Nicolas Jaar’s “Fight (Nymphs IV)” Is a Cinematic Odyssey Through Sound

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Nicolas Jaar has yet to release a proper follow-up to his fantastic 2011 album Space is Only Noise, but what he has presented to us this year is enough to keep us happy for a little longer. Besides his beautiful and experimental Pomegranates, an alternative soundtrack to the 1969 movie The Color of Pomegranates, he has put out two 12″ called Nymphs II and Nymphs III, through his own Other People imprint. Well, just three months before the year ends he brings us “Fight (Nymphs IV),” this time on R&S Records.

“Fight (Nymphs IV)” is an eight-and-a-half-minute cinematic ride that marries some of the experimentation found on Pomegranates with his most accessible work. He takes us on a journey that peaks when things are fast and glitchy and dips when it gets more ethereal and ambient. It’s got everything in between, too, using vocals in the way Caribou does. It all feels like variations on the same theme, which is actually a great thing, because the elements never sound out of place.