Nova Scotia (3)Tangiwai

Nova Scotia (3) - Tangiwai album cover
Label:Metonymic – Metonymic 015
CD, Album
Country:New Zealand
Genre:Electronic, Jazz, Rock
Style:Abstract, Experimental, Free Improvisation, Avantgarde


1After Many Moons14:27
2When Everything Has Paused32:07
3A Sailor's Grave15:41

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Recorded [email protected] space, Wellington.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout: REGENCY RECORDINGS 47646 015
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 6Z07


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    "Proof that there is a genuine groundswell of this abstract music, these youngsters from Nowhere NZ take on all comers and come out of their corner sluggin'. This has a great sound, murk used cleverly to differentiate certain passages, then the sound leaps to the foreground in a genuinely scarey way. I have no idea how or really why this was all done, and to me that's the highest praise I can bestow. There are new things in heaven and earth, Horatio." (review by Bruce Russell in the Corpus Hermeticum print catalogue)

    "Anybody who sat through the Darren Aronofsky film Requiem for a Dream and says they had a good time is a candidate for the analyst's couch. That miserable tale of four lives on a drug-induced nosedive toward ruination could be admired only as one might admire an exploding hydrogen bomb - fascination and awe tempered by outrage at the ability of humankind to make conceivable such a cold and destructive spectacle. Tangiwai is a little bit like that. Not outrageous by any means, but certainly a work of art to be endured before it can be enjoyed. There are random pleasures to be extracted from the discordance, pinpricks of diamond light projecting out of the chaos - the tired piano that interrupts the band's attempt to drill to the centre of the earth at the beginning of the record; the majestic guitars struggling to be heard beneath the unruly throng that gathers toward the end. But these rare moments are very much ancillary to the alarming beasts that appear to rule Nova Scotia's decidedly abnormal world; beasts that howl and rage and drag the music deep into their dens before gleefully stripping it to the bones. With a name like Nova Scotia, this group could easily be mistaken as the next big thing out of Montreal's legendary Constellation label. As it happens, they hail from beyond the 40th parallel to the south of the equator - from Wellington, New Zealand. Evidently, times are tight down in the southernmost capital city in the world, as Tangiwai comes packed in a homemade cover of folded A4 paper. Such frugality makes the purchaser feel as if the disc was specially made for them and them alone, which it may as well have been: to the majority of the population roaming though the Bunnings Warehouses and bitumen forests of their daily lives, Tangiwai would be about as welcome as World War III. But if every now and then you crave the company of chaos and enjoy nuzzling up to discordance, then this mail-order only gem is worth the trouble it will take to obtain." (review by Dan the Automator in Cowsound)


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