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Boomkat Product Review:
It feels like way too long since Weilheim scenesters Tied and Tickled Trio released their last nugget of white-hot jazz on the waiting world. Brothers Markus and Micha Acher might still be best known for their work in The Notwist, but for some of us their finest moments have been attached to their stunning catalogue under the Tied and Tickled moniker. ‘La Place Demon’ might be their best record to date, and features 70-year-old drumming legend Billy Hart, the famed percussionist and band leader who was a long running member of the Herbie Hancock and Stan Getz bands. So at least you know you’re in for some pretty serious breaks then, but that’s not all the Tied & Tickled Trio offer up on this epic set. The smoky, cinematic instrumentals here go far beyond what you might expect from a ‘jazz’ project; jazz is maybe the starting point, but these vignettes bear just as much in common with the sort of sepia tinted lounge and library music you might expect to find on a Finders Keepers or Trunk re-issue. ‘Three Doors Pt.1’ even begins with reverberating blips and squeaks straight out of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop welcome book, and when Hart’s drums criss-cross through the strange and beautiful patterns of Micha and Markus Acher’s compositions you sense that they’ve heard more than their fair share of legendary movie/TV soundtrack pioneer Basil Kirchin. They might have seven albums to their name now, but I can’t imagine a better way of getting introduced to the sound of Tied & Tickled Trio than on ‘La Place Demon’. Those of you who like your music with a jar of spiced liquor and the smoke thick in the air, you’d better realize this is the one you’re gonna need. Huge recommendation.