By Elizabeth Walker | February 10th, 2012
Nicolas Jaar has been frequenting Indie Shuffle in a serious way for the past couple months. We named him as one of our new artists to watch this year, and I think most of our bloggers have had their hands in the Nico pot.
One of my personal favorites from the Bostonian by way of Chile/Brooklyn (pretty much a boring, uncultured life, right?) is his 2010 remix of Wendy Rene’s “After Laughter Comes Tears.” Though early on in his releases, Jaar clearly exemplifies the enigmatically brilliant tone of his now familiar style in this remix.
Beginning with crescendoing drums and synths, Jaar takes us through a horizontal journey fortified with Rene’s 1964 vocals. The depth of emotion that is evoked by the combination of Jaar’s organically provocative beat and Rene’s languished cries is pretty much heart-stopping.
Jaar is one of the most talented musicians out there right now, and for obvious reason. Many songs are a similar aesthetic but his ability to create a different fingerprint for each track is truly astounding. I tip my figurative hat, sir.