Siempre es agradable tener noticias de Nicolas Jaar. En los últimos meses el bueno de Jaar estuvo trabajando en una banda sonora alternativa para la película The Color Of Pomegranates, dirigida en su por Sergei Parajanov y considerada desde siempre como una de la película esenciales de la cinematografía soviética. De gran belleza fotográfica, la película se adapta al imaginario sonoro de Jaar, quien le dedicó un total de 20 tracks sincronizados con la película, disponible desde ayer mismo en descarga gratuita.

Pues bien, Jaar sorprendía ayer publicando un tweet en el que regalaba el disco a quien quisiese descargárselo, ofreciendo un archivo con las 20 canciones, acompañadas de su correspondiente art-work. La versión ofrecida no sincroniza del todo con el film, aclarándose además los motivos que le llevaron a practicar este curioso ejercicio, después de que un amigo le hablase de la película y de como los cortes de Jaar encajaban en ella. En el archivo se comenta además que por ahora no será posible llevar a cabo el estreno de la banda sonora con la película proyectada, algo que por otra parte ha sido encajado con naturalidad por el propio Jaar.

The Color Of Pomegranates

Fotograma de The Color Of Pomegranates

Puedes descargarte el disco a través del siguiente link:

Os dejamos, a su vez, con un fragmento de la películas y las notas de Jaar acerca de este original proyecto, respetando su versión original:

  • I started making most of the music that is found on “pomegranates” before I had seen the movie or was aware of its existence. The first song, for example, was made on one of the first fall nights of 2014. I had just returned from a year-long Darkside tour and was really happy to be back home. I was making music in my living room when a huge water bug started dancing on top of some cables on the floor. Instead of killing it, I decided to make music for it. I called the song “Garden of Eden” because I slowly started seeing the little creature as my friend and helper, and my studio as a garden (with all the wires!).
  • The next song was originally made for a TV show that I was asked to score. When it became clear to me that the show was not what I signed up for, I decided to part ways, which left me with hours of soundtrack music. I only used a dozen minutes of it for “pomegranates”, not sure what to do with the rest! “Survival” was originally meant to be the backing track for “Ghetto”, a track I produced for Dj Slugo where he talks about growing up in Chicago.
  • “Shame” is a beat I made for a rapper, that was declined. At the end of 2014, I lived with my parents for six months while in between apartments. I didn’t have a studio, just a piano, some microphones and headphones. That’s when I wrote “Muse”. “Volver” is a choir version of an unreleased track called “Revolver” I made in 2011 that will come out this year hopefully. Anyways, I could go on and on. A the beginning of 2015 my friend Milo heard some of these songs and told me about the film. I watched it and was dumbfounded. I felt the aesthetic made complete sense with the strange themes I had been obsessed with over the past couple of years.. I was curious to see what my songs sounded like when synced with the images, which turned into a 2-day bender where I soundtracked the entire film, creating a weird collage of the ambient music I had made over the last 2 years.
  • The film gave me a structure to follow and themes to stick to. It gave clarity to this music that was made mostly out of and through chaos. It also gave me the balls to put it out… I wanted to do some screenings but the guy who owns the rights to Nthe film only wants the original version of the movie out there. I can’t blame him, I’m sure Paradjanov wouldn’t want some kid in NY pissing all over his masterpiece and calling it a soundtrack! I’ve listened to it a couple of times without watching the movie and I think it stands on its own. Or at least I hope it can!
  • I was still living at my childhood home when I finished “pomegranates”. On March 1st, I arrived in my new home and it was completely empty except for a baby tree. The owner was there to greet me and he asked me if I wanted to keep the baby tree because he had nowhere to put it and no one to give it to. I agreed to keep it and take care of it. Before he left I asked him what kind of tree it was. He told me it’s a pomegranate tree. He had no idea I had just put this out!