After the success of their debut album ‘Howlin’ and supporting the likes of Foals and Tame Impala, the Aussie, psychedelic, ravey trio have returned with another blisteringly good album.
Drawing influences from bands such as Happy Mondays, The Stone Roses, and the ‘Screamadelica’ era of Primal Scream, Jagwar Ma create beautifully crafted psych-pop tunes with that hint of Madchester sound that we all know and love.
Lead singer Gabriel Winterfield adds dashes of reverbed guitar, while Jono Ma creates brilliantly crafted synths with high end production fused with deep and engaging bass from Jack Freeman. Debut single ‘O B 1′ which features Stella Mozgawa of Warpaint on drums and it is a bouncy and fun energetic song with Winterfields grainy vocals taking centre stage in a synth laden chorus “You want me up, you want me down, get the feeling now’ is one of the most catchy lines in Jaguar Ma’ discography.
7 Minute epic ‘Give Me A Reason’ builds from a single beat into something that sounds like its been ripped from an old Happy Mondays funk beat. This same beat and style is also apparent on third track ‘Loose Ends’, with a choir of trumpets blaring in the background of a chorus infused with Winterfields hypnotic vocals.
‘Ordinary’ is a funky and rhythmic tune which can be likened to that of ‘Primal Scream’ with the use of sampling conversation ; where the chorus sounds like it could be ripped from a track by Brum based Indie band ‘Peace’, who also draw a likeness to ‘Primal Scream’ and their funkadelic sound.
My favourite track on the record, ‘Slipping’ is a gripping a synth and electronic laden piece with a hard hitting kick drum and a crescendo of synths colliding together to create a rave infested balled. This is a song wanting people to jump to its intensity. The band performed the track live in the Far Out Tent at The Green Man Festival 2016, where lasers and strobes created the perfect atmosphere for an epic tune and one of the best sets of the weekend.
Reverbed vocals and yet more synth follow on ‘Don’t Make It Right’ with the entirety of the song filled to the brim with distorted sounds, processed beats and electrifying production, creating one of the most atmospheric songs you’re most likely to hear.
‘High Rotations’ is a medley of noise and low frequency beats, it draws similarities to one of the new Bon Iver tracks “10 d E A T h b R E a s T ⚄ ⚄” with that thumping and raging bass which fires its way throughout the song. Its much more up beat yet menacing at the same time. Its the most threatening and poignant track on the record, and sticks out amongst one of the most innovative songs Jagwar Ma have produced.
The final track of the record ‘Colours Of Paradise’ is a ravey deep house infused track with a different style from what we are used to with Jono Ma and crew, and shows a much more experimental Jagwar Ma. Hints of their Manchester influenced debut are still lingering in this track, however they are less apparent, with the drum pattern and use of synth sounding similar. Using deep synths, and a drop worthy of being in a club, this track is the perfect way to end the album
‘Every Now And Then’ is a record which has seen Jagwar Ma transform into a band capable of changing and evolving their sounding into something more adventerous and thrilling. The band have taken their Primal Scream influenced routes and altered them into a tripy and electronic sound. if you have the chance to see them live, Take it.
Hear the album below: