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The members of Jai Alai know how to evoke a mood. Their songs are shimmering, warm, and slippery, the perfect soundtrack for introspective rainy days or dreamily soothing commutes. The cozy bass rumbles along, providing an elastic background for washes of electronics, sprinkles of guitar, and whispers of vocals. Breathy voice adds an appropriate touch of smoke to crisp guitar and tight percussion. The resulting blend of post-rock and electronic music sensibilities is both creative and comforting.

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  • Avatar for touchthatSPACE
    I saw their first-ever show, in Feb. '99 at the Mermaid Lounge, opening for Macha. Macha's set was maybe the most amazing one I've ever seen, but Jai Alai were good in their own restrained way. I heard back in the day that JA was formed by members of local hardcore / metal type bands, believe it or not. They went on to basically become the de facto opening band for any "post-rock" type bands that came through N.O. for the next half decade or so. I always used to joke that Thrill Jockey would sign them any minute (due to JA's unabashed attempts to emulate The Sea & Cake), but it never happened. And now Thrill Jockey is basically a heavy rock label... Go figure.
  • Avatar for lap_dog_shuffle
    just rediscovered these guys in my last.fm history from 2007, did they become jai ali savant? this is the image i remember of them...
  • Avatar for christiansstorm
    pretty sure the default pic is of jai alai savant...
  • Avatar for Scanibal_de
    really sea & cake-ish
  • Avatar for midwestprogress
    Fuck. Why are they not more popular?
  • Avatar for MonoMogwai
    Rediculously AWEOSME music all the way. WOW....
  • Avatar for Marux
    Amazing tunes. Music this good should never be lost.
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