Jagaara are three North London-based sisters, Jane (vocals/guitar), Cat (keys/synths), and Ruth (guitar). With inspiration from everything from folk, rock, electronica, and even film scores, it’s difficult to initially know what to expect from this trio, but they undoubtedly have these influences under control. Having played a handful of hometown shows earlier this year before being invited to Latitude Festival, playing to a well-deserved packed out tent, Jagaara are now set for many more upcoming shows, including an Eat Your Own Ears residency at London’s The Waiting Room.
The trio is also set to release AA side ‘Faultline / Heartbeats’ at the end of this month, and I’ve fallen for it. Take 3 sisters with tight harmonies and an overwhelming sense of cool and it’s difficult not to be slightly reminded of Haim, but these girls know how to make it their own; think a mix of Haim, The XX and James Blake. While to refer to them as a British Haim is somewhat accurate, it’s by no means all they are. They’re hypnotic and powerful and (as I’m currently finding out) very, very difficult to fault. Having grown up singing, playing and writing together, it’s clear that Jagaara are a strong, very talented bunch; the strength in Jane’s vocals is faultlessly backed by her sisters’ harmonies. They’re indescribably more-ish: something I didn’t know was missing from my music collection, but definitely is. Jagaara are well on their way to becoming one of my favourite new bands of the year.
‘Faultline/Heartbeats’ is out 29th September and, if you like what you hear, catch these talented siblings live:
18th September / The Finsbury, London
25th September / (EYOE Residency) The Waiting Room, London
1st October /(EYOE Residency) The Waiting Room, London
9th October / Norwich Sound & Vision Festival, Norwich
10th October / The Hope, Brighton
11th October / Club NME – Unit, Southampton
15th October / Oakford Social Club / Free Entry
16th October / 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth / Free Entry
17th October / The Birdcage, Bristol / Free Entry