RATING: 3.5 / 5
Australian psych/dance outfit Jagwar Ma
are out with their sophomore LP Every Now & Then
. The follow-up to 2013's debut Howlin
touches on different sounds, spanning across several different genres. It begins with the one minute and thirty second intro "Falling," which is comprised of atmospheric synths and repetitive voice samples in the distance. It transitions right into the next song, "Say What You Feel," smoothly. The song would fit nicely on a Beatles record, with bright guitars and the sunny lyrics, "You wake up and you hope that you got someone lying next to you / It's all you've ever wanted, it's all you've ever dreamed of."
However don't get used to it, because it doesn't last for long.
"Loose Ends," another highlight, tends to stray far from the sound on the track before. Featuring arpeggiated synth basses and bubbly guitars, it emits a jungle vibe - like we're trekking through a sonic rainforest. "Show me what you're like without your gun / Show me just how fast you can run / Batter up, son,"
they confidently sing over gritty club synths on "Batter Up." "Slipping" starts out with vocal samples laying down the base, then more airy vocals come in to sing the verse along with a drum machine.
The entire album sounds like it was recorded in a large, empty space, with everything being laced with echoes and soaring synths. There are gorgeous melodic moments and the recurring disco beat that seems to make an appearance in every song sounds like something influenced by Hot Chip or LCD Soundsystem. Jagwar Ma is an impressive act to watch, as they make the transition from rock to night club seamlessly. Two things that don't "traditionally" go together, but totally work, thanks to consistency.