Jaga Jazzist album and UK gig news – listen to cosmic single Spiral Era


Jaga Jazzist (image via artist PR)

Jaga Jazzist announce new album and spin out cosmic single Spiral Era, Getintothis’ Roy Bayfield reads the runes.

Experimentalist Norwegian eight-piece Jaga Jazzist return this April 24 with Pyramid, their first album in half a decade.

The ninth LP to appear in the group’s four-decade career, Pyramid promises “a deep dive into post-rock, jazz and psychedelia influences…nodding to forebears spanning from 80s jazz band Out To Lunch and Norwegian synth guru Ståle Storløkken, to contemporaries Tame Impala, Todd Terje and Jon Hopkins in four long-form entries of “technicolour threads dreamily unspooling.”

Single Spiral Era indicates that Pyramid will indeed be taking us on a psychedelic jazz journey, the kind of track that washes away your identity.

Pyramid will be Jaga Jazzist’s debut on the Brainfeeder label and was recorded in two weeks of focused collaborative experimentation in a studio in Sweden surrounded by woods.

“The most important thing is that we didn’t want to over-analyze every musical idea” says co-founder and drummer Martin Horntveth. “We wanted to follow the first and original idea and keep the freshness.”

Talking about the process of self-producing, Martin said “It was hard but felt natural to do ourselves, as five of us are producers and make records for a living.”

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As a light-touch piece of concept-weaving, the album name references the four elements comprised by the four tracks.

Lars Horntveth says: “I felt that this album is a small symphony, each part containing its own rooms to explore.”

Vinyl swag edition includes a clear LP with a silver holographic foldable pyramid insert.

Pyramid tracklisting:
1. Tomita
2. Spiral Era
3. The Shrine
4. Apex

Jaga Jazzist’s 17-date Euro tour includes one UK date:
Islington Assembly Hall, May 6