Nicolás Jaar 'Telas' | Album Review

With four songs, Telas continues the plot of Cenzias, working as a sequel to the turn of events that Nicolás Jaar directed. The sixth studio album is his most ambitious project to date. Telas, which translates to “veils”, is sound existing in fluid, as told by Jaar himself. 

At fourteen minutes long, album opener “Telahora”, is a multi-dimesonal world filled with chaos and rage. Piecing the puzzle of the ultimate escape of leaving the unknown that was told from the previous releases, the song explores a rebirth. A welcoming back into a world that is everything but welcoming, comprised of worthlessness and a void of reasoning. Destroyed in the process, the track abruptly ends which then transitions into the next track “Telencima”, which opens with haunting whispering vocals. 

Immediately setting the tone, Jaar subtly invites listeners into a futuristic world that is challenging to live by. Constructed upon minsimalism that is opposite to the minimalistic sounds of the last album, it creates an illusion that becomes apparent in each track. Nicolas Jaar utilizes an expect the unexpected notion that makes listeners expected one thing, while unexpecting the sudden shift in reality. 

The first two tracks of the album follow the formula of being built through soft undertones, before being completely shattered with a push and pull sound effect. The latter half of the album comprised of the songs “Telahumo” and “Telallás” are energetic and breathe a new life to a postmodern reality. 

With Cenzias, his fifth studio album released earlier this year, Nicolás Jaar explored the depths of the unknown. But on Telas, he creates a blueprint of utilizing instrumentation to their full power. A confusing, hour-long expedition sees a new world being built – revolutionizing modern music along the way.

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