You couldn’t really call it an EP, it’s a single, a 12”, two sides, two seven-minute cuts, but in its weight, in what it offers, in how it feels – and in how it ends up sounding, I reckon it’s EP-worthy. A little slice of an album…
Nymphs II is Nicolas Jaar offering a Radiohead-like slow-crawler in The Three Sides of Audrey & Why She’s All Alone Now, hints too of his Darkside work, that purposeful, momentum-gathering creep, a sneak of groove finally emerging.
Nymphs II is also Nicolas Jaar with an Aphex Twin-like coaster on the flipside, his No One Is Looking at U feels like Drive soundtrack-Cliff Martinez mingling with the very fine work of Theo Parrish on his similarly placed/spaced two-track 12/ep, Footwork.
Nymphs II is Jaar having fun stretching vocals to breaking point, they melt away and leave proud, fluid basslines.
How Jaar manages to combine look-over-your-shoulder lurking creepiness with dance-in-the-dark abandon is one of his great skills. No One Is Looking, particularly, is the masterwork here; worth your time, worthy for anyone’s collection. It’s the very best bits of The K&D Sessions and the glitch-step Radiohead poured over that treacly-lush, limber and lithe sound of Darkside.