Tunng- New Album …And Then We Saw LandJanuary 26, 2010
Always good news when there is a new album coming from one of my favourites- Tunng’s …And Then We Saw Land will be released on March 1st from Full Time Hobby and you can hear Don’t Look Down Or Back below. If you’re on the other side of the Atlantic then you can get it from Thrill Jockey from March 9th.
Great harmonious folk sound as always although missing some of their signature electro samples and fuzziness which will hopefully be evident in the other tracks. There will also be a mini UK tour…it won’t include Ireland so hopefully you caught their sets at Electric Picnic last year!
Don’t Look Down Or Back
Check here for download.
Since last we saw them, the band have been on adventures both personal (Mike went to India, Ashley moved to Somerset) and shared – such as their ten-day voyage of discovery with Malian desert bluesmen Tinariwen, a unique collaboration that aimed to fuse the sounds of the two bands together and an experience that helped shape Tunng‘s approach to the new album “We learned that you don’t always need structure! As long as there is presence, emotion and groove. It taught us that everything is open and adaptable…”
In the spirit of all that travel and experimentation, they’ve decided to call their new album ‘…And Then We Saw Land – and it’s full of adventurous spirit. The first Tunng album to take more than a year to write and produce, it’s packed with big choruses and joyful tunes.“We wanted to make a record that would be a great live set,” says Mike. “My friend described it as ‘Epic Folk Disco Brass Magnificent,’ and I’m not sure you could call any other Tunng record that.”Three songs contain what the band describe as The Mega Chorus – a 15-strong group of collaborators and drinking buddies who lent their voices to the album one rainy night in an abandoned school hall in Old Street.
In homage to voyages grand and not-so-grand, Tunng will be hitting the road for a four-date mini tour in March 2010, dates as follows. Says Mike: “I want audiences singing along and becoming… THE MEGA CHORUS!”
23rd March, Manchester, Band On The Wall – www.bandonthewall.org
25th March, London, Relentless Garage – www.eatyourownears.com
26th March, Bristol, Arnolfini – www.arnolfini.org.uk
28th March, Brighton, Concorde 2 – www.concorde2.co.uk
Support on all dates comes from the ever so fantastic Erland & The Carnival.