The Australian duo known as Jagwar Ma released their debut album, Howlin, just last month, but it’s already being buzzed about as a possible choice for end of the year “Best of 2013” lists.
According to their label, Mom + Pop Music, Gabriel Winterfield and Jono Ma went about “creating a sound that would capture their love of contemporary electronica and classic American Soul". The album was recorded last year in an empty farm two hours south of Paris, with an 808 (a low tech drum machine), a Fender Jaguar, a pair of vintage Neve console channels and a laptop.
Rather than the two singles (“The Throw” and “Man I Need”), this catchy song, “Come Save Me”, paves the way as the stand out track in the collection and a perfect introduction to the group. At first listen, there's the simple draw of a steady beat with handclaps and a melodic chorus that repeats four times. But a playful synth melody weaves its way in towards the end and takes over the spotlight as things come to a close. In a quick five minutes, you're hooked.
The band has added Jack Freeman on bass for live gigs, which has already included tour dates with Foals and the xx. They will be coming to the U.S. this fall, check dates below.
09/30 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
10/01 - Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
10/03 - San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
10/04 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo