Boomkat Product Review:
Only two years after 'The Aporias of Futurism', Tied & Tickled Trio's Andreas Gerth and Carl Oesterhelt return to Umor Rex with another smart, atmospheric set of rhythmic experiments, using a 19th century organ, an instrument made of glass tubes, modular synth and various other elements.
The first stage of 'Music for Unknown Rituals' was the discovery of an 1886 pipe organ in an old church in Döblitz, a small village in Germany. Gerth and Oesterhelt were given access to the building for a few short days, so they set up their microphones, modular synthesizer and tubular instrument and recorded the album's basic framework. When they returned home, Gerth added drones, noises and tones, and Oesterhelt played electric guitar, harpsichord, bass, xylophone, glockenspiel, harmonium and various percussive instruments. The result is a quirky blend of ideas and sounds that circles the organ but doesn't feel shackled by it - this isn't one of those organ records, basically.
The instrument sounds almost quaint on 'The dissolution of time', heaving around Oesterhelt's wooly drums and twanging guitars. It's more subtle on 'Abdication', fading into the background while chiming, gamelan-esque sounds form a rhythm. This is where the duo's title begins to make more sense; the organ-led tracks (like 'The alphabet of steps') are engaging, but its the glassy, repetitive meditations (such as the excellent 'The geometry of rhythmics') that capture our attention more willingly, harmonizing with Shackleton's recent 'The Scandal of Time'.