Nicolas Jaar - Cenizas
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
2020 Ratings: #4 / 175
User Score
Based on 246 ratings
2020 Ratings: #81
Liked by 13 people
March 27, 2020 / Release Date
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Ambient, Electronic / Genres
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Loud and Quiet

As an album, Cenizas wanders, floats, drifts. Jaar’s work has always been experimental, but this record is without a doubt his most “challenging,” rife with exercises in drone, ambient, and noise, often at the same time.

The Line of Best Fit

The resulting music is slow and contemplative, and defined by the kind of sound-play which makes Jaar special.


On Cenizas, Nicolas Jaar unveils a static but emotional masterpiece, an album that doesn't challenge the listener as much as it invites them into his alien, meditative, astonishing world.

The Needle Drop

Nicolas Jaar's second album of 2020 is an evocative set of electroacoustic vignettes.


The Chilean American producer’s latest album is his most probing and existential, taking influences from all over his career and placing them into grim atmospheres that slip in and out of reality.

Nicolas Jaar fully encapsulates to me, what it means to be a producer; that is not bound by limitations but exercises his creativity in his music without restraint as he blurs the lines between electronics and live-instruments. Continually intriguing, through his various monikers and aliases, there is an underlying theme in his music whether it be in his solo releases or his A.A.L projects that exude so much intentionality and character, even though half the time he isn’t using his voice. ... read more
THANK YOU FOR 500 !!! (big review coming at the end of this week)

Impenetrable phoenix of electronic elegance, Nicolás Jaar is reborn from his ashes through a bewitching album, an exploration without limits, revealing an ever deeper and dreamlike universe. While the quarantine forces us to remain alone to reflect, to question ourselves, Jaar offers us a dark soundscape more introspective than ever.

This is only a farewell. Many have danced to his hit "Mi Mujer" or vibrated ... read more
Literally releasing two records in the first fourth of 2020, chill, Nicolas Jaar returns to his main work for his newest project. "Cenizas" is, yet again, a beautifully and distinctively-textured album from him, and also one of his most sonically varied project to date. The tightly-constructed synths blend together with the live instrumentation as well as ever here. But if there's one thing this lacks compared to his other works, it's cohesion.

Fav Tracks: Mud, Cenizas, Vanish, Faith ... read more
You know an ambient album is good when even *I* like it. Give this thing a spin please.
I'm not sure if this will hold up to multiple listens like something more immediate might, but writing this review now (a couple've days after I've first heard it) I love this a lot.
Edit: It's now a week after first hearing this and I love it even more.

All 13 tracks reviewed:
Vanish (84) is an ethereal opener informing the listener of the darkness to come. The line “say you’re coming back” is repeated multiple times before the songs moves into…
Menysid (85) reminds ... read more
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Added on: March 11, 2020