Nicolas Jaar - Telas
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2020 Ratings: #374 / 673
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Based on 247 ratings
2020 Ratings: #346
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July 17, 2020 / Release Date
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Exclaim!

With Telas, Jaar has forged an ambient showpiece, using au courant methods, tones and arrangements to investigate energy, God and consciousness — that which can neither be created nor destroyed.

90
Spectrum Culture

Telas isn’t going to convert anyone to the kind of producer Jaar is, but for those willing to learn how to navigate it, this is legitimately an “Album of the Year”-worthy record—a feat made more impressive by being his third excellent record of the year.

80
FLOOD Magazine

In all, Telas continues to prove that few artists do electronic world-building and immersion quite like Nicolás Jaar. Even at an indulgent running time, Jaar has crafted a terrain of gorgeous, eerie soundscapes that bear his unmistakable patina.

80
Crack Magazine
Jaar’s gift is that he not only sees beauty in all of this, but teases it out in gaps of sparse instrumentation that feel vital.
77
Beats Per Minute
Telas continues to display his determination to explore completely new realms, even if that means sacrificing moments that immediately jump out, like a beat or a hook or even a repeated melody. This is one for the intrepid sonic explorers, unafraid to enter a world that doesn’t cohere to any structure they’ve known before – and if you go in with that mindset, there’s plenty to be unearthed.
75
Pitchfork

One of Telas’ joys is the way he shifts his sonics fluidly and frequently, without the gridded template of a danceable beat.

60
The Arts Desk

Jaar’s work remains distinctly strange yet compelling on Telas and rarely lurches into formless noodling.

60
NME
It’s not something you’ll be hankering to press play on repeatedly. Not that it’s bad music: excuse the pretension, but it really is an experience; one that would lend itself better to accompanying Jaar’s physical art installations than a standard album listen.
60
The Needle Drop

Telas sounds like a collection of glitchy and electroacoustic leftovers—which, granted, mostly sound good—glued into quasi-longform pieces.

WhatTheFunk
73
Instead of letting us glimpse a horizon of plenitude - as we might have expected when listening to "Cenizas", his first solo album of 2020 - Nicolas Jaar seems to throw a new veil of mystery over his prolific work with "Telas", at the same time as he clears up a few avenues of reflection.

The fourth discographic project in 2020 of the Chilean-American musician and producer (if we count the EP gathering FKA twigs and Lydia Lunch, and its long format under the nickname ... read more
Doofy
78
More of an ambient release... but it's an ambient release that keeps you guessing throughout its runtime.

Surprisingly one of his most adventurous.
CLJesse
78
Two good ass ambient records in a year. Jaar is kicking ass in 2020.
zachthesnack
81
All I’m going to say is that this record was a fantastic substitute for the Minecraft Soundtrack today 😂

Nicolas Jaar is the gift that keeps on giving, he’s been on an absolute tear as of late.
lachlantula
90
Jaar is a fucking genius; the everchanging and dynamic nature of this album is made even more awe-inspiring considering the meticulously-designed textures on show here. Absolutely masterful.
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Track List

  1. Telahora
  2. Telencima
  3. Telahumo
  4. Telallás
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Added on: May 23, 2020