Tunng – ‘And Then We Saw Land’ (Full Time Hobby) 01/03/10

March 14, 2010 by  

The opening of this album makes me believe that this band could be my friend. A percussive rhythm and a build up of electronic sounds that immediately make you sway, greet the listener. The strongest songs are the ones that seem to sing about personal experiences, things that have happened to the band, or that could happen to its listeners. For example “Hustle” and “Don’t look down or back” create vivid images in the song and are easy for the listeners to relate too. However, more than that, they are both insanely catchy, making the listener hum and whistle along when they least suspect it.

The combination of male and female lead vocals helps the group’s approachable sound. Having two vocal leads can change the message of the songs. These songs can now be conversational, or the tracks can demonstrate a clever use of imitation or harmony, such as in “These Winds”. The fact that this is left to the listener to decide makes the band’s sound even stronger. And I’m sure that the wide range of instruments they use mean that Tunng must be a pleasure to watch live. Although, being more of a purest folk song lover, when Tunng use electrical, artificial sounds I am undecided whether I approve or not. I recognise that they are pushing the genre forward, but I don’t have to like it. “Sashimi” has an annoyingly repetitive rhythm, which is enforced by the artificial beeps and squeaks from a computer, making the track sound like it is trying too hard. Too hard to be an eighties song or just annoying, I can’t tell. However in “Santiago” the electrical accompaniment is catchy and better at evoking the message of the song than acoustic instruments could.

With the vast range of sounds that this album has to offer, I will be very excited to hear Tunng’s next endeavour.

[rating:4]


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