David Tyack was part of the Twisted Nerve gang that featured Andy Votel, Badly Drawn Boy and Jane Weaver, he played drums in Misty Dixon with Jane Weaver. He tragically died in 2002, around the time that he had been working under the name Luxury Apartments. The results of his purposeful experiments and improvisation led to what we have here - a mix of mechanical folk and darkly ambient music.
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7/10 Jim Staff review, 01 August 2015
Luxury Apartments was a solo project of David Tyack, the German born, Derbyshire raised Twisted Nerve prodigy who tragically died in 2002. Apparently these recordings were completed shortly before his untimely death, and show an all-embracing adventurousness in the scope and emotional range of the music, which ranges from brooding dark-ambience, improvised folk and dreamy DIY electronica.
As with his long-standing band Dakota Oak Trio (D.O.T.), there’s a certain rough-hewn, rustic sensibility to the music, with each section developing and segueing into the next organically- giving the whole thing a somnambulant, drifting feel. In the same way the playing and arrangements often feel exploratory and playful rather than the product of painstaking post-production, so even at its most abstract and oceanic, there’s always a human touch and sense of intimacy to the sounds.
Obvious comparisons would be Brian Eno and maybe even some Black Dog, both in terms of eclecticism and the kind of sound worlds Tyack inhabits. Getting this out has been a real labour of love from Demdlike Stare and Andy Votel’s Dead-Cert label, with full support from Tyack’s family –and so it feels like an extra privilege to have the chance to enjoy this music that could’ve so easily disappeared into obscurity.
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