Tunnels — Natural Selection
(Buckyball BR018, 2006, CD)
by Peter Thelen, Published 2007-03-01
Part of the fun of listening to every new Tunnels release is listening to all the sounds, and wondering in amazement: “How does Marc Wagnon make all those sounds with only his midi-vibes?” Seriously, it seems the imagination is the limit. But this time out there is a new sound that has nothing to do with midi-vibes – that is the sound of new Tunnels drummer John O’Reilly Jr. who replaces the outgoing Frank Katz, and with all due respect to the latter, I must say that I like O’Reilly’s more balanced approach to the kit much better, with a lighter touch overall, more in keeping with Tunnels’ jazzier inclinations, as opposed to Katz’ heavier snare hits that pulled the bottom end back towards a rock or hard fusion sound. One only needs to listen to the amazing “Light Gathering” for an example of his strengths in a very dynamic setting, beginning in a very tasty light jazz vein and slowly moving forward into an intense and funky groove, he’s right at home every point along the way. Percy Jones never ceases to amaze either; I mean who needs a guitarist when you can cover all that range on a fretless bass? One will hear those percolating bass pyrotechnics everywhere across these nine tracks, from the high end of the range to the very bottom, played loudly and in the softest passages, it’s all part of the fabric of the Tunnels sound.
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more