Chilean-American DJ Nicolas Jaar is set to take on Buenos Aires on Thursday, playing at Teatro Vorterix after taking a three year break from Argentina. He will be showcasing his second studio album, 2016 hit “Sirens”. Acknowledged as his best work to date and featuring in Pitchfork’s top 50 albums of 2016.
With his first studio album, “Space Is Only Noise” being released in 2011 it has been quite the wait but well worth it. That’s not to say that he hasn’t been busy during this time, working on a plethora of projects from running his New-York based label Other People to producing film soundtracks to playing in the band Darkside. His work not going unnoticed, Jaar won the BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix of the year in 2012.
“Sirens” is a bewitching album and is Jaar’s most political work yet. The album’s cover art resembling a lottery scratch card, hails from his father’s artwork which questions the conception of USA as “America” and its destruction of a latin American identity.
The six tracks flit between piano ambience accompanied by Nico’s baritone vocal prowess, heavier experimental rockier sounds and some slow funk too. All with an electronic undertone. Nico utilises his bilingual skills, singing both in Spanish and English with subject matter often including a strong political message, “Ya dijimos no pero el sí esta en todo.” which translates to “We already said no but the yes is in everything,” referring to the Chilean national plebiscite.
“I feel an affinity with the political aspect of dance music—maybe it can increasingly become a place of protest” he told Pitchfork.
With such a mixture of sounds, sometimes slow and sombre other times upbeat and dance focused you are bound to leave having experienced a range of emotions, recollecting over the thought-provoking blur you’ve just witnessed.
Thursday February 2nd, 7PM onwards
Teatro Vorterix (Av. Federico Lacroze 3455)
Grab a ticket here.