Boomkat Product Review:
Tanakh is a layering of sound and structure that combines songwriting sensibility and improvisational abstractions that are as thick and rich as they are minimalist. These two seemingly opposed forms fluidly combine to forge dark sweet lulling gypsy melodies dug from middle-eastern sands that have been knuckled across appalachian washboards that shadow the city in which they live. 'Villa Vlaustrophobia' marks the debut of this new project and features an all-star ensemble including Mick Turner (Dirty Three), Jessica Billey (Lofty Pillars), David Lowery (Cracker), Ned Oldham (Palace) and Nirmal Bajekal (Ravi Shankar's band) amongst others. Between them they bring vocals, violin, viola, cello, bass, percussion, electric and acoustic guitars, flugelhorn horn, trumpet, clarinet, and various ethnic and home made instruments to the recording. The use of "actual" songs is mostly fresh territory for Alien 8, yet Tanakh's debut still fits alongside Set Fire To Flames and Shalabi Effect in the sense that it blends middle-eastern influenced improv alongside drone-based composition and improvisation. Haunting artwork.