2011/12/03

Tape

Stockholm instrumental trio explores unseen heights
The Wild Palms by Tape

We've written about the Stockholm experimental jazz scene before, and the instrumental trio Tape certainly is part of that scene. Using mainly a rather simple setup of guitar, electric piano, computer manipulated sounds and vintage analogue synths, what comes out is something between jazz and classic post-rock (ie like Tortoise or late Talk Talk). The computer manipulations and melodies they perform sound like nothing I've ever heard before. Neither does the way the different themes seem to wait for eachother to blend in magically while the overall arrangements appear improvised. It's a wonderful combination of chaos and order.

Johan Berthling and Tomas Hallonsten getting ready for a gig in France. Computer player Andreas Berthling presumably holding the camera.

Earlier this year Tape released their fifth studio album, Revelationes (sic). It's a masterpiece which is just making it even harder for the Quack to construct the list of Best Swedish Albums of 2011. Such a sweet dilemma. Tape has with every album become more and more defined, starting out as a rather vague ambient jazz project. With 2008 album Luminarium they made a slight departure and started creating more distinct themes for the guitar, or "hooks" if you will, while keeping the bisarre parts of their sound by almost letting it take the place of a lead vocalist, a soul-provider of sorts. You might disagree with this definition but it doesn't really matter because the very strongest part of Tape's music is how they seemingly without effort let it swell and fly off to places you wouldn't expect and sometimes find hard to understand. And all this with very small increases in volume. Now I doubt that anyone could really define that.

Dust & Light by Tape

Spotify Links:
Revelationes (2011)
Luminarium (2008)
Rideau (2005)
Milieu (2004)
Opera (2002)

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