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There are few sounds better suited to the strange familiarity of dreams than Tigue's vibrant experimental percussion. Taken from the Brooklyn trio's forthcoming Strange Paradise, "Triangle" is a mesmerizing piece that feels at once recognizable and a little bit alien—all the usual pieces are there, but ripples at the margins hint at something curious just behind the curtain. Tigue's enthralling command of rhythm and texture propel the song forward with just enough off-kilter structure to keep you checking your peripherals.
Filmed in an old Brooklyn gymnasium by director Steven Reker, the accompanying video sees the band awash in fog and undulating distortion, attending to their instruments as if engaged in a serene ritual. It's fun to see musicians look so relaxed while playing something so complex, and the whole thing is shot through with Tigue's signature goofy quirks: they gaze longingly at the titular triangle, apparently an object of worship, and squish their faces in mock-religious fervor.
"Triangle" is simultaneously lighthearted and cerebral, casual and austere. It finds beauty in rhythm and repetition, and asks the listener to engage with sounds just at the edge of their comfort zone. That it can manage all that without taking itself too seriously is downright brilliant.
—Will Shenton, Thrdcoast
Like light itself, Tigue’s music is a combination of waves and particles, of percussive strikes and distended drones adding up to either abstractly challenging pop or accessible contemporary classical music, depending on your point of view. Ohioans Matt Evans, Amy Garapic, and Carson Moody have been playing together since 2012. Their 2015 debut, Peaks, featured bongos, frying pan, droning Shruti box, melodica, tin can, and electronic keyboards over a diverse array of tracks. Tigue’s new Strange Paradise, however, distills their sound down to three constantly evolving longer tracks inviting habitation, contemplation, and a groovy sort of meditation the band characterizes as “ecstatic complexity.”
—Richard Gehr, Village Voice
"...an imaginative, distinctive, hypnotic yet kinetic blend of indie classical, minimalism, postrock and drone music."
- New York Music Daily
"[Peaks is] meant for eyes-rolled-back-in-the-head Whirling Dervish levels of dancing, cut with electroacoustic/white noise interludes that mimic ecstatic exhaustion."
- Hannis Brown (Q2 Album of the week)
"The members of TIGUE ... freely pick and choose the elements they like most from the different strands of music in which they are steeped."
- Matt McBane (21CM)
"a pleasing blast of abstract art-rock"
"a sonic burst of percussion-based rock shot through with rumbling bass lines and fuzzy guitars"
- DC Music Download