Tiger My Friend

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All Music Guide - K. Ross Hoffman
Much like fellow Londoners Tunng and Adem, Psapp the cat-obsessed duo of Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant combine the idyllic laptop IDM of Four Tet and isan whose Robin Saville released this album in the U.K. on his Arable label with gentle bossa nova and folk-inflected songwriting, infused with their endearingly lighthearted personal sensibility. Tiger, My Friend, their debut full-length, impresses first with its whimsy: it's rife with the sounds of toy instruments xylophones, pan flutes, accordions, music boxes, toy-like noisemakers typewriters, door hinges, alarm clocks, and straight-up toys. Actually, who knows where they got all these squeaks and blips and whirrs ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - K. Ross Hoffman
Much like fellow Londoners Tunng and Adem, Psapp the cat-obsessed duo of Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant combine the idyllic laptop IDM of Four Tet and isan whose Robin Saville released this album in the U.K. on his Arable label with gentle bossa nova and folk-inflected songwriting, infused with their endearingly lighthearted personal sensibility. Tiger, My Friend, their debut full-length, impresses first with its whimsy: it's rife with the sounds of toy instruments xylophones, pan flutes, accordions, music boxes, toy-like noisemakers typewriters, door hinges, alarm clocks, and straight-up toys. Actually, who knows where they got all these squeaks and blips and whirrs and burbles and scrapes; the credits list a cat and a beer can, while the album artwork depicts mysterious keyboard-like devices with labels including "strum press wigglers," "surprise noise buttons," and "spectral weasel." For all their imaginatively goofy sound-harvesting though, Psapp's substance lies in their sophisticated and strangely sober songs, which are generally built on fairly traditional foundations -- softly plucked acoustic guitars, parlor-room pianos, stately string arrangements -- with some additional electronic tweaking and trickery, and always buoyed by Durant's honeyed, understated vocals. The result is an appealing and somewhat unique balancing act; the emotional resonance of the songwriting preventing the record from feeling trite or overly gimmicky while the persistent childlike playfulness leavens some potentially too-solemn songs. Indeed, the lyrics sometimes get surprisingly dour -- "Leaving in Coffins" meditates on mortality and aging, while other songs "King Kong," the spare "Counter," even the lovely, resignedly affirmative "Curuncula" reflect the push and pull of a fraught relationship which it's difficult to imagine could too closely resemble Clasmann and Durant's own. On the other hand, there's "About Fun," whose curious cat-like lyrics "I want a bowl of cold milk," "let's have a bite of raw meat" fit nicely into its quirky-jerky Latin-tinged groove -- it's not just about fun, it is, and so, resoundingly, lyrical content notwithstanding, is Tiger, My Friend.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/2/2004
  • Label: Leaf Spain
  • UPC: 843190000098
  • Catalog Number: 41
  • Sales rank: 357,325

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Northdown Flat B1 (0:31)
  2. 2 Rear Moth (3:56)
  3. 3 Leaving in Coffins (4:13)
  4. 4 Calm Down (4:21)
  5. 5 Velvet Pony (3:48)
  6. 6 About Fun (3:41)
  7. 7 Curuncula (5:45)
  8. 8 King Kong (4:10)
  9. 9 The Counter (3:51)
  10. 10 Chapter (2:40)
  11. 11 Tiger, My Friend (4:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Psapp Primary Artist
Shawn Lee Drums
Technical Credits
Timothy Whelan Composer
Carim Clasmann Audio Production
Psapp Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful Music

    This is one of the best CDs I have ever listened to. Psapp's use of beats and seemingly-precussion instruments adds a lot to the music, not to mention that the songs are extremely catchy. The songs are great for relaxing. All the songs on this CD are good, but my favorite remains the title song, Tiger, My Friend. Two other songs not found on this CD, also my Psapp, are Cosy in the Rocket and In My Head, both of which are also excellent.

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