Jagwar Ma
Every Now & Then

Future Classic

Following a close encounter with a shark, Australian psych dance trio Jagwar Ma abandoned the New South Wales wilderness, where they had sought inspiration for the follow-up to 2013’s acclaimed debut Howlin’, and decamped to the French countryside and then the less glamorous setting of an industrial estate in north London. It was here that they bumped into DJ/producer Andrew Weatherall and while much of Every Now & Then had been written by this point, Weatherall’s influence can be heard in the morphing baggy-beat pop psychedelia. Compared with their debut, this effort leans more towards electronic dance than indie rock. Featuring the drumming of Warpaint’s Stella Mozgawa, lead single O B 1 is a frenetic blast of 80s synth pop and only bettered by the dreamy hip hop groove of Ordinary and the expansive, seven-minute Give Me a Reason. It’s the band’s most epic single to date and a sprawling Screamadelica-esque tune that would make Weatherall proud, ending in a very different space to where it began.