Tungsten 74 — Binaurally Yours
(no#, 2006, CD)
by Mike Grimes, Published 2007-03-01
Binaurally Yours is the fourth release from Tungsten74. The group is a three-piece guitar / bass / drums outfit, but plenty of synth sounds abound. As opposed to all their previous releases, this album doesn’t consist of improvised music. According to the band, not only are the songs on Binaurally Yours composed, they were all created by picking, slicing, dicing, hacking, and otherwise altering classical music score source material. The synth-heavy “Rusty Cavalier” pieces that open and close the album are based upon the opera by Italian composer Pietro Mascagni and are the only classical sounding pieces on the album. Judging from the name, “Come Sweet Death” probably evolved from the J.S. Bach piece of the same name. This all acoustic and slide guitar piece is cool, but Bach probably wouldn’t have approved of the simultaneous major and minor thirds! “Fire Alarm” is an aptly named fast rock song. The main riff and many of the guitar parts in this track sound like The Police. During “Waltz” and “Absolutely”, the guitar tones are heavily processed and at times Tungsten74 sound like they could be a jam band version of U2, complete with delayed melodic guitar lines and traditional rock chord changes. These longer pieces build slowly and have repeating pattern bass/drum parts over which the song gradually develops. This album has a lot of diversity. It opens and closes very reservedly, but in between it has everything from space to rock to jam to ambient to noise.
Related artist(s): Tungsten 74
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more
Keith Tippett RIP – One of the giants of British jazz has left us. Keith Graham Tippetts, known professionally as Keith Tippett, died today at the age of 72. His work from the late 60s into the 70s and beyond includes some of the greatest jazz produced in the UK, and stands as an impressive oevre to this day. » Read more
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more