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The swell emerges slowly on Sines before a mighty storm of sound unfolds. The album’s opening track Blind Them With Science erupts in cacophonous splendour as if to tell the world that Jakob has awoken from a long slumber. It’s a record that Jakob fans have waited upon for eight years. Some patiently, some feverishly, some believing that it might not ever arrive at all. As on their previous three albums and two EPs, Sines is built upon lushness and texturing. A journey that spits with menace and relapses into beauty as The sound of Jakob has ever been evolving, but is always unmistakeable.

This, New Zealand’s most formidable sonic instrumental three-piece, formed in the sleepy seaside town of Napier, Hawke’s Bay in 1998. Their debut album Subsets Of Sets (2002) put them on the map, their sophomore Cale:Drew (2005) solidified them as one of the country’s true explorative musical outfits and their third album Solace (2006) took them to the world. On the back of Solace’s release they toured Europe, the UK, Australasia and the USA with the likes of Isis, Pelican, Cog and The Hidden Hand. As their reputation continued to build they were twice personally invited to tour with American prog-rock heroes Tool throughout Australia and New Zealand, and toured alongside Damo Suzuki, frontman for seminal German psychedelic band Can.

Their previous album Solace was released in 2006 and in the eight years that have ensued various obstacles were thrown in the way of a new Jakob album materialising.

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  • a_spaceman

    Sooo good live in Auckland last night! Really stellar setlist

    15 Nov 8:30am Reply
  • Skanking_Skippy

    New album is killer, I love how the crescendos rise, but how the echoes pulsate underneath continuously. Beautiful and powerful work.

    9 Nov 2:44am Reply
  • AnUnholyVoid

    After the disappointment last time, a UK tour can't come quick enough. New album is, as per usual, a resounding success. Cannot wait to hear them live.

    7 Nov 5:22pm Reply
  • Murtain

    I never thought my favourite track on the album was gonna be one completely devoid of drums. Emergent is simply fantastic. The whole album is. The wait was definitely worth it.

    6 Nov 4:37pm Reply
  • manichateball

    man, what happened to that sludgy track from the 2011 demo teaser? :/ (or did I totally miss that?)

    4 Nov 12:55am Reply
  • Spherallic

    if they made an all-ambient record similar to "Saint" or the latest title track, i'd eat that shit up. [2]

    2 Nov 9:13pm Reply
  • Lucyfier

    New pic live.

    1 Nov 11:25am Reply
  • Festrada1987

    Magna Carta.

    1 Nov 8:59am Reply
  • SasserReturns

    glad i'm not alone on the subject, i was worried people didn't know what to like anymore

    26 Oct 4:38pm Reply
  • SasserReturns

    so glad the album came out. and it was amazing like i expected. this band is like, the last of my favorites still making music

    26 Oct 4:47am Reply
  • thehatchet777

    Pretty stellar album. Really enjoying Harmonia and Resolve

    25 Oct 9:15pm Reply
  • sponda_it

    Jakob are the powerful and overwhelming side of post-rock genre. No comparisons with other bands.

    25 Oct 12:30pm Reply
  • rusty_ronin

    Magna Carta indeed.. and all the rest

    24 Oct 10:36pm Reply
  • Derek-H

    Yes and yes to all of that, sonofawidow. I believe I read in an interview that they'll be touring the U.S. at some point in 2015.

    23 Oct 11:27pm Reply
  • sonofawidow

    though if i had to choose between tour or new LP, i'd rather they toured. specifically the states. more specifically california. most specifically san francisco.

    23 Oct 8:53pm Reply
  • sonofawidow

    if they made an all-ambient record similar to "Saint" or the latest title track, i'd eat that shit up. and as much as i really really dig the string parts on Sines (fantastic record altogether btw, well worth the wait), nothing beats the cello in "Faye" from Cale/Drew. fingers crossed they manage to get back into the studio soon!

    23 Oct 8:51pm Reply
  • misterioss

    Magna Carta

    21 Oct 1:53pm Reply
  • Derek-H

    I think I can hear that.

    21 Oct 8:13am Reply
  • SinsOfArcadia

    The title track reminded me of Hammock, actually. It could fit particularly well on "Departure Songs".

    21 Oct 2:08am Reply
  • Derek-H

    "It's like the best track SOTL never made." – I don't know if I'd pick SOTL as a comparison, personally, but I will agree that there's a (very nice) inclusion of drone buried in there. It actually gives me a similar vibe to the last few minutes of GY!BE's Antennas To Heaven. (Which is probably among the best few minutes of music ever recorded, if you ask me.) Definitely a stellar comparison.

    20 Oct 8:31pm Reply
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