchfork, they already have this album in "Best New Music".

Aside from that, 3rd review - Need moar critiques -_-'

Adash
February 17th 2011


1356 Comments


Resident Advisor n Pitch are all over this, still nice to have a third opinion : p

This kind of semi abstract reviewing is my favourite style, pos



Piglet
February 17th 2011


4663 Comments


good stuff young sir! I'd like to hear this.

Yotimi
February 17th 2011


6551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Really good stuff right here

Digging: Sand Circles - Motor City

Ponton
Emeritus
February 17th 2011


5816 Comments


Yeah this is great. Review is well written and a bit hyperbolic

DoubtGin
February 17th 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

album of the year so far

DoubtGin
February 17th 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this or new tim hecker

lancebramsay
February 17th 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Aww you folks are going to make me blush.

@observer is hyperbolic a good thing?

@doubtgin this

PuddlesPuddles
February 17th 2011


4787 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is cool

lancebramsay
February 17th 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

^ Yup

relativeworld
February 17th 2011


289 Comments


Sounds like my kind of thing! getting it now!

letsgofishing
February 17th 2011


908 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Hate to agree with pitchfork...

but damn this album is sweet. minimalist electronica has been top grade this year.

Zettel
February 17th 2011


602 Comments


Good review, beautiful album, great last paragraph.

lancebramsay
February 17th 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

p4k isn't all bad.

FourSquare20
February 17th 2011


320 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is a great review. Album is pretty cool.

Manic_
February 17th 2011


447 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

good review. album is awesome, i'm in love with the style of it.

Yotimi
February 18th 2011


6551 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Keep Me There is soty so far

DoubtGin
February 18th 2011


6752 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

^this so much

lancebramsay
February 18th 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

The entire album is just so damn awesome it's hard to choose a favorite track. Colomb, Too Many Kids Finding Rain in the Dust, Keep Me There, Space Is Only Noise If You Can See, Balance Her In Between Your Eyes are probably my top tracks off the album.

lancebramsay
February 19th 2011


1585 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for the compliments everyone :D



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