"Where the music of, say, Skrillex, flits from one cathartic explosion to
the next, Mr. Jaar offers a melancholic, lugubrious throb that he once
jokingly termed 'blue-wave,' evoking Erik Satie or Leonard Cohen as much
as deep house. Elements of Ethiopian jazz, hip-hop and ambient piano
create a sultry, smoky vibe, with Mr. Jaar’s deep voice (alternating
among English, Spanish and French lyrics) bobbing in and out of the mix.
His down-tempo beats are intended to cause what he has called 'rhythmic
anguish,' a more meditative and contemplative state, though they still
retain an insinuating groove. Only recently turned 22, Mr. Jaar has been releasing 12-inch EPs since
he was 17 and steadily building an international reputation as both a
solo performer and the leader of a live band; a poll on the electronic
music Web site Resident Advisor
named him 2011’s top live act. His 2011 debut album 'Space Is Only
Noise' sold 25,000 copies worldwide and appeared on many year-end 'best-of' lists" (Mike Rubin, "Between Semesters, Digital Innovation
," New York Times
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