Exposé Online banner

Tangle Edge — Serpentary Quarters
(Mellow MMP 466, 2006, CD)

by Roel Steverink, Published 2007-03-01

Serpentary Quarters Cover art

Tangle Edge is the household name for one of the best improvised rock groups in the world. Born in the mists of the 80s, they survived the pushing and shoving over the years and nowadays are more active then ever. It’s a delight to notice that the wealth of percussion still is at the forefront of their improvisational skills. This band never saw the dawn of synths, their sound unaltered filled with Nygard’s raw, open guitar chops, Horrigmoe’s myriadly hooked plugged bass and Steinberg’s chameleonic drumming as on “Transcendental Virtue Part 1: Serene Procession”; which comes as a total abstract painting after the ephemeric melodic opener “Emerald Mound.” “Part 2: Beyond Elevation” brings this session to a climatic close with outrageous sounding bass, ecstatic high pitched guitar riffing and rhythmic balance on the edge. I mentioned earlier about no synths, however electronics are sometimes present and innovatively treated as on the very atmospheric intermezzo “The Seventh Tide.” “Daidalos Hunt” ends the album as an uptempo piece in which the guitar laments in eastern language. No letdown here.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 34, 2006 releases

Related artist(s): Tangle Edge

Latest news

2020-02-18
Jon Christensen RIP – Word reaches us today of the passing of Norwegian drummer Jon Christensen, a musician whose sensitive playing did much to help define the atmospheric sound of ECM jazz recordings. His work with Jan Garbarek, Bobo Stenson, Terje Rypdal, and many more was sensitive and varied, adapting to a wide variety of styles while maintaining a distinct identity of its own. Christensen was 76. » Read more

2020-01-21
Gong Announces UK Tour for 2020 – Having spent the last few years touring the world, including dates in Japan with psych legend Steve Hillage, multiple headline European tours and festivals, America’s Cruise to the Edge festival, a South America headline tour, and a headline performance at Tomorrow Festival in China, the band have won the hearts of both traditional and modern Gong fanbases. During this live journey, Gong has delved further into the truly psychedelic, exploratory, and mind-expanding side of the music. » Read more

2020-01-15
Carlos Alvarado RIP – Carlos Alvarado, pioneering composer, multi-instrumentalist and pioneer of progressive rock and electronic experimental music in Mexico, passed away January 14th, 2020 at age 68 after a two year battle with cancer.  » Read more

2020-01-12
Wolfgang Dauner RIP – Pianist Wolfgang Dauner, one of the pioneers of both European free jazz and jazz rock, has died at the age of 84. With his own groups and with the United Jazz+Rock Ensemble, his playing and compositions were a prominent presence in European jazz from the mid-60s until just recently. » Read more

2020-01-12
Michael Allison RIP – Michael Allison, who since 1997 has been recording as Darshan Ambient, passed away on January 9th after a long and brave battle with cancer. He has been at at the forefront of the new ambient/electronic music scene, with over eighteen releases to his credit. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

First Band from Outer Space - We're Only in It for the Spacerock – Can anyone hazard a guess as to the type of music on this CD? And the first two don’t count. What a blatant name for a band and their debut release! In actuality, this Swedish band is quite good....  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues