Yes, this sounds a little too much like “Red Right Hand”, that haunting trail of suspense building upon itself from the crackling introduction, that dark baritone delivering a chilling tribute to Nick Cave, impressive though a far cry from the master. But all is forgiven of young Nicolas Jaar when it becomes evident where he takes the track from its beguiling starting point of muder balladry, or at least what he dares to try. The wayward strings are his weapons of choice, with its precise old school horror film inflections forming a surprisingly fluent bridge to what seems to be Act Two, where different elements converge to build a stronger, more resolute rhythm. Even if somewhat abrupt in conclusion and slightly underdeveloped at parts, Jaar’s imaginative use of shifting ideas and moods in musical space is an experiment that’s gripping enough to warrant repeated listens. – Dan.
Nicolas Jaar’s debut album Space is Only Noise is out now on Circus Company.