Archive for December 17th, 2020

December 17, 2020

Fasman’s Finds – Nicolas Jaar

Fasman’s Finds is our column from Rebecca Fasman (intrepid record nerd, DJ, and curator at the Kinsey Institute) in which she shares what she’s listening to and why. 

I listen to a lot of ambient music. I spend at least part of each work day writing and prefer to have music on but get distracted by most lyrics. I was listening to Nicolas Jaar’s album Cenizas recently. If you haven’t heard it yet, it’s a weird and beautiful record, full of surprises. I’ve been listening to it on a fine, albeit a little bass-heavy, Bose speaker. Recently I listened on my headphones, and felt like I was hearing a totally new album. It was like looking at something just with your eyes and then using a microscope and seeing so much more dimensionality and texture. Since then I’ve mostly been listening to it either on headphones or with the speaker next to my ear (I know, I know). I love how deeply varied and rich this record is, not just in emotionality and types of sounds you hear, but in the ambiguous sonic landscape Jaar created. There is a joy in discovering new ways to listen to something you’ve heard before, and in that way Cenizas feels like a welcome and magical portal. 

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