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jaga jazzist - What We Must
Yet another quality Norwegian musical export, Jaga (minus the Jazzist) are a ten piece collective who's combined passion for their art creates wonderful tension within the deeply textured compositions as each person clammers to make an overt impact on the whole. Rather than flap about like a bag of canaries, Jaga turn this conflict to their advantage allowing often contradictory influences to co-exist, making 'What We Must' all the more amblicated for its lack of predictability. Opening with the post-rock opera of 'All I Know is Tonight', Jaga conjure up the best James Bond soundtrack there has never been - but in a parallel universe that drops the tepid narrative in favour of bits shimmering and soaring as far as the eye can see. Similarly, 'Stardust Hotel' manages to embark on an ecclectic escapade with horn excursions whilst guitars and percussion Slowdive around them. The shoe-gazing influence is also apparent on 'For All You Happy People' where full-on choral action runs up against rock-driven instrumentation, whilst the closing 'I Have a Ghost Now What?' is a hair-swinging kaleidoscope of pop sensibilities and smart-bomb sharp instrumentation that builds and builds and builds... Multiple aural alchemy.