Space Is Only Noise found Nicolas Jaar spinning his extraterrestrial transmissions into belooped electronic missives that tapped directly into his polyglot musical sensibilities, right down to the sub-atoms. Darkside, his collaboration with multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington, refracts that sound into something far more cinematic on “Paper Trails.” Dusty, windswept blues guitar makes Jaar's simmering robot vocals seem ripped from a script, with a few notes in the margin from Daughn Gibson. We follow it eagerly, through a saloon of funky bass thump, tambourines (or are they spurs?) and a very Jaar-ian wash of electronics. Then everything disintegrates, like curling mesquite in a savage brush fire. Psychic is out October 8th on Other People Records.
- CHART TV