Between the 17th and 18th century, the Mayans had a secret weapon: The Chilam Bilam, or the Jaguar Priest. Chosen at birth, they kept this prophet underground never to see the light of the sun. Down beneath the earth’s surface, the Chilam Bilam would go into various trance states, compiling esoteric writings under his namesake. The village paid close attention to his many predictions, which signaled everything from famine to the invasion of the Spaniards.
Tryptamine’s now fifth release, Jaguar Priest, sets out to shed light on this forgotten enigmatic figure. This EP is a love letter to forgotten ritual and magick; a retroactive soundtrack to an arcane moment in humanity’s timeline. Beginning with the sweeping tribal cadence of “Balam” (opening a specific pathway for the tracks that follow), to the freighted ambient tissue of the EP’s closer, “Fortuner”, Jaguar Priest will be sure to clear a path through the alchemical fog.