Zaaar
Magická Džungl’a


2.6
average

Review

by Robert Garland STAFF
November 11th, 2021 | 42 replies


Release Date: 11/05/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Welcome to painting class.

Ever wonder how some musicians can arbitrarily throw noise at a wall and somehow even their chaos sticks? Like a whimsical misdirection that screams “look at this mess”, but the real art is what lies underneath the cacophony. Enter Zaäar and the cleverly artistic and no less unpredictable Magická Džungl’a. Although since the act itself largely consists of Neptunian Maximalism members who’s 2020 effort, Eons threw deliberate jazz dimorphism into a lush world of drone and guitar driven antics one could expect that Magická Džungl’a would knock its listeners six ways til Sunn O))). Comparatively, it’s clear that this is lesser the Eons 2.0 that fans would probably expect from an act known for material on another project (even if the lineup is largely the same), instead Magická Džungl’a is a free jazz landscape who’s entities exist entirely at the calling of their own whims. Basically, it’s a cosmic clusterfuck of droning repositories built to twist whatever soul (tortured or free-range; you decide) that happens across the wider musical horizon. That artwork was our first indication that this would be whack.

As such I can’t help but liken Magická Džungl’a to the musical equivalent of a Pollock painting; colours and tones strewn across space...and yet you can’t help but appreciate just how every chord and hypnotic tone just works. Even as the twenty-two minute, introductory “Respiration Aérobie” ebbs in; cosmic refrain and easy tones it becomes easy to forget that this hour and a half journey (split into two halves) is quite that long. The term easy listening comes to mind, but the term is forgotten by the time the saxophone lines chirp in and out of the tribal, near-Middle Eastern soundscapes. At times “Respiration Aérobie” is an opium soaked dance through the desert; camels walking on their hind legs while cartoon elephants share light percussion and saxophone duties without middle beginning or end. “Multicellularité Des Cyanobactéries” takes liberty with the aesthetic of the twenty-two minute opener. Chimes dance above atmospheric climes, leaving only dry ambient leanings that dissolve the occultish tones for something darker, perhaps with sinister intent. As a listener I’m still transported, but I can’t determine the course or heading. Magická Džungl’a’s first disc closes as it begins; whimsical occult jingles and jangles pave the way for more substantial. By that I mean that the saxophone stands just a little taller in the mix, shifting both the album’s pace and larger mood swings.

The record’s second disc continues in much the same vein as the first. However moments of separation do occur. Whether it’s the space immersion of “Explosion Cambrienne” and the clanging of metal instruments together, that disquiets the air, or the looser free jazz experimentation of the twenty minute closer, “Grande Oxydation” and its mish-mash of monochromatic instrumentation glorified for those who have the stomach to sit through ninety minutes of similar sonic portraits. As much as I want to say that ZAÄAR’s Magická Džungl’a is transportive enough to carry even the most jaded listener along its path I am fully aware that not everyone will appreciate the folly and grandeur (like that of the Pollock art I mentioned earlier). Ultimately, there’s enough twists and turns here to tie a listener into a knot, discouraging from trying to progress any further into what Magická Džungl’a actually has to offer. But maybe that’s the point? Just maybe the listener isn’t supposed to soak in all the brush strokes and haphazard blotches that coat the canvas ZAÄAR is working on. Perhaps a listener is meant to pick up on the small pieces of nuance that arrive on a fourth or even twelfth listen. All I know is most won’t have the dedication or the patience to meek out every nook and cranny that Magická Džungl’a propounds. It’s a study that this magic jungle will go without, no matter how prestigious the artists behind such a project.




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Comments:Add a Comment 
Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2021


16225 Comments

Album Rating: 2.6

Let's get weird together:



https://i-voidhangerrecords.bandcamp.com/album/magicka-dz-ungl-a

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2021


13079 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Looks like you found it ;]

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2021


16225 Comments

Album Rating: 2.6

Some mo-jo? Maybe a little - but I also feel I threw words at this like Zaaar threw ideas at this album so...grain of salt and all that.





edit: you mean the album page? No I feel for the guy who finds the original entry and needs to report the duplicate to the forums. I'll apologize here and now for that.

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2021


13079 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Yeah, I meant the album page lol

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2021


16225 Comments

Album Rating: 2.6

Fair enough haha. Got time to give this a spin?

garas
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2021


6946 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0 | Sound Off

Such a majestic album cover. Doesn't matter you gave it just a 2.6, will jam soon!

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2021


16225 Comments

Album Rating: 2.6

That's a loose 2.6. Given the right mood I feel like I'd slap a 4 on this and be done with it. At the same time I can attest that an average scoring might be justice as well.

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2021


13079 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"Got time to give this a spin?"



I'll check it out tomorrow morning when I'm at the office :]

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2021


16225 Comments

Album Rating: 2.6

Perfect office lounge music : )

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2021


13079 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Looking at that tracklist though... damn, those are some loooooong bookending tracks. I'm definitely curious about listening to this clusterfuck, that's for sure

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2021


16225 Comments

Album Rating: 2.6

Well we’re not here to fuck spiders are we?

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 11th 2021


13079 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

strayacunt ;]

Sowing
Moderator
November 11th 2021


40048 Comments


This is a shame to see. Artwork had me hyped to check this.

Digging: Domestic Terminal - I Could See Midnight Sky

mindleviticus
November 11th 2021


10297 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is kind of amazing. By what you've written, it just doesn't seem like this style is your thing because everything you said about it that you perceived as ambivalent is what makes it so great (I guess to someone like me who enjoys this very tribal esoteric sound). Just a chaotic void of atmosphere and otherworldliness. Reminds me a lot of Jon Hassell/Troum

nash1311
November 11th 2021


3690 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

What’s the best rating for “boring”?



I too checked this cause the art is amazing but man it’s pretty bland

DePlazz
November 11th 2021


3371 Comments


Czech-ish title got me on the wrong foot, seems these dudes are from Brussels. Cover artist is CZ tho. Intriguing, will check this out.

bloc
November 11th 2021


67622 Comments


Quite a few dick-necks on the album cover I see

Digging: Ivy - Long Distance

DePlazz
November 11th 2021


3371 Comments


Not really feeling this

Azog
November 11th 2021


686 Comments


You seem to have a taste for weird artwork.

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
November 11th 2021


16225 Comments

Album Rating: 2.6

Wacky art is sometimes mostly great.



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