Padang Food Tigers make drone music with conventional instruments: guitars, pianos and banjos slowed and focused on for the specifics. This release was originally part of an eleven-tape collection on experimental label Bathetic, but is now getting a solo release; 'Running My Hands Clean' features an improvised and avant-garde approach to a variety of contributions, including trumpet playing from Emil Strandberg, as well as guitar and harp sounds. Padang Food Tigers' interest in the small details of folk and rock instruments recalls the intuitions of New Weird America and Americana at the same time.
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Here's a lovely tape from Padang Food Tigers that was originally part of an 11-tape collection on Bathetic but now gets a solo release. This lot have an airy and sometimes disjointed Americana-ambient approach featuring field recordings, fret squeaks and gentle twangs and plinks that fall in and out of shape in a mysterious but measured way.
A trumpet appears on opener 'Calyx Malpractice Suit' which gives things a very likeable, slightly jazzy tinge and fills out the empty space between the intermittent plucking and hammering of strings. 'Salacious Bee Amputee' on side B is another highlight with some lithe Steve Gunn-ish guitar twinkles offset by shiverily bowed cello. All in all it's very pretty stuff, grounding the weightless amorphousness of drone in some more earthy folk traditions to good effect.
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