What We Must

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What We Must
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 25, 2005 (2005-04-25)
RecordedJuly-December 2004
StudioPiethopraxis, Germany
Propeller Music Division, Norway
Uphon Studios, Germany
GenrePost-rock, ambient electronica, jazz fusion
LabelNinja Tune
ProducerKåre Christoffer Vestrheim, Marcus Schmickler
Jaga Jazzist chronology
The Stix
What We Must
One-Armed Bandit
Professional ratings
Review scores
Pitchfork Media7.7/10[1]

What We Must is the fourth studio album by the Norwegian band Jaga Jazzist. It was released 25 April 2005 by Ninja Tune.[5]


The album was produced by Kåre Christoffer Vestrheim and Marcus Schmickler. It was recorded by Mario Thaler in Uphon Studios, Germany July 2004, by Marcus Schmickler in Piethopraxis, Germany August 2004 and by Mike Hartung and Kåre Christoffer Vestrheim in Propeller Music Division, Norway October-December 2004. Mixed by Kåre Christoffer Vestrheim and Mike Hartung in Propeller Music Dicision, December 2004. Mastered by Mike Hartung in Propeller Music Division.

Design of the album by Kim Hiorthøy and, to lesser extent, by Harald Frøland and Andreas Hessen Schei.

The title of the album was borrowed from a fanzine for Nieves Publishers[6].


Sputnikmusic included the album in their list of top albums of 2005, at #52.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All music arranged by Jaga Jazzist with Kåre Christoffer Vestrheim and Marcus Schmickler.

1."All I Know Is Tonight"Lars Horntveth, Andreas Hessen Schei7:40
2."Stardust Hotel"Jørgen Munkeby, Lars Horntveth, Mathias Eick6:28
3."For All You Happy People"Andreas Mjøs, Lars Horntveth3:58
4."Oslo Skyline"Lars Horntveth5:31
5."Swedenborgske Rom"Andreas Hessen Schei8:46
6."Mikado"Lars Horntveth5:57
7."I Have A Ghost, Now What?"Lars Horntveth7:32
Total length:46:00


  • Mathias Eick - trumpet, upright bass, vibraphone, keyboards, solina strings, vocals
  • Ketil Vestrum Einarsen - flute, alto flute, toy sax, wind controller
  • Harald Frøland - guitars and effects
  • Lars Horntveth - guitars, Bb clarinet, bass-clarinet, soprano sax, Mellotron, keyboards, lap steel, glockenspiel, tamboura, vocals
  • Line Horntveth - tuba, percussion, vocals
  • Martin Horntveth - drums, percussion, gong, vocals
  • Andreas Mjøs - guitars, vibraphone, Omnichords, marimba, percussion, glockenspiel
  • Even Ormestad - bass, SH-101, baritone guitar, piano, marimba
  • Andreas Hessen Schei - Synthesizers, Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer, piano, Mellotron, vocals
  • Lars Wabø - trombone, euphonium

Additional sound

  • Kåre Christoffer Vestrheim - keyboards, Theremin, percussion


  1. ^ "Pitchfork Media review".
  2. ^ "Sputnikmusic review".
  3. ^ "BBC review".
  4. ^ "rockmusicreview review".
  5. ^ "What We Must by Jaga Jazzist". Ninja Tune. Retrieved 2019-03-02.
  6. ^ "Nieves". nievesbooks.com. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  7. ^ "Best Albums of 2005 | Sputnikmusic". www.sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 2019-03-04.