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

2018-01-05
Ray Thomas RIP – On Thursday, 4 January 2017, the world lost Ray Thomas, founding member of the Moody Blues. Thomas sang and played flute, and was responsible for writing a number of the band's most memorable songs. He was 76. » Read more

2017-12-22
Roswell Rudd RIP – Jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd, one of the distinctive players of his instrument in many strains of music, has died at the age of 82. With a career stretching back to the early 60s and over a hundred recordings featuring his playing, he leaves behind a substantial legacy. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. » Read more

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


Previously in Exposé...

Steve Gorn, Tony Levin, Jerry Marotta - From the Caves of the Iron Mountain – Take a woodwind player and the early 80s rhythm section for Peter Gabriel (circa Security), put them together in a cave and you'd be surprised what they come up with! The second release from King...  (1998) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues