Five years after Starfire (Ninja Tune), Norwegian band Jaga Jazzist announced the release of a new album. Pyramid is out on April 24th via Brainfeeder and according to the press release, the eight-piece takes a deep dive into post-rock, jazz and psychedelia influences. “Spiral Era” is the first excerpt.
The band, led by Lars Horntveth and his compositions, took a direct approach to the creation of “Pyramid”. Whereas “Starfire” saw them take the idea of a traditional studio record to extremity, with different members dipping in and out of the booth to write, record and experiment over two years, the process behind “Pyramid” was almost the polar opposite: it took just two weeks.
Both records were driven by the same curious, experimental spirit, but the processes were very different. Retreating to a secluded woodland studio in neighbouring Sweden, they bunkered into the studio for 12 hour days. “The most important thing is that we didn’t want to over-analyze every musical idea” says co-founder and drummer Martin Horntveth. “We wanted to follow the first and original idea and keep the freshness.”