Want to know how to automatically make a music video interesting? Film it underwater. There’s something so mysterious and spooky about it that makes the video so much more intriguing to watch. The latest from Nicolas Jaar pairs “Noise” with shots of the producer wading in the water. It’s a simple concept, but it’s nonetheless beautiful and fitting for the song. Check out the mesmerizing visuals above.
The Avant/Garde Diaries, who premiered the video, also got to sit down with Jaar to discuss his forthcoming project, Darkside, what influenced the project, and the relationship between deliberation and creation. Take a look at some of the highlights from the interview below.
On how he “discovers sound”
“Improvising has always been the most exciting way to get at something new and internal. Music allows you to be in a state of mind where you’re just letting go. I think everyone is that way, even a soccer player, for instance. The best soccer player can be seen as a combination of pure passion and method. The passion part of it is letting go, even though you know all the rules. You’re in the heat of the moment.”
On producing, allowing music to take a life of its own, and deliberation
“A lot of the songs from my album were actually made in very, very little time… The idea began and finished there.  If it has it’s own life, then it’s really, really exciting. I like seeing it as other. That’s really amazing.”
On the themes explored in Darkside
“There are themes I’ve been really obsessed with in the past year that I’m trying to comprehend through my music. The first theme is noise. It’s very obvious for our time, but I just can’t get away from it. And there are a lot of layers to the idea of noise… Aside from noise, America has been another theme. America, what does it mean? When Obama was elected in 2008, I was a freshman in college. We had all voted for the first time. I thought there would be peace on earth. I don’t know why. This incredible campaign of change really got to my head. Fast forward to now, and I think things are pretty dark.”
On his current “dark” perspective and purging those anxieties
“Idealism in music can be very beautiful. But I can’t be in an idealistic mindset anymore. I don’t know whether it’s the fact that I feel like we’re living in dark times right now, or if it’s because I just graduated from school and realized the world is a big, bad, cold place. Reality just hits you… I would love to purge all of these bad, noisy things, and go back to a place where I just wanted to talk to you about clouds and birds and water and love. I’ve worked very hard to purge. I hope this is an exorcism.  But I do hope it’s a balance… I hope it’s more of a beautiful balance where you have to go between one and the other.”