Exposé Online banner

Pelt — Técheöd
(VHF #6, 1998, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 1999-01-01

Técheöd Cover artHere we have three ambient tracks from a not-so-dark trio on the indie VHF label. According to the label website, the title of this album is pronounced "Tay-hoood," but I'm still not certain what relevance it has to the disc. Instead I'll try to break down the pieces in order on this, the group's third release: "New Delhi Blues" has a slack Indian tone foundation to start with, while sound development is linear with a few notable swells. The basis for this ambient tone piece use two types of recorders (both tenor and alto) which provide a light eastern flavor to an average drone setting. "Big Walker Mountain Tunnel" has the distinct flavor of a long metallic structure, heavy with noise construction feedback which creates a tense sensitivity. Painting on top of that canvas, the three players: Jack Rose, Mike Gangloff, and Patrick Best have worked to directly control background disturbance. By creating a bouncy foreground with electric guitars, the tone later degenerates into a (gasp) melodic Eno-ish guitar arpeggio. This is probably the most successful improv on the disc. The last sound sculpture, "Mu Mesons" is more noodling over prominently static matting. Overall, it's difficult to sense a grand scheme across the sometimes maddening sound collages, but that is the beauty of the art I believe. I have a hard time accepting those true fans do active rather than passive listening to this and similar works. Técheöd is a creation for creators and not necessarily listeners. But appreciation is in the ear of the experience and of course the novice music aficionado.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 16, 1998 releases

Related artist(s): Pelt

Latest news

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Beequeen - Sugarbush – Beequeen is the duo of Frans de Waard and Freek Kinklaar and Sugarbush is their third CD release. Frans is also the erstwhile publisher of the excellent experimental/industrial music fanzine VITAL....  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues