I’m a little late to this game, but I don’t think that Danish two-piece Taragana Pyjarama is sufficiently well- known enough for me to feel bad for passing this single of theirs over. Unite the trademark electronic minimalism of artists like The Field and Pantha du Prince with the lush and exotic themes represented by chillwave’s top players, and you have the gist of their sound. Slice out the most emotionally evocative one-minute section in your average Tycho track, and build a five-plus minute fort out of the buoyant loops and subtle variations, and you have “Girls”, by Taragana Pyjarama. The above video, directed by Emmanuel Beaudry, appears to be something of a “radio edit” of the song, the original version of which is easily twice as long and twice as cathartic. Do tha right thing, and take a ride on the side of electronic music that all of the radio-friendly chillwavers are secretly emulating. Grab a copy of the epic single “Girls”, by Taragana Pyjarama below, along with another track from the same 2011 self-titled EP on Fool House that put the boys on the radar, “Ocean”. Like what you hear? Grab a copy of the five-track stunner via Amazon or iTunes, or browse the full menu here. I see there’s a Teengirl Fantasy remix featured on it, and it also looks they’ve got a debut full-length entitled Tipped Bowls, due out in less than a week via Kompakt. How wonderfully appropriate.
Check out this kaleidoscopic art video for Marsen Jules’ “Swans Reflecting Elephants”. Straight from Kompakt’s 2012 installation of their yearly Pop Ambient series; which has been made relatively better known for occasionally featuring artists and bands like Battles, Emeralds, and The Field; Marsen Jules’ clatteringly beautiful ambient jazz entry certainly captured my attention the first time I heard it. A media collective by the name of Jutojo wed the track to a staggeringly beautiful moving slideshow of exotic images that appear to have been projected onto a wall surrounded by mirrors. While I could very well be wrong about the execution of this artistic mashup, what matters most in this piece is the tumbling sound of abandonment beaten out via prepared piano and brushes upon snares. Seemingly taken straight from either the early Squarepusher or the current Tim Hecker repertoire, digital whines and moans separate each haunting stab throughout the percussive five minutes, set off perfectly by Jutojo’s short art film. Never has the decay of civilization looked and sounded so lush and serene.