Jagwar Ma - Howlin
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Based on 16 reviews
2013 Ratings: #203 / 1032
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Based on 122 ratings
2013 Ratings: #137
June 10, 2013 / Release Date
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Marathon Artists / Label
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The best – and simplest – trick Jagwar Ma have pulled off is delivering an album with no rubbish on it.

The Line of Best Fit

Howlin is the kind of record designed for the live setting, as it’s just impossible to have the kind of party you’d need to fully appreciate it alone in your bedroom 

The 405

The duo find ways to keep things interesting even they're at their most straightforward, and it's this that makes Howlin such a fascinating album.

Drowned in Sound

The accomplished sonic collages of Howlin' finely balance Jagwar Ma's influences and in doing so transcends into something singularly thrilling and cohesive.


Howlin is an intoxicating first showing from a band with bags of potential and, although it loses its way somewhat towards the end, it is brimming with the confidence of a vastly more experienced band.


'Howlin' works impeccably as a whole. Equally uplifting and calming, it's the dancefloor via the beach. 


It’s silly enough to cause skepticism and charming enough to make you wonder what kind of scrutiny Screamadelica or Thrills, Pills & Bellyaches would meet if they were released in 2013.

Beats Per Minute

The pastiche is overpowering at times, reminding you of too many acts plus one, but Jagwar Ma’s happy-go-lucky brashness is irresistible.

Under The Radar

Their debut album Howlin continues to burrow into the baggy aesthetic, delivering luminously lit melodies led by anagogic lyrical structures. 

Consequence of Sound

These inconsistencies  wind up making Howlin’ somewhat of a hit or miss affair. But the hits are so strong that you won’t mind trudging through a few missteps along the way. 

A light heart and enjoyable psychedelic alternative dance which sounds like a modern day primal scream and they do wear that influence on their sleeve with proud and honor and that is fine as the record comes off as just straight fun even if it is nothing ground breaking,

Track Review

What Love 8/10
Uncertainty 8/10
The Throw 7.5/10
That Loneliness 7/10
Come Save Me 7.5/10
Four 7/10
Let Her Go 7.5/10
Man I Need 8/10
Excercise 7.5/10
Did You Have To 8/10
Backwards Berlin 7/10

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Pretty fun psychedelic album. Reminds me a lot of Primal Scream. It's obvious they were influenced by Tame Impala, another Australian band, who they opened for in 2013. If they were trying to take themselves seriously I would've been thrown off but the fact they're fine with wearing their influences on their sleeves makes me okay with it too.

Favorite Tracks: Exercise, Four, Backwards Berlin, Come Save Me
The first time I listened to Jagwar Ma, I was at work listening to it on headphones, after about 3 song I switched albums, I just wasn't that into it. Then, while pre-funking last night I decided to throw it on again, and my oh my, what a change of events. This album is incredibly fun and interesting and will be an album I put on at other parties again and again this summer.
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Track List

  1. What Love
  2. Uncertainty
  3. The Throw
  4. That Loneliness
  5. Come Save Me
  6. Four
  7. Let Her Go 
  8. Man I Need
  9. Excercise
  10. Did You Have To
  11. Backwards Berlin
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Added on: April 24, 2013