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WHAT WE MUST

Jaga Jazzist

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.76 | 62 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars JAGA JAZZIST are a very interesting young 10 piece band from Norway who put a modern twist on their jazzy brand music. Kind of cool to hear those Post-Rock influences come out at times too.

"All I Know Is Tonight" is by far my favourite track on here. It's the only song that makes me smile everytime I hear it. It kicks in fairly quickly. Horns after a minute.It settles right down after 2 minutes before kicking back in a minute later with piano. Contrasts continue. Love the horns in this track. "Stardust Hotel" also kicks into gear fairly quickly after a mellow intro. Contrasts contine as well until we get a staedy full sound 2 minutes in. Horns slowly pulse in and out 4 minutes in. Kicks back in to end it. "For All You Happy People" is laid back for the most part. I like the second half of the song a lot more. It begins with acoustic guitar after 2 minutes. Drums 3 minutes in with bass.

"Oslo Skyline" opens with vibes, drums, bass and guitar which are prominant early. It settles with flute 1 1/2 minutes in. Again the second half of the song is much better as we get a nice heavy sound before 3 minutes including a Post-Rock flavour. "Swedenborgske Rom" is my second favourite song. It has some atmosphere early until it changes before 2 minutes and vocal melodies take over. A melody with some atmosphere 3 minutes in. It's building late until we get a Post-Rock wall of sound. Great track ! "Mikado" has a good beat with lots of tempo shifts. "I Have A Ghost, Now What?" opens with horns and some interesting sounds. A beat 2 1/2 minutes in. Vibes a minute later. The last minute of the song is a little experimental.

Good album, but this isn't consistantly good in my opinion. A breath of fresh air though.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |

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