Pomegranates (album)

Pomegranates is a 2015 album by Nicolás Jaar, intended as an unofficial alternative soundtrack to the 1969 film The Colour of Pomegranates.[1][2]

Pomegranates
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 24, 2015[1]
GenreElectronic, experimental
Length75:15
LabelOther People
Nicolas Jaar chronology
Space Is Only Noise
(2011)
Pomegranates
(2015)
Sirens
(2016)

ProductionEdit

Pomengranates was produced as an unofficial alternative soundtrack to the 1969 Soviet Armenian film The Colour of Pomegranates, which was directed by Sergei Parajanov.[1][2] Jaar first watched the film in 2015, at a friend's suggestion.[3] By this time, he had already composed some of the songs that would later appear on the album.[3] In a note accompanying the released album, Jaar wrote that he was "dumbfounded" by his first viewing of the film:[3]

"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."[3]

Jaar described the record as an "extremely personal" one, while also stating that, with Pomegranates, he had "failed at doing the kind of ambient record [he] really wanted to do."[4]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLength
1."Garden of Eden"5:40
2."Construction"5:44
3."Pass the Time"3:48
4."Survival"5:20
5."The Fool and His Harem"3:30
6."Nothingness"1:57
7."Near Death"3:19
8."Beasts of This Earth"4:22
9."Fall Into Time"2:24
10."Folie à deux"3:18
11."Screams at the Edge of Dawn"2:23
12."Divorce"3:53
13."Three Windows"5:11
14."Tourists"4:06
15."Shame"1:55
16."Tower of Sin"1:32
17."Club Kapital"4:56
18."Volver"2:42
19."Spirit"3:32
20."Muse"5:43

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Consequence of SoundB[5]
Pitchfork7.6/10[2]

Mark Richardson, writing for Pitchfork, wrote that "there are long stretches, particularly in the early going, where it's more of a sound piece than what is usually described as 'music', but the album's second half contains some of Jaar's loveliest tunes."[2] Sasha Geffen, writing for Consequence of Sound, said that given its length, "Pomegranates doesn't always feel like an album or a soundtrack so much as it feels like an experiment in sculpting time."[5]

A screening of The Colour of Pomegranates featuring a live performance of Jaar's alternative soundtrack was originally advertised for 22 February 2017, at the Cinefamily in Los Angeles, California.[6] However, this performance was replaced with the film's original soundtrack, due to objections from the Parajanov-Vartanov Institute and The Film Foundation that the live performance would not present the film as Parajanov intended it.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Evan Minsker (24 June 2015). "Nicolas Jaar Releases Free Album Pomegranates". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Mark Richardson (8 July 2015). "Nicolás Jaar Pomegranates". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d Medved, Matt (2015-06-25). "Nicolas Jaar Drops Surprise Album 'Pomegranates'". Billboard. Archived from the original on 2020-06-12. Retrieved 2021-07-31.
  4. ^ Walls, Seth Colter (2016-09-30). "Nicolas Jaar: 'The only thing I was excited about was, can electronic music be political?'". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2021-07-30.
  5. ^ a b Sasha Geffen (1 July 2015). "Nicolas Jaar – Pomegranates". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ "The Color of Pomegranates w/ original score by Nicolas Jaar at Cinefamily, Los Angeles (2017) ⟋ RA". Resident Advisor. 2017. Archived from the original on 2021-07-31. Retrieved 2021-07-30.
  7. ^ Parajanov-Vartanov Institute. "News". Parajanov-Vartanov Institute. Archived from the original on 2021-07-31. Retrieved 2021-07-31.