Boomkat Product Review:
Whilst the Tied and Tickled Trio's opening gambit was an eponymous debut of spittal-flecked enthusiasm, their second LP represented a considerable maturing of sound - taking the eclectic heart that forged the core of their work and recasting it with a firmer eye on the electronic cabal. Given that this could have led to a dilution of their idiosyncratic style, it's testament to those involved that 'EA1 EA2' is a polemical tract on the power of complex and calculated compositions - with the newly installed circuitry bringing the textures into a higher degree of focus. Released in 1999 (three years after their debut), 'EA1 EA2' opens with a mayfly burst of sighing bass and clattering drums, before 'Unwohlpol' arrives to disrupt the schematic. Lathered in fizzing digitalis, 'Unwohlpol' distills the essence of the trio's core values down into a potent shot of uncluttered jazz that slow builds towards a Murcof-esque conclusion. Originally conceived as a "drums-only duo" by Markus Acher and Casper Brandner back in the early Nineties, it's no surprise that the focus rests heavily on the beats - with the polyrhythmic drumming rubbing up against cut-glass electronica to sculpt an intriguing coalition. Demonstrated perfectly on 'Van Brunt', the Tied & Tickled Trio craft an intimate selection of whispering instrumentation that wafts around the silicon heart to create a gorgeous and intensive batch of rimy atmospherics - managing to bridge the gap between the warring factions of jazz and tronics. As with anything on Morr, 'EA1 EA2' is the complete package - beautifully wrapped and with all eyes on the detail, Tied & Tickled make open-minded music that fits into the labels roster like a proverbial duck to water. With other highlights including '4 Pole' and its encroaching sonic bluster, the brooding menace of 'Monolith', and the Satie-esque piano of 'Yolanda', 'EA1 EA2' is the sound of a band coming of age. Immense.