The Passion of the Weiss

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Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Tunng-Good Arrows

While the blogosphere hyperventilates about the leak of the new Devendra Banhart album, Smokey Goes to Bear Mountain, Grows a Beard and Has an Orgy with 14 Girls Named Rain Who Have Hairy Arm Pits and Went to Vassar, another, far better folk album has gone practically unnoticed: Tung's Good Arrows.

I attribute the lack of attention alloted to the London-based sextet, to the fact that the name Tunng inevitably conjures up nightmarish images of unappetizing sandwiches that you may or may not find at your local overpriced delicatessen. But rest assured that along with Monkey Swallows the Universe's similarly excellent, The Casket Letters (see Ian Mathers' outstanding Stylus review), the Tunng album is one of the best folk records made this year, one that proves that in the year 2007 the Brits apparently have a monopoly on good but melancholy folk bands with really stupid names.

Just 42 minutes, Good Arrows is a collection of 11 beautiful wistful meditations; acoustic guitars fleshed out by patches of electronic tinkering that beef up the record's frail sound and help brighten its down-tempo mood. The band has been compared to the Beta Band and Four Tet and I'd say those comparisons are apt. Though unlike those two bands, Tunng don't really make stoner headphone trips, but instead craft soothing music for the come-down, when the high has worn off and you need a record to stop your thoughts from careening like pinballs. Plus, if you cop it, you'll get the chance to approach a record store clerk and ask him or her for some Tunng. And really, how many times are you gonna' get to do that in your life without getting arrested?

Buy Good Arrows

MP3: Tunng-"Bricks"

From 2006's Comments of the Inner Chorus
MP3: Tunng-"Woodcat"

From 2005's Mothers Daughters and Other Songs
MP3: Tunng-"Tale from Black"

B-Side from "The Pioneer" Single
MP3: Tunng-"Pool Beneath the Pond"


At 10:26 AM, Blogger chris said...

I'm pumped there's a new Tunng. I super enjoyed their "This is..." album.

At 4:59 PM, Anonymous Cheese Head said...

I will check out tuung since you have the BEST taste on the blagosphere. Who likes Devendra anywayz??

At 6:39 PM, Anonymous TTU said...

I like Devendra, though his first 3 records shit all over 'Cripple Crow' and the stuff I've heard from the new one isn't all that encouraging. Tunng seem okay, if a little sedate.

At 6:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

cool artwork, tunnnng

At 7:45 PM, Blogger kold_kadavr_ flatliner said...

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At 7:53 PM, Blogger kold_kadavr_ flatliner said...

Let this be thy catalyst:

The more you shall honor Me,
the more I shall bless you.
-the Infant Jesus of Prague
(<- Czech Republic, next to Russia)

trustNjesus, dear,
and wiseabove to Seventh-Heaven...
cuz the other realm aint too cool.
God bless your indelible soul.


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