Don't Delay, bringers of the excellent AEVA 12" from earlier this year, are back for a second round of wax disc pressing. This time, it's courtesy of Tongue, a combo of 2 trombones, vocals and electronics, bringing the elephant sound, delicate drones and choral-electronic duets to your ears. Anything could happen.
9/10 Robin Staff review, 13 September 2017
Nicely weirded, Tongue. What this band make out of a struggle is marvellous: their holy trinity of trombones, vocals and electronics make for an EP of writhing, half-completed pop music, as if these songs were wading through the bad underwater level of a wonderful video game.
“How Nice It Is” offers languishing trombone notes and a swarm of vocal coos, both stomped on by beats that leave the footprint of a dinosaur on proceedings. It sounds both delicate and unrooting, recalling the newer electronic developments of Adult Jazz with kinda glorious results. “You Say / Hallelujah Me” sees a short, snappy aphorism on the horn loop into a majestic calamity of fanfare noise not dissimilar from Sufjan Stevens’ work on ‘The Age of Adz’ -- the record makes a real racket out of its sparse framework, this track burrowing itself into near-techno bleat and a euphoric looped outro.
Flip it and the band continue their gleeful disregard for the musical constitution, pushing their instruments onto a cantankerous drone of horns that recalls Yoshi Wada at full blast. Then you get “Thanks Being”, where they segue into a marching movement before quickly dovetailing it back into the trombone’s booming, tectonic bass notes. Honestly, I can’t believe I put off listening to this for so long -- it’s a fantastic bit of bleat.
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