Album Review

Tandaan [coll] – [Nillacat]

incognito   1/7/2013   A Library

From the Nillacat net label, “Tandaan” is collection of artists from the Pacific Northwest, including a few who have played live at KFJC. Available as an mp3 download only, this diverse collection ranges from acapella to shoegaze to hardcore and ambient. There is a number of standout tracks here, including “Dark Knight” by Valkyrie Rodeo – a doomy, overdriven bass blues scale workout with a deathmetal flavor. Gang Radio gives us “Inside Outside,” 8 minutes of dark, ambient, murky waters, black waves shimmering with reverbed guitar and underscored with moaning, detuned brass. Miss Massive Snowflake’s progressive breaks track “Nibby Grimes” and the Muddmakr remix of Remora’s “My Brother’s Guns and Knives” are fantastic as well. There are a few hip hop tracks here as well, but suffice it say to that the Northwest is in no immediate danger of becoming the Mecca of rap.
In all this album is very different from track to track and difficult to categorize, but certainly rewarding in its own right.

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