Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jagwar Ma shares new video + tour dates

Jagwar Ma photo by Laura Coulson
Australian duo Jagwar Ma's debut album Howlin finished 2013 as one of the years most lauded breakout albums, championed by the likes of NPR, Pitchfork, The Fader and CMJ among others.

One of the records most infectious tunes and a staunch live favourite, new single 'Uncertainty' effortlessly blends oscillating acid bass, a strutting techno backbeat, punchy guitar stabs and Beatles-esque harmonies, building ecstatically to a refrain of "how can you look so gloomy/when you're gloomy howlin' looks so good to me".

The "Uncertainty" video was directed by Dave Ma (brother of Jono from the band) who has worked with Foals, Forest Swords and Bastille among others. Filmed in a desert on the outskirts of Los Angeles, it channels the tunes' ecstatic daybreak energy with the band performing to an expansive and increasingly astral backdrop.

A remix of "Uncertainty" by UK house and techno linchpin and frequent band collaborator Ewan Pearson will follow, with others to be announced.

In other good news, Jagwar Ma has been announced as a part of this year's Coachella line up, playing on Friday, April 11th and 18th. In between Coachella weekends, the band will play The Fillmore in San Francisco with MS MR on April 14th. Jagwar Ma will also be playing shows in Austin, Texas in March. 
WATCH: "Uncertainty" -    

3/12-16 - Austin, TX 
4/11 - Indio, CA - Coachella  
04/14 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore * 
4/18 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05/29 - Primavera, ESP - Primavera Sound
* w/MS MR
Available via iTunes at:
1. What Love
2. Uncertainty
3. The Throw
4. That Loneliness
5. Come Save Me
6. Four
7. Let Her Go
8. Man I Need
9. Exercise
10. Did You Have To
11. Backwards Berlin
About Jagwar Ma:
Jagwar Ma formed in Sydney Australia when Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield bonded over a mutual passion of melody and experimental beats. The pair set out creating a sound that would capture their love for contemporary electronica and classic American Soul, Joe Meek and King Tubby, vintage drum machines and radio frequency manipulation, improvised percussion. Fusing the elements of disparate music, the vocal sweetness of Laurel Canyon, Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston, and the modern electronic space of the past 40 years, they created a contemporary take on psychedelia, with the beauty and simplicity of classic sun-soaked, beach pop.
In mid 2012 Jagwar Ma decamped to a space in France to record their debut album - just the two of them in an empty farm two hours south of Paris, with an 808, a Fender Jaguar, a laptop and a pair of vintage Neve console channels. Their time at La Briche echoes like a strange psychedelic film: cycling in fields of sunflowers, cheese, caveman beards and going crazy in the studio. While working they listened to twisted electronica from Liars, Aphex Twin and Autechre. "And then when we sat down to dinner we'd listen to Sinatra and Nat King Cole" says Gab. Added to that were the neighbours who were into hardcore dub..."They were from a scene which is based around homemade soundsystems," says Jono, "they take them out in to the middle of nowhere and play literally the
hardest most sinister kind of music I've ever experienced. It is the weirdest thing in the world."

Jagwar Ma were on a mission to re-create a two man wall of sound ensued and with help from friends, locals and a pre-historic desk once used by Conny Plank, they set about re-inventing the warmth, harmony and audio sunshine they had first hatched back in Oz. Their collaborators along the way included long-time friend Warpaint drummer, Stella Mozgawa and renowned DJ and producer, Ewan Pearson on mixing duties. By the dying days of 2012 their time in France had not been ill spent and a debut album Howlin was recorded and ready to be mixed in Berlin & London before being released in 2013. With the album release and subsequent touring they continue to build a passionate live following around the world.

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