Boomkat Product Review:
You might want to double-check this when you get your own copy, but the eponymous debut by the Tied & Tickled Trio was released ten years ago. That's a whole decade! And you know what? It still sounds as fresh as a daisy... With a line-up culled from the best of the Bavarian triangle (Munich, Landsberg and Weilheim), the Tied and Tickled Trio set about dismantling a spectrum of styles and influences (indie, electronica, post-punk, jazz...) then rebuilding a lithe new beast from the constituent parts. Positioned as a new form of alternative jazz that eschewed the more cacophonous end of experimental, Tied & Tickled nonetheless flirted with the likes of John Zorn - taking his free-wheeling genre palate and moulding it around a European heart that brought in influences from the various bands in which its members played (The Notwist to name just one...). Far more fun than this rambling preamble might suggest, the Tied & Tickled Trio open on the gravely beats and hearth production of 'Rara Avis' - wherein an obscured undertow of soundscapes give way to Teflon rhythms and an undeniably malignant atmosphere that provided obvious inspiration for Squarepusher's 'Budakahn Mindphone'. From here the gloriously gold CD moves onto 'Mutant' and it's lazy coalition of loose piano, mealy beats and crazy-leg horns, before 'Tusovska Dub' scars the sky through a timorous echo-chamber and macro digital disruptions. Elsewhere, 'Hypno These' comes on like a glass-bottom boat journey through the outer-reaches of dubby jazz, 'Le Martin D' shuffles past with charming delicacy, whilst the closing rattle of 'Constant' (here included in both its original and Console mixed form) crashes in like Gene Krupa after a night on the bleach. Fans of To Rococo Rot, Kreidler, Tortoise, Cinematic Orchestra or deep Jazz fusion should investigate this classic album immediately.