Nicolas Jaar sneakily released a new album “Against All Logic” and everybody almost missed it
The low-key nature of 2012-2017’s February 17 release seems to have been intentional. Jaar’s name appears nowhere on the cover art, and its entry on Other People’s online store contains no written description of the music inside.
One thing is sure about the Chilean-American experimental virtuoso Nicolas Jaar. He always draws a huge crowd - be it his gigs or his music releases, the anticipation is always high and the crowds, excited.
Nicolas Jaar’s last official release was 2016’s 'Sirens'. And since its no secret that there are extended periods when it seems like he can go dormant and not release any music, nobody was really expecting anything soon.
But Jaar pulled a fast one on us a couple of weeks ago. Jaar recently released a new album titled '2012-2017' under a little-known alias. As Pitchfork notes, the album came with almost zero fanfare, released under Jaar’s alias A.A.L. (Against All Logic), on his own Other People label.
The new album is a bit different from Sirens and the rest of the work that Jaar puts out under his own name. It is more upbeat, groovy, melodic with synth work throughout the LP and old disco samples mixed into the tracks. It shows another side of Jaar that you don’t always get to see, but you can still see his production handiwork on the record.
True to its name, 2012-2017 seems to be a compilation of sorts. Many of its tracks were previously released in a continuously mixed form on an A.A.L. mix from 2016, though a handful appear to be brand new. The low-key nature of 2012-2017’s February 17 release seems to have been intentional: Jaar’s name appears nowhere on the cover art, and its entry on Other People’s online store contains no written description of the music inside.
In 2016, Nicolas Jaar discussed one of his lesser-used pseudonyms, A.A.L (Against All Logic). “I see things like Against All Logic as a continuation of that,” he told Crack Magazine. “I always find it funny when announcements say something is ‘the first Nicolas Jaar single in three years,’ as I’ve put out work under many different names.” Well, it seems like he’s snuck another one under our noses.
Spotify users can listen to the album below:
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