Everybody has their obsessions. When it comes to music, if you’re already an audiophile, these obsessions usually manifest themselves through repetition. So this one could be a little dangerous for those who make a behavioral pattern out of songs that stay on the loop at least for a week as the first song on the playlist. For others who are still reading this, the name Nicolas Jaar is already familiar; and his music featuring occasionally-dominating, dark Scandinavian tones may create an illusion that he himself is also Scandinavian; but that has nothing to do with what actually is. The talented Mr. Jaar is an American with Chilean origins born in 1990, so unpredictably young for his mature and haunting sound.

Founder of Clown & Sunset, a record label and art house which is worthy of close attention for its striking talents, Jaar treats minimal and electronic music in Trentemøller-ish way at times. Although quite young, Jaar enjoys big interest for his mature and established sound, and his “Clown & Sunset Aesthetics”, an exclusive project shown at MoMA PS1 in February 2012, is definitely worth a look.

Photo Credit: Sam Heller

Photo Credit: Sam Heller

P.S. Nicolas Jaar and his record label Clown & Sunset have released a rather remarkable compilation. The “Don’t Break My Love” compilation -or the aluminum cube- has headphone jacks on two sides. There are also four buttons allowing listeners to start, pause and skip through the tracks. Pretty cool, right?

Words / Bugu Melis Caglayan

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