Jaga Jazzist drop sprawling new LP, ‘Pyramid’

The Norwegian experimental outfit’s first album in five years.

Norwegian avant-garde jazz outfit Jaga Jazzist have returned with an otherworldly four-track album, Pyramid.

The group’s new LP marks their debut on Brainfeeder and their first studio effort in five years, succeeding 2015’s critically lauded Starfire. Album opener “Tomita” eases fans into the band’s ever-evolving experimental sound before “Spiral Era” induces psychedelic euphoria across its eight-minute timespan. Each track on Pyramid unfolds slowly, taking its time to morph and evolve from the song’s inception to its end.

“The most important thing is that we didn’t want to over-analyze every musical idea,” co-founder and drummer Martin Horntveth said in a statement. “We wanted to follow the first and original idea and keep the freshness.”

Pyramid is the band’s first-ever self-produced LP. In a press release, keys player Lars Horntveth described the album as “a small symphony, each part containing its own rooms to explore.”

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