11.26.2006
[Tunng]
I first caught Tunng in a shack of a record store on First Street during South By Southwest, and once they propped up the seashells, I knew that these kids were going to be different. Hailing from London, Tunng is a (quartet/quintet/sextet - pick one, they seem to shuffle their number about) that undoubtedly produces some of the most unique music for their niche of the rock genre. Nestling the traditional sounds of folk amongst the sounds of synthesizers and sequencers, Tunng gives life to the Frankenstein genre that is Folktronica. The group creates a sound that's amazingly eerie but carry a demeanor that's also ridiculously warm - if that makes any sense. All around, once the sound waves reach your ear drums, you'll be transported to the place that all folk music seems to send you - a forest, cold and bare. And so, as with most folk music, as your brain interprets the sounds, you're simply standing on a pile of dead leaves mesmerized by the whispers that surround you. Whispers - that is Tunng, and it's assuring and warm. All the sounds just come together perfectly for Tunng, and once again, a comprehensive piece just falls apart into beautiful simplicity. Acoustics will strum, seashells will jangle, and there, in the background, a wire attached to a tube vibrates to create thunder. What I love most about Tunng, though, is that amidst all of the other sounds, lead Sam Genders lends a comforting voice that never, never eclipses everything else in the song. Tunng is currently on tour in Europe with dates in Germany and France, among other places. I recommend taking some time out to see them...

From Mother's Daughter & Other Songs (all songs are right click - save as):
Tale From Black
Pool Beneath The Pond

From Comments of the Inner Chorus:
Woodcat
It's Because We've Got Hair

Bonus From The Pioneers EP:
Pioneers [Bloc Party Cover]

Check out some more stuff at the Tunng site.
Be their friend!

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3 Comments:
Anonymous Anonymous said...
Great post, thanks.

Rusty
http://www.theplugg.com

Blogger Brad aka Penguin said...
Thanks for the kind words Rusty...

Anonymous Myr said...
Oh, I hadn't heard of these guys before, but I am loving their cover of 'Pioneers'! Thanks for this post.