Jagwar Ma

Amoeba San Francisco - October 2nd @ 6:00pm

Jagwar Ma has a contemporary take on psychedelia, with the beauty and simplicity of classic sun-soaked, beach pop. Join them for a live performance and signing of their new album Howlin (available on CD & LP) at Amoeba SF! Also catch them live at Rickshaw Stop the following night!

Jagwar Ma formed in Sydney Australia when Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield bonded over a mutual passion of melody and experimental beats. The pair set out creating a sound that would capture their love for contemporary electronica and classic American Soul, Joe Meek and King Tubby, vintage drum machines and radio frequency manipulation, improvised percussion. Fusing the elements of disparate music, the vocal sweetness of Laurel Canyon, Carl Wilson, and Bruce Johnston, and the modern electronic space of the past 40 years, they created a contemporary take on psychedelia. Just weeks after putting music online, it secured heavy airplay on Australian radio triple j and a seven inch release on new UK label The Blue Rider. The music received a positive reaction to the mix of old and new, the uninhibited rhythm and its classic harmonies sliced apart by a lyric informing how lonely love can be.

In mid-2012 Jagwar Ma decamped to a space in France to record their debut album – just the two of them in an empty farm two hours south of Paris, with an 808, a Fender Jaguar, a laptop, and a pair of vintage Neve console channels. Their time at La Briche echoes like a strange psychedelic film: cycling in fields of sunflowers, cheese, caveman beards, and going crazy in the studio. While working they listened to twisted electronica from Liars, Aphex Twin, and Autechre. “And then when we sat down to dinner we’d listen to Sinatra and Nat King Cole” says Gab. Added to that were the neighbors who were into hardcore dub…“They were from a scene which is based around homemade soundsystems” says Jono “they take them out in to the middle of nowhere and play literally the hardest most sinister kind of music I’ve ever experienced. It is the weirdest thing in the world”.

Jagwar Ma were on a mission to re-create a two man wall of sound ensued and with help from friends, locals, and a pre-historic desk once used by Conny Plank, they set about re-inventing the warmth, harmony and audio sunshine they had first hatched back in Oz. Their collaborators along the way included long-time friend, Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa, and renowned DJ and producer Ewan Pearson on mixing duties. By the dying days of 2012, their time in France had not been ill spent and a debut album Howlin (available on CD & LP) was recorded and ready to be mixed.

Live the band has added Jack Freeman on bass, and they started 2013 in Australia on the Big Day Out festival tour before playing a packed NME show in London in February. Since then they’ve toured Europe with Foals and then Australia with The xx.


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