Vapour Trails

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Tuxedomoon's continuing career as a thriving self-contained artistic unit, long after the era most casual fans associate them with, works as an inspiration on its own, but it's especially good to hear that the music remains at a high quality as well. Vapour Trails, recorded in Blaine L. Reininger's recent home base of Athens, finds him and his colleagues -- lifers Steven Brown and Peter Principle, plus Luc Van Lieshout -- pursuing their muses as they choose, mixing and matching sounds in unusual ways, simultaneously straightforwardly melodic and fracturing around the edges. Their sense of dwelling in a wide world on all fronts is readily heard even in the lyrics -- Reininger's first vocal is in Spanish on "Muchos ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
Tuxedomoon's continuing career as a thriving self-contained artistic unit, long after the era most casual fans associate them with, works as an inspiration on its own, but it's especially good to hear that the music remains at a high quality as well. Vapour Trails, recorded in Blaine L. Reininger's recent home base of Athens, finds him and his colleagues -- lifers Steven Brown and Peter Principle, plus Luc Van Lieshout -- pursuing their muses as they choose, mixing and matching sounds in unusual ways, simultaneously straightforwardly melodic and fracturing around the edges. Their sense of dwelling in a wide world on all fronts is readily heard even in the lyrics -- Reininger's first vocal is in Spanish on "Muchos Colores," while other lyrics perhaps unsurprisingly feature Greek the chanting on "Epso Meth Lama" helps make that song the most dramatic on the whole album, a slowly building epic in miniature. The album's eight selections almost seem to be internally melting, everything from cool jazz brass to distant strings to bubbling rhythm boxes resulting in the near equivalent of chiaroscuro, light and dark and more blended into something new and distinct. Brown's saxophone work often provides the role of lead instrument, adding a soaring counterpoint to the chugging growl of "Still Small Voice" and the more murky free float of "Dark Temple," while Van Lieshout's trumpet provides counterpoint on "Big Olive." The group's sense of wry humor certainly hasn't disappeared either -- "Kubrick," one of the band's more unsettling instrumental tracks to start with, with the basslines providing the anchor of deep washes of electronic and piano, gets a further boost from the wordless vocal parts clearly meant to resemble the famous unearthly choirs heard on 2001: A Space Odyssey
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2008
  • Label: Crammed Disc Us
  • UPC: 876623005681
  • Catalog Number: 1616

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Muchos Colores (5:26)
  2. 2 Still Small Voice (5:26)
  3. 3 Kubrick (7:14)
  4. 4 Big Olive (6:25)
  5. 5 Dark Temple (7:07)
  6. 6 Dizzy (6:42)
  7. 7 Epso Meth Lama (9:10)
  8. 8 Wading into Love (4:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tuxedomoon Primary Artist
Blaine L. Reininger Guitar, Violin, Keyboards, Viola, Vocals, Voices
Steven Brown Organ, Clarinet, Piano, Keyboards, Saxophone, Vocals
Luc van Lieshout Harmonica, Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Peter Principle Bass, Guitar, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Vincent Kenis Mastering
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