TUNNG
Mother's Daughter and Other Songs
The Pioneers

[Static Caravan, www.staticcaravan.org]

Whether we're forced to adopt the "folktronica" label - denoting bands that choose to use acoustic instruments along with their laptops - is not important. After all, trends come and go and most anything you tend to listen to nowadays seems to be cyclical anyhow. With that in mind, are the sounds being served up by British outfit Tunng [pronounced same way the piece of flesh that hangs from the roof of your mouth] folktronica or is there something more boiling underneath? Preceded by a few 7" singles, their debut full length "Mother's Daughter and Other Songs" sounds like a fair assessment of the British folk scene, past and present. So what if they mix in bits and pieces of processed vocals and laptop noise? This doesn't detract nor does it add all that much to the final mix. Producer / guitarist Mike Lindsay and guitarist and singer Sam Genders created the world of Tunng from scratch. They knew that addition of tightly controlled glitches and oddly shaped samples would add a quality to the album that would make it ultimately stand out from the rest of the crowd. Other than the fact that Gender's voice tends to resemble an even sadder Robert Wyatt [which in my books is actually a good quality], the music isn't necessarily sad. Sure, it has a bit of a morose quality but for the most part, the sounds are acoustic that with the help of various electronics actually uplift the soul. I don't particularly understand how you can fall into depression listening to this stuff, but the again, I'm not good at reading people's minds. Just maybe Tunng's music could find a far greater audience if they made their songs into pure dance-hall, beat-crazy items? Perhaps not. When you hear something like "Surprise Me" - as Genders delicately murmurs some lovely texts, while the band provides some awkwardly skewed electronics, this is as close as the band will come to having a dance hit. My favourite numbers are still the softer, more toned down pieces. "Tale From Black" takes Gender's softening vocal qualities and shapes them into a morose tale of the middle ages [my guess]. By adding a few quality samples, the epic tune [by radio's standards] retains a warm quality, while enticing the listener to return to feed more often.
"The Pioneers" EP is a brief single format study, which features a stunning new track from their just released second full length, "Comments of the Inner Chorus". The title track is another move towards fully embracing the folk movement, while slipping in gentle intrusions of electronics throughout to give it a more enticing quality. The cream on the EP is the video for "Fair Doreen". Directed by Megan Majewski, this computerized, animated clip reminds me of some of the spooky work The Residents did in the mid 80's. Featuring two characters that chase one another through a dim-lit house, it looks like the perfect video accompaniment to a song that with its stark quality already drew unsettling pictures in my mind. Picture perfect audio from a band whose big day has yet to come.
- Tom Sekowski


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RECENZJE

+ Xenia Beliayeva - Ultra Glamour
+ Past Present Future
+ Total 7
+ Peeping Tom - Peeping Tom
+ Asmus Tietchens - Geboren, um zu Dienen
+ Silverware
+ Anthony Rother - Super Space Model
+ Spank Rock - YoYoYoYoYo
+ Radio 4 - Enemies Like This
+ Primal Scream - Riot City Blues
+ The Presets - Beams
+ Oakenfold - A Lively Mind
+ Nitzer Ebb - Body Of Work
+ Mummer - SoulOrganismState
+ Leafcutter John - The Forest & The Sea
+ Follow The Leader
+ Killing Joke - Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell
+ Hassle Hound - Limelight Cordial
+ Gigolo Showcase No. 9
+ Garden - Round & Round
+ The Futureheads - News And Tributes
+ Fovea Hex - Huge
+ No-Neck Blues Band & Embryo - Embryonnck
+ Ekkehard Ehlers - A Life Without Fear
+ Current 93 - Black Ships Ate The Sky
+ The Whitest Boy Alive - Dreams
+ F.S. Blumm - Summer Kling
+ Aidan Baker - Oneiromancer
+ Atari Teenage Riot - 1992 - 2000
+ DJ 3000 - Migration
+ Thom Yorke - The Eraser
+ Eremite Records - drobny asumpt do większej eksploracji
+ Midlake - The Trials Of Van Occupanther
+ Grandaddy - Just Like the Fambly Cat
+ Hati - Mantra - I. Prehistory of Hati: vol. 1
+ Arol Wulf-Zendik - You've Been Gone
+ Joseph Holbrooke Trio - The Moat Recordings
+ Keiji Haino - Global Ancient Atmosphere

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+ MICHAEL VINER'S INCREDIBLE BONGO BAND - Bongo Rock
+ OWL XOUNDS EXPLODING GALAXY - The Myth of Time - An Elastic Experience
+ ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT - Dead Funny
+ IRENE SCHWEIZER - First Choice - Piano Solo KKL Luzern
+ THE NECKS - Chemist
>> TUNNG - Mother's Daughter and Other Songs / The Pioneers
+ MR. ANONYMOUS - Mr. Anonymous
+ HENRIK RYLANDER - Formation
+ MICHAEL MARCUS TRIO - Soulifications / THE COSMOSAMATICS - Magnitudes
+ DEEP BLUE ORGAN TRIO - Goin' To Town - Live at the Green Mill CD / DVD
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Re-Bop: The Savoy Remixes / THE BASEMENT BOYS PRESENT MUDBOY JONES - The Basement Boys Present Mudboy Jones
+ ERNEST DAWKINS' NEW HORIZONS ENSEMBLE - The Messenger - Live at the Original Velvet Lounge CD / DVD
+ LUC FERRARI - Son Memorise
+ UTE VOLKER - Anthrazit - Akkordeon Solo
+ MUMMER - SoulOrganismState
+ JOHN PEEL AND SHEILA - The Pig's Big 78s - A Beginner's Guide
+ DJ NAUGHTY - One DJ Naughty Night in Berlin
+ KAMMERFLIMMER KOLLEKTIEF - Remixed
+ ONE SECOND BRIDGE - One Second Bridge / MARSEN JULES - Les Fleurs
+ VARIOUS ARTISTS - Musics in the Margin
+ ANDRE GONCALVES & KENNETH KIRSCHNER - Resonant Objects
+ WHIT DICKEY - Sacred Ground / DENNIS GONZALEZ BOSTON PROJECT - No Photograph Available
+ PIMMON - Secret Sleeping Birds
+ GARDEN - Round & Round
+ CARL HANCOCK RUX - Good Bread Alley
+ NOW ORCHESTRA & MARILYN CRISPELL - Pola
+ EVAN PARKER TRIO & PETER BROTZMANN TRIO - The Bishop's Move
+ LIBERTY ELLMAN - Ophiuchus Butterfly
+ CARNIVAL SKIN - Carnival Skin
+ ROVA - Totally Spinning

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WYWIADY / RELACJE

+ New direction of techno - interview with Franki Juncaj aka DJ 3000
+ Bez premedytacji - rozmowa z Andrzejem 'Kobrą' Kraińskim [Kobranocka]
+ Nowy wymiar - rozmowa z Natalią Grosiak i Dawidem Korbaczyńskim [Mikromusic]
+ Szczerość uczuć - rozmowa z Robertem Kałużą [Lotyń]