Producer Nico Jaar (’12) makes Pitchfork’s “best new music” list

You may not have heard of Brown student and producer Nicolas “Nico” Jaar (’12) yet, but if you’re a music snob, hipster or you’re stalking Jeff Mangum’s life, you will both know and love him very soon. Jaar’s debut album, Space is Only Noise (Circus Company), just earned a spot on Pitchfork’s “best new music” list with a score of 8.4. To put this in perspective, Kanye got a 10, Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs (recent Album of the Year winner) got an 8.6 and most other releases average around a 6. This is a really big deal. The review praises Jaar, calling him a “wunderkind” that “exhibits all of the earmarks of a rising techno star.” To hear some of Jaar’s music, check out either his website or his MySpace and see for yourself what the buzz is about. He even has one track entitled “The Student”–maybe it’s a shout out to his position here at Brown.

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