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- Inside The Ships by Tarwater
8/10 Li'l Biz Staff review, 08 September 2011
These lads have managed ten studio albums before my ears finally got around to listening to them properly, shame on me. This Berlin based duo comprised of budding electronics enthusiasts Ronald Lippok (also of To Roccoco Rot) and Bernd Jestram have forged a unique sound over the years that flirts with the principles of Krautrock whilst maintaining a pop sensibility that sees the group commonly labeled as 'indietronics', a phrase I rather like to be honest. It's certainly an easy way to classify their organic electronic style without being derogative or pigeonholing the band. 'Inside The Ships' was originally conceived as a space-opera which strikes me as a plausible idea in the hands of these lads. Throughout the eleven tracks on offer here a broad spectrum of musical themes are covered (Kraut-grooves, minimalist electronica, organic pop, avant-garde composition, classical pop, jazz-fusion) yet they all share in common a cold, methodical approach that could easily be associated with the emotional detachment of space travel and the vast emptiness of the universe. The surprise here is the range of instruments used to create the desired sounds with brass, mallets, live percussion and guitars making regular appearances. Other surprises are the inclusion of the Plastic Ono Band's 'Do The Oz' which is treated to a full Tarwater makeover and works as effectively as anything else here, even with the addition of a saxophone solo. Top little album and an office favourite so I'm told.
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