Norwegian iconic octet Jaga Jazzist, who celebrated their 20th anniversary last year, are releasing a new album in June. Entitled Starfire, the effort is inspired by life in Los Angeles, where Jaga’s main songwriter, Lars Horntveth, moved to in late 2012. “There, on the other side of the world, inspired by the space around him, the size of the sky above him, the endless light flashing past as he drove round the city at night, he began composing the new suite of works which would become Starfire”, describes the press release. It adds that the album sees the band moving to a more experimental studio-led approach. “The idea was that we thought about the songs as both the original song and a remix in one”.
Starfire is due out on June 1st via Ninja Tune. Luckily, we can already get a taster of what they’ll be throwing at us with the colossal title track, a thrillingly sublime and pulsating affair. Listen to ‘Starfire’ below.