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Tunng — Turbines (2013)

 Tunng — Turbines (2013)

An album as cohesive and accessible as any they’ve previously released.
Turbines is the fifth studio album from English band Tunng.
Location: London, England, UK
Album release: June 18, 2013
Record Label: Full Time Hobby
Duration:     39:04
1. Once     (4:38)
2. Trip Trap     (3:54)
3. By This     (4:37)
4. The Village     (4:33)
5. Bloodlines     (4:07)
6. Follow Follow     (3:54)
7. So Far From Here     (4:53)
8. Embers     (3:39)
9. Heavy Rock Warning     (4:49)
Mike Lindsay
Ashley Bates
Phil Winter
Becky Jacobs
Martin Smith
Simon Glenister
Past members:
Sam Genders
Ashley Bates  Group Member
Vanessa DaSilva  Artwork, Design
Paul Evans  Mixing
Simon Glenister  Group Member
Becky Jacobs  Group Member
Mike Lindsay  Group Member, Producer
Josh Parker  Engineer
Martin Smith  Group Member
Noel Summerville  Mastering 
Philip Winter  Group Member
Website: http://www.tunng.co.uk/
Rich pastoral folk & whispered electronica from the enduring UK ensemble. Includes "So Far From Here".
Review by Fred Thomas   (Editor rating: ****)
Over the course of their development, U.K. indie collective Tunng have always been torn between their folky hearts and their sometimes manic electronic impulses, usually ending up in a hypnotic middle ground between the two. With fifth full-length Turbines, Tunng strip away all of the sonic clutter that at times results in their experimental leanings, turning in nine tracks that cleanly mesh together disparate modes of gentle acoustic reflection, cold, mechanical beats, and almost sci-fi ornamentation from a collection of vintage synthesizers. The songs are oddly minimal, even at their busiest, with a striking sense of musical economy. One of the best examples of this thrifty arrangement is "Trip Trap," which stuffs its landscape with singsongy dual male/female vocals, spooky synth pads, and interplay between bells and fingerpicked guitar before dropping in enormous, sawtoothed synth bass and shockingly clean, vividly loud drum samples. As the song builds, even the huge artificial handclaps and buried frog sound effects can't detract from the focus of the tunes' hauntingly catchy melodies and the perfectly intertwined vocals. Similarly pristine arrangements shake out on the Broadcast-esque "By This" and the albums centerpiece "So Far from Here," a song that manages to blend smooth electric piano riffs, twinkling music box samples, and found sound percussion without ever losing its seamless focus. The pop palate on Turbines is so refined that Tunng manage to sneak in a kitchen-sink production esthetic almost completely under the radar of their extremely infectious popsmart tunes. Listening closely, it'd be easy to imagine alternate versions of the songs with just the folk elements or just the more sterile electronic segments. Either concept would work, but luckily the synthesis works even better. Somewhere between the most electric Fairport Convention moments, the most inspired moments of creative spark from the early 2000s freak folk movement, or Tortoise's flirtations with minimal techno ideas, Tunng end up with brilliant tunes like the controlled clouds of "Bloodlines." Remarkably, Turbines makes the right choices at almost every turn, never meandering or spending too much time indulging one idea but instead leaving just enough unsaid to keep drawing the listener back.
Biography by Marisa Brown
Though the core members of Tunng, Sam Genders and Mike Lindsay, began their musical partnership composing scores for softcore porn, they soon decided to form a band that would bring together Genders' gentle vocals with Lindsay's guitar playing and songwriting. To fill out their sound, the duo added more guitars as well as female vocals, turntables, programming, and other percussion. Often labeled as either "future folk" or "folktronica" by critics who had a hard time placing the band's sound, Tunng released a handful of singles in their native Britain before their full-length debut, This Is...Tunng: Mother's Daughter and Other Songs, came out in 2005 (the album was later re-released in the U.S. the following year on Ace Fu). In 2006 their follow-up, Comments of the Inner Chorus, hit shelves. By this time more of a collective than anything else, especially because initially Genders had opted out of performing live, the six-piece (Genders and Lindsay plus vocalists Becky Jacobs and Ashley Bates and multi-instrumentalists Martin Smith and Phil Winter) released Good Arrows the next year. Time off and touring meant four years would pass before the group returned with 2010's And Then We Saw Land, their first album without co-founder Sam Genders. With geographical differences and family life taking precedence the band would reconvene in lead songwriter Mike Lindsay's newly adopted home of Reykjavik, Iceland to start work on their follow-up. Taking the jam sessions from Iceland to Dorset, U.K., and spending two weeks recording, Tunng released their fifth album, Turbines, in mid-2013. 
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Mother's Daughter and Other Songs, 10 January 2005
Comments of the Inner Chorus, 22 May 2006
Good Arrows, 27 August 2007
...And Then We Saw Land, 1 March 2010
Turbines, 18 June 2013
"Tale from Black", June 2004
"The Maypole Song", August 2004
"People Folk" (Remixed by Dollboy), May 9, 2005
"Magpie Bites", November 21, 2005 (7")
"The Pioneers" (Bloc Party cover, 23 January 2006 (7"/CD)
"Woodcat", 24 April 2006 (7")
"Jenny Again", 4 September 2006 (7")
"It's Because...We've Got Hair", 11 November 2006 (7")
"Bricks", 13 August 2007 (7") #20 UK Indie
"Bullets", 15 October 2007 (7"/CD)
"Hustle", 22 February 2010 (7"/CD)
"Sashimi", 17 May 2010 (7"/CD)
"Don't Look Down Or Back", 2 August 2010
"This Is Tunng... Live From The BBC" (CD, 5 December 2011)

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