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Tape Loop Orchestra’s live set at The Talleyrand, Levenshulme, becomes the 3rd release on Stockport’s Open Tapes following examples by label head Jack Lever and artist John Powell-Jones
As it happens, we were lucky enough to be in attendance for this show - one of the last we witnessed before lockdown - but it feels like a lifetime ago. That’s partly due to the brain foggy quality of TLO’s music, which reveals itself in slow strokes of whistling moorland ambience, feathered guitar tones and sparse daubs of classical soprano across the 44 minute course of ‘Liminal Live.’
Tape Loop Orchestra’s subtle power totally shushed the room for the duration, with only background chatter noise from the bar, and perhaps a few cars trundling down the A6, to distract from TLO’s trance-inducing nuance and skinprickle textures. Listening to it now it reminds us the all too rare effect of being one in a crowd, but totally in your own space, allowing the figure at the front to coax out and suggest slowly fleeting trains of thought. It still works on that level in your own space, though, with Andrew Hargreaves’ balance of pre-prepared material and improvisational wits allowing for the random factor of warbling tape fidelities in a way that may reveal extra layers and spirits in the mix to anyone willing to pay closer attention and not get distracted by the need to top up your glass. Heck you can even smoke a jazz-fag while doing so in your own space and not feel like a low-key criminal, if the mood takes you.