On Strange Paradise, Tigue, who are loosely described as a percussion trio, utilise drums, vibraphones, gongs, synths and other found items that make interesting sounds to create a soundscape that changes subtly in tone and rhythm as each musician reacts to one another’s actions. LP on NNA Tapes.
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If you enjoy getting a rhythm you will also enjoy getting this. Billed a percussion trio for purposes of immediately acclimatising you to their sound, Tigue have generated more nodding-forward body movements in me today than I’ve produced in a good twenty-five years of my life. Drummers, vibraphonists, gong-hitters, all of them; they’ve even put in a synth, which tends to play the same thing ad nauseum, and a bass, because sometimes you gotta have a bassline in there. When their sound climbs out of itself into beatless moments, it’s almost as if for a breather, like offering you what little respite you’d never get from Nissennenmondai. Then it’s back to it.
That’s “Triangle”, anyway. This band seem hyper-aware of the journey they’re crafting in these songs, seemingly swimming the channel on their way to a finale. “Contrails” is a long extended ambient cut with gorgeous, wispy synth skimming its way across a body of water. With light flecks of vibraphone, it sees the trio craft a sort of beatless response to their sound, totally on point and yet entirely different. They cap it off with the twenty-minute spark “Quilts”, whose sharp synth sound is soon joined by a thrashing percussive onslaught and a thrumming keyboard bassline. And again, my words fail me as my head starts bopping, excited for the finish line but even more exhilarated by the process of getting there.
What a fun record, and pretty too. maybe they’ll even treat you to some cowbell? Who can say.
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