Jambinai
Apparition


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
November 13th, 2022 | 26 replies


Release Date: 11/11/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A touch more optimistic than usually.

The pandemic led many musicians to record more music than planned, whereas for Jambinai it seems to have caused an opposite effect. The group’s previous album, 2019’s ONDA pushed them to a higher level of exposure that got cut halfway, so to speak, when all touring was canceled the following year. During the downtime, the members kept busy releasing solo materials and collaborating with various artists. However, when it came to a new full length effort, things didn’t run as smooth as expected for the Korean quintet. As a result, Apparition ended up as an EP, featuring only four new songs. Nevertheless, the material is strong, taking a step further down the path its predecessor took. Each tune shares a certain sonic arc, while maintaining the overall cohesive approach. The centerpiece, “until my wings turn to ashes” is the most compelling cut, featuring gorgeous interplay between the traditional stringed instruments and flute during the first segment. They create a lush yet bittersweet atmosphere, until the drums and bass start building up tension behind them. As expected, the coda kicks in with a heavy riff and unnerving haegeum leads.

Meanwhile, “candlelight in colossal darkness” further concentrates on the folk elements, this time playing slowly, minimalist lines. These reminisce an ambient soundtrack to a quiet rural scene in a movie. The other members find their place in the mix through gentle, post rock touches, before growing louder with poignant rhythms and busy percussion. The two remaining tracks are shorter and heavier, “once more from that frozen bottom” being closest to what we’ve come to expect from Jambinai. After a round of intense and haunting bits, the noisy finale with shouted vocals ends abruptly. It feels similar to a radio edit of what should have been an expansive section. We’re treated next with the excellent piece “from the place been erased”, where guest singer Sunwoojunga (swja) does a brilliant job. The band goes from soft melancholia to hard hitting riffs as she blissfully croons along. It only makes you want to hear more and it is a shame the group left Apparition a mini album. At almost 27 minutes, one or two more songs could have easily rounded this sonic journey. Despite this small inconvenience, Jambinai continue to hone their craft and find interesting ways to spice their music. This EP is a must listen and hopefully a taste of things to come.




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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2022


5816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great songs and improvement on small details. They should have added one more song to call it an album, chances are this EP will not have the same impact as ONDA for example.



Stream here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ekd7bKJfSL4&list=OLAK5uy_lUzdUWzZy2LpsPwKd_h3CrmYuXcnJAKrU&ab_channel=JAMBINAIOfficial

JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
November 13th 2022


52200 Comments


Noice!! Been catching up on ONDA lately, excited to check this

Slex
November 13th 2022


15233 Comments


Loved the last one, excited for this

Pangea
November 14th 2022


9038 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

woo new jambinai hype will listen

Sowing
Moderator
November 14th 2022


42638 Comments


Nice review. I recall listening to ONDA when it was released just because I liked the artwork and being pleasantly surprised. Might give this a quick spin this week.

Elynna
November 14th 2022


1218 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Can't wait to jam this, band has such a unique sound

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2022


5816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks Sowing. It's just as good IMO, especially track 2 and 3.

MarsKid
Contributing Reviewer
November 14th 2022


16717 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Admittedly don't remember the last one but gave it a 4, so should probably revisit it lol



Nice little review my man

Donchivo
November 15th 2022


1575 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Great review! And great to these guys are back! Stoked to jam it soon!

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2022


5816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks! They also announced a European tour for next spring, they are awesome live too.

Sunnyvale
Staff Reviewer
November 15th 2022


4444 Comments

Album Rating: 3.7

Great review!



I've never quite fallen for this band but this one has its moments for sure.

SitarHero
November 17th 2022


14487 Comments


I thought this was new Jamiroquai and am now sad... :-(

MoM
November 17th 2022


1022 Comments


[2]

Asura14
November 17th 2022


488 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Track 2 is absolutely stunning

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 17th 2022


5816 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Maybe next year Sitar, I am waiting for a new Jamiroquai album too

teamster
November 18th 2022


6027 Comments


Well shit, missed this. Thanks for putting it on the map.

Rawmeeth38
November 22nd 2022


2354 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Until My Wings Turn to Ashes is a force to be reckoned with

Sniff
November 26th 2022


7413 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This be way better than any new Jamiroquai would be

Sniff
November 26th 2022


7413 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Until My Wings Turn to Ashes is a force to be reckoned with [2]



Brilliant idea bringing Portico Quartet in for a jam session





JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
November 26th 2022


52200 Comments


Sniff why did I forget this



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