Jagwar Ma’s Top Five Sitar Songs


    The Top Five is a brand-new feature where we ask your favorite artists to create a list of five things revolving around anything that comes to their mind. Whether’s it’s their five favorite Sega Genesis games or their five most cherished pieces of tupperware, it’s all for them to decide and for you to read.

    In our latest installment, Australian duo Jagwar Ma share their Top Five Sitar Songs, a list that admittedly goes hand in hand with their “kaleidoscopic blend of shimmering beach pop, psych synths, and electronic beats.”

    “Tomorrow Never Knows” – The Beatles

    This is in fact one of the best songs ever. One of the first uses of a drum loop in popular music and a great example of a song that pretty much just uses one chord a perfect composition for a sitar drone.


    “Paint it Black” – Rolling Stones

    A great example of Brian Jones contribution to the experimental side of the Stones and a landmark in their sound palette broadening.

    “Love Buzz” – Shocking Blue

    Obviously made famous again in the 90s via Kurt Cobain and the Nirvana cover. This is an absolute gem of a track and yet another tasteful dose of sitar drones in a pop track.

    “Norwegian Wood” – The Beatles

    One of the earliest examples of sitar in popular western music and testament to George Harrison’s sonic exploration.


    “Illusions” – Cyprus Hill

    Had to put a hip hop track in there didn’t I? Where there’s weed the sitar isn’t far behind.


    This week, their full-length debut, Howlin, hits American stores via Marathon Artists. The band itself will follow this fall for their first North American tour, starting September 30th at New York’s Mercury Lounge. Consult the dates below.

    Jagwar Ma 2013 Tour Dates:
    09/30 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
    10/01 – Brooklyn, NY @ Glasslands
    10/03 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
    10/04 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo