Exposé Online banner

Nathan Hall & the Sinister Locals — Tunguska Tydfil
(The Hip Replacement no#, 2018, LP / CD / LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-01-15

Tunguska Tydfil Cover art

The Soft Hearted Scientists’ Nathan Hall has released a new album with his group The Sinister Locals. Announced back in May 2018 for a vinyl release, this album has been plagued with so many record plant production issues that Nathan has sworn off ever releasing anything else on vinyl again. The CD issue was released on September 7, 2018 and the vinyl finally came out in November. I am not sure what Tunguska Tydfil is, but it must be a hybrid Russian-Welsh location somewhere in Faerie. There are 16 songs that span about 35 minutes, many of them short snippets or sketches, involving harpsichord, ghost town piano, spoken word collages, and his signature Victorian fantasy-psych visions. Recorded in nightly sessions in their studio “The Sinister House” in Cardiff, Tunguska Tydfil is a wonderful listening experience. Some of the odder tracks on the album include the title track, a beautiful bucolic and poetic narrative invitation to this fictitious realm; “Carnival of the Damned,” a demented, deranged bolero; “St. Davids Bed and Breakfast Blackout Disaster,” a slow chord progression with the its song title chanted repeatedly; and “Song of a Sourpuss” with its sustained drones, wordless vocals, and recitation about witches. One of the best tracks is “Side by Side (Glowing Guide),” a Victorian fantasy conjuring images of William Morris’ fairies, as well as vampires and demons, plus its spiritualism lyric “Through life we glide, you are my glowing guide.” Despite its production delays, Tunguska Tydfil was well worth the wait.


Filed under: New releases, 2018 releases

Related artist(s): Nathan Hall / Sinister Locals

More info
http://bit.ly/2rxT5T0

Latest news

2019-01-31
Keyboardist Ingo Bischof R.I.P. – Keyboard player Ingo Bischof, best known as the longtime keyboard player of German band Kraan, passed away on January 29th, 2019. Bischof was born January 2, 1951 in Berlin-Kreuzberg and joined Kraan in 1975. » Read more

2019-01-11
Jazz Composer Mark Lomax, II Releases Epic 12CD Set – In addition to being a fine jazz drummer, Dr. Mark Lomax, II is a composer in residence at Ohio State University, where he has been very busy on the compositional front. The year 2019 is the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first ship bringing African slaves to North America, and in commemoration of this, Lomax has produced 400: An Afrikan Epic, a 12 volume set of CDs featuring a variety of different musical ensembles. » Read more

2019-01-02
Chicago-Based Surabhi Ensemble Tours the World in January – Surabhi Ensemble was formed more than a decade ago in Chicago with the aim of bringing together musicians from varying traditions to make music. Saraswathi Ranganathan, who plays veena, assembled a cast that includes Arabic oud, Spanish guitar, and percussion from Africa and India. This month, the group will be sharing their sounds with concert-goers in Southeast Asia, Europe, and Africa. » Read more

2018-12-23
Seaprog Festival Seeks Donations – Seaprog is a small festival in Seattle that highlights creative music from many genres with artists from around the world. It's also a US non-profit organization. They're seeking donations to help keep the ball rolling. Starting in 2013, the organization has been growing, and has featured such artists as Free Salamander Exhibit, Jack o' the Clock, Nik Turner, Cabezas de Cera, Miriodor, Thinking Plague, and many more. » Read more

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Scott Amendola Band - Believe – For those not in the know, Scott Amendola has been pounding the skins in the experimental music realm for several years. In his many travels the time keeper has met a few kindred spirits along the way...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues