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Tandaapushi: Borromean Rings (JVTLANDT)

The second album from this Norwegian electric improvising power trio, using dark rhythmic grooves over which guitar, electric piano, amplified objects, no-input mixing board, and pianet emerge, creating hypnotic states that lead to exultant moments through sinuous melody, building and releasing intensity while maintaining a consistent gauzy undertone.
 

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Leo Dupleix-Pianet, electric piano, amplified objects, no input mixing board

Laurens Smet-Bass, acoustic guitar

Louis Evrard-Drums, electric guitar, drum machine


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Label: JVTLANDT
Catalog ID: JVT0018
Squidco Product Code: 25418

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2017
Country: Norway
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold
Tracks 1, 3 and 5 recorded at Nona Theater by Ted Masseurs.

Trcks 2, 4 and 6 recorded at Studio Sunny Side Inc. by Nicolas Lefevre.

Descriptions, Reviews, &c.

"Tandaapushi is an electric trio: Keys and a steady rhythm section made of electric bass and drums. While still playing melodies and grooves, they developed an obsession for getting any musical idea emptied by mean of repetitition. They play long and relentless music made of dark tones, industrial atmosphere, but still in search of a small light at the other side of the tunnel: Sisyphus looking for his redemption. Tandaapushi is primitive, sometimes massive, but not without a clear idea and a bunch of musical thoughts. It is also unclassifiable, trance inducing, heavy and on the edge. In other words, Tandaapushi creates "super- and sub-sonic textures for introspective imagery and meditative journeying" (Boston Hassle). On Borromean Rings, their second album, Tandaapushi further develops their repetition based improvisation resulting in more finely crafted pulsating din. But there's also something new, something more somber and austere. A different energy has appeared, adding a darkened misty atmosphere to several pieces."-JVTLandt



"The core tracks of the album were recorded during a session in Brussels with Dupleix on the pianet, Smet on guitar with assorted applied effects, and Evrard on drums. In Part 1 (T2), a steady, hypnotic guitar and drum groove rumble beneath rhythmic jabs on the electric keys. In Part 2 (T4) the drum/guitar foundation, more driving than the first and building in intensity, while mysterious tones spiral. For the Finale (T6), a heavier guitar sound anchors wild excursions on the keys. After the session, the guys shared a plate of frites. Between the main tracks are three improvisations- muted beats percolating from a drum machine and question mark strings (T1), creeping repetitive guitar and deep distorted bass (T3) and looping washes of feedback with soft guitar melodies (T5). It brought to my mind early jazz fusion keyboard experiments, and the grind of the Drid Machine with the angular edges filed away, and I enjoyed it the whole way through."-Tandaapushi, KFJC



"In mathematics, the Borromean rings consist of three topological circles which are linked and form a Brunnian link (i.e., removing any ring results in two unlinked rings). In other words, no two of the three rings are linked with each other as a Hopf link, but nonetheless all three are linked."-Wikipedia


Artist Biographies

"Léo Dupleix: Born in Paris, graduated from Brussels Royal Conservatory, Dupleix is an electronic musician, piano player, mainly working in the improvised and experimental field. He uses simple electronic devices, such as mixing board, paint, pick ups and synthesizers to create unique tones and textures. In parallel he continue to develop his own sound on the acoustic piano. He has played or collaborated with: Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama, Naoto Yamagishi, Pak Yan Lau, Lauri Hyvarinen, Ura Hiroyuki, Gregor Siedl, Lynn Cassiers, Yannick Dupont, Kou Katsuyoshi, Rabito Arimoto, Daisuke Takaoka, Junji Hirose, Seppe Gebruers and Akemi Nagao."

-JVTLandt (http://www.jvtlandt.com/releases/tandaapushi/fire-disposal/)
6/10/2024

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"Laurens Smet: Bass player and composer from Antwerp, Belgium. Graduatedfrom the Antwerp conservatory and already a well established part of theBelgium / European free jazz scene, playing in many contexts and projects likeIfa y Xango,Bambi Pang Pang, Boelheart, Laurens Smet' Antwerp Stock Trade,just to name a few."

-JVTLandt (http://www.jvtlandt.com/releases/mhysteria/family-drug/)
6/10/2024

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"Louis Evrard: Influenced by a very wide range of music style, from most abstract contemporary music to mainstream hiphop, he created an unique way of playing and approaching the drums that allows him to participate in wide variety of music projects. He has shared the stage with Evan Parker, Mâäk's Spirit, Audrey Chen, Jean-Yves Evrard, Joachim Badenhorst, Jasper Stadhouders, Eric Thielemans, Lynn Casiers, Bart Maris, Bo Van Der Werf and Ifa y Chango."

-JVTLandt (http://www.jvtlandt.com/releases/tandaapushi/fire-disposal/)
6/10/2024

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Track Listing:



1. Introduction 2:22

2. Part I 4:55

3. Interlude 1 2:24

4. Part 2 15:40

5. Interlude 2 3:41

6. Finale 3:31

Related Categories of Interest:


Improvised Music
Jazz
Electro-Acoustic
Electro-Acoustic Improv
European Improvisation, Composition and Experimental Forms
Trio Recordings
Piano Trio (Piano Bass Drums)

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