Tunng - Good Arrows
Third time around, Mike Lindsay sticks to that odd formula that has made his music hard to classify. Critics in the UK especially have been running to the Roget for help with dubs like "nu-folk" or "folktronica," whatever that means. Basically, with a roving collective of musicians, some who wanted to try and take the sound on the road, others who preferred studio work only, Lindsay creates soundscapes that use a lot of traditional instrumentation, with some surprises (cello especially), filtered through experimental collage and improv. The results are pretty amazing, as this is one musical world in which it is easy to dive into and swim. It is challenging, but at the same time comforting. A collective is a loose but loyal group that finds time to work together at their own pace, setting the rules as they go along. Tunng is just such a collective of like-minded artists, and this release finds them focused on the common goal, while leaving wide space for individual input into the final colors.
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on 2008-05-06 dscanland Said:
Nice mini review buddy. I'm willing to check it out.
on 2008-05-06 hstisgod Said:
got around to listening and reviewing this a bit more.
Im not sure if Tunng is a project of curiosity or a band artists trying to meet a demand for odd experimental garage rock mirror The Shins. Good Arrows sounds like it reads- Simple one word song titles, with a redundantly but shockingly rhythmic and relaxing atmospheric blending of folk and nearly electronic, yet not one electronic instrument is involved. Track four "Bullets" has a fantastic and progressive melody, while track five "Soup" begins with soft pattern zylophone type synth, but gives way to an explosive electric guitar. For fans of The Shins, Pink Floyd, Hellogoodbye or Blue October. Keep your eyes peeled.
on 2007-09-19 hstisgod Said:
Just got this.. Im liking its oddities... good call Mike! 3 of 5 with a potential for more