The Bowery Ballroom
Jagwar Ma

Panorama Presents:

Jagwar Ma


Fri, July 28, 2017

Doors: 10:00 pm / Show: 11:00 pm

The Bowery Ballroom

New York, NY


This event is 18 and over

Pre-Show (9pm - 10pm) and Post-Show Happy Hour in the Lower Level Lounge

Jagwar Ma
Jagwar Ma
Jagwar Ma return with their second album Every Now & Then.

The Sydney-formed band came together for sessions across a handful of studios and locations in Australia, the UK and France to shake up an altogether inspired new offering. Full of spirit and exploding with the energy of new ideas, Every Now & Then is formed from the building blocks of a myriad of sonic touchstones upon which Jono Ma and Gabriel Winterfield concoct a heady, uplifting brew that very much owns it’s own space on the spectrum.

Singer/guitarist Gabriel Winterfield and multi-instrumentalist Jono Ma originally joined forces at the turn of the decade, having reached an impasse with their previous bands. Liberated, they instantly felt their horizons opening up, culminating in the kaleidoscopic dub-pop of Jagwar Ma’s 2013 debut album Howlin. Augmented by their old Sydney friend Jack Freeman on bass and backing vocals they set about creating their own infectious groove with their increasingly powerful live show.

After almost three years of touring the world (including tours with Foals, The xx and Tame Impala) the band returned to Australia to write and begin recording at Sonar studios in Sydney. With the basis of the album written, the band headed back to La Briche near Tours in rural France, where they had recorded their debut in a self-built studio on a friend's partly-renovated farm, before returning to London to record drum sessions with Warpaint's Stella Mozgawa and James Ford and finishing mixing with old friend Ewan Pearson in their new shared Tottenham studio The Bunker II.

Jono is a student of the studio in the Jagwar Ma camp, and on Every Now & Then his production hand constructs the richly singular sonic world each track inhabits. The record is littered with surprising selections yet maintains an ebb and flow that echoes that of a day in coastal Australia. 'Repetition invites participation' and the composition of Every Now & Then is testament to the turn of phrase, subtly seducing with loose-limbed sinewy grooves on loop.

Entrancing incantations on romantic love, truth and courage come courtesy of co-songwriter and lead vocalist Gabriel. Lush melody from leftfield, grungey phrasing and pagan shapes, Winterfield flows in tandem with each song’s unique sea of sound. “Can we be real?”

Classic bass lines, jangly guitar parts and Paul's Boutique-inspired loops bounce off elements of synth-pop and encounter bass heavy experiments redolent of Blanck Mass and other elements of the Norwegian electronic onslaught together with swelling psychedelic choruses, reminiscent of summer-kissed Ocean Rain-period Bunnymen, exploding into melodic, sun soaked wig-outs.

At heart, a studio album, designed for lone listening on headphones but as a shared experience is where it will really come to life. Their live appearances for Howlin’ were electric and key elements of Every Now & Then took on extra shape while touring Europe with fellow compatriots Tame Impala, successfully working out the structure of tracks in front of arena crowds.

Every Now & Then deftly covers a broad expanse of sound and mood. Say What You Feel gradually envelopes with it’s tireless drive and shape shifting form to an ecstatic peak, before Loose Ends cools down the pace with dubbed, fractured melodies. Give Me A Reason flips from muted funk pop to percolating, percussive house before seamlessly transitioning into a gyrating, teched up club tool. The glorious dynamism continues with Ordinary’s quantum leap chorus, while High Rotation possesses a sinister spirit, a chuggy druggy groove and compelling, cultish chanting. Colour Of Paradise closes out the record, a bittersweet beauty of surf melodies and euphoric synths - ‘searching through every grain of sand’, lifting off and leaving the earthly territory behind completely for a deeper, more celestial, spacey place.

From underwater liquid rhythm through to joyous, floating in the clouds sky highs, Every Now & Then is Jagwar Ma’s cathartic new injection we endeavour you to dose up on.
Two-stepping between pop, indie, electro, and even a little disco, San Francisco-born and Brooklyn-based artist, multi-instrumentalist, and producer Wingtip—aka Nick Perloff-Giles—keeps it classy and catchy at every turn. That’s why his breakout single “Rewind” [feat. Sophie Strauss] quickly became a global smash in late 2016. In under three months, the track went from being featured on Spotify’s “Young & Free” playlist to amassing over 12.2 million streams and counting. In addition, it received praise from Billboard, Dancing Astronaut, Indie Shuffle, My Old Kentucky Blog, and Neon Gold who dubbed him, “The logical heir apparent to The Knocks’ New York disco throne.” It all stems from his hypnotic hybridization of natural instrumentation and expansive production.

“At its height, electronic music can be really forceful, emotive, and kinetic, and it really expresses something directly,” he explains. “Rock, indie, and folk are a little more nuanced and subtle. Blending both is something I dig.”

That blend also came naturally to Perloff. Influenced by Arctic Monkeys and The Strokes, he went from playing guitar in rock bands during high school to composing electronic music on his laptop with inspirations ranging from Skrillex and Diplo to Baths and Gold Panda. The solo creative space proved liberating for the budding artist.

“When you’re in a band, it can be really difficult to motivate anyone else,” he remarks. “I started experimenting on my computer, and I didn’t have to deal with other personalities. At the same time, I realized I could incorporate a lot of the stuff I had done in bands. The vibe crystallized over time.”

Enrolling in Columbia University, he became a favorite at campus parties before releasing “Wonder” and “Keep You Warm” online. Prior to graduation, he recorded “Rewind” with Sophie Strauss—whom he met at a taping of The Daily Show—during just one hour of borrowed studio time. With its dance floor gloss, gliding guitar, funky bass, and unshakable croon, the track’s infectiousness is matched only by its immediacy.

“I wanted to create a song that juxtaposed the images of changing seasons and feeling differently in a relationship,” he goes on. “At the time when I wrote it, the leaves were changing, and it was nostalgic and weird. That was the mood I was in. Sometimes, relationships just end. You don’t feel the same way about a person as you initially did. It’s underdiscussed. Everyone always writes about somebody wronging them or finding a new person. This was a different avenue to explore.”

Signing to Republic Records at the top of 2017, Perloff continues to chart new territory and consistently engage audiences with his signature blend. “Music can directly connect and make listeners feel certain things or remember moments of their lives,” he leaves off. “It doesn’t just have to be about partying and escapism. I want to really reach people.”
Venue Information:
The Bowery Ballroom
6 Delancey St
New York, NY, 10002