Today, we have an exclusive album stream of Strange Paradise, the sophomore album from Brooklyn-based composer-performer percussion trio Tigue (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody).
Strange Paradise will be co-released by New Amsterdam Records (CD + digital) and NNA Tapes (vinyl) on April 27. The band will also celebrate the album’s release on April 27 with a performance at Brooklyn’s Elsewhere as part of LPR Presents.
Here’s what Matt Evans had to say about the album:
As part of our creative process for Strange Paradise, we chatted a lot about how to make music without a”front person”…essentially a democratic/rhizomatic music making approach that manifests in a non-melodic, highly rhythmic, non-hierarchical (and often interlocked) musical approach. I always like to describe it as a kind of “sonic ecology”—musical organisms relating to one another and their surroundings.
Generally we build structures together that are mutually dependent on one another, and we like the experience of existing within a sound structure where minute changes become perceptible. As a result, this album is ideal for extended listening; we believe there’s a pretty visceral and visual response to be had when connecting with the music. For us, making music is really about building that connection with people.
Tigue is a group of three percussionists with a fluid musical identity. Since 2012, the Brooklyn-based trio (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) has continuously made their own kinetic and hypnotic blend of instrumental minimalism while simultaneously opening up the possibilities of their instrumentation through commissioning and collaboration. Praised for their focused and “high octane” performances (The New York Times), the Ohio-born band members have worked together since they were practically children.
Tigue’s debut album Peaks was released in 2015 with New Amsterdam Records and praised as a “an imaginative, distinctive, hypnotic yet kinetic blend of indie classical, minimalism, postrock and drone music” (New York Music Daily). Highlighted performances include the Ecstatic Music Festival, Bric Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, the Zemlika Festival in Durbe, Latvia and the Summer Nostos Festival in Athens, Greece. Recent commissions and premieres include works by Molly Herron, Randy Gibson, Jason Treuting, Adrian Knight and Robert Honstein alongside collaborative ventures with Kid Millions and visual artist / sculptor Michael Mercil. Upcoming projects include a collaborative workshop / residency with film director / visual artist Jodie Mack, a performance and recording of Jason Treuting’s “9 Numbers”, and a new commission from sound artist and composer Lea Bertucci.
June 2 — Bug Jar (Rochester, NY) w/ CD-ROM