Nicolas Jaar has made the release cycle for his latest album, Sirens, an incredibly swift one. He only announced the six-track LP on Friday, just a week removed from its September 30th release via Jaar’s own Other People. Two days later, and it’s already streaming online.
Sirens premiered over the weekend on the website for Jaar’s media project The Network. Heading to channel 333 will bring up the stream, but you’ll have to listen straight through without the option to skip around tracks. The format makes sense for Sirens, which was described in a press release as six tracks which “flow seamlessly” from one to the next.
In addition to the music, the website displays the album’s lyrics. From the beginning, Jaar makes good on the press release’s promise that Sirens is his “most topically cohesive and politically-minded record to date.” The opening lines of the first track, “Killing Time”, are “I think we’re just out of time/ Said the officer to the kid/ Ahmed was almost fifteen and handcuffed.” There’s also a Spanish language track and a bit of recorded dialogue between a child and adult.
Head to The Network site to listen in; note that the opening comes in slow and quiet, so be patient. The physical Sirens release, which includes an LP with scratch-off cover, is set for October 14th, with pre-orders ongoing. Jaar will support the effort with an extensive fall tour, the dates of which are here.
01. Killing Time
02. The Governor
05. Three Sides of Nazareth
06. History Lesson