Monday, October 13, 2008

Tussle, Cream Cuts

I became familiar with the San Fran freeform four piece Tussle when they opened for Hot Chip at Antone's in 2007. The band's third krautrock-leaning full-length record Cream Cuts was produced by Thom Monahan (Devendra Banhart, Brightblack Morning Light), and features Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip, who can be heard on the track "Titan." Tussle's original bassist was Andy Cabic, now the frontman of freak-folks Vetiver, and his bass work can also be heard throughout most of the album.

Tussle's stripped down, funky dance-rock is an acquired taste, but its creativity and execution makes it well worth your attention. Their music falls somewhere in the neighborhood of krautrock, trance and house music, except it is mingled with multiple layers of rhythmic percussion, psychedelic effects, and live instrumentation. I had tried out some of their earlier work back in the day, but none of it seemed to be nearly as complete as Cream Cuts. Hear a couple of my favorites below, and head to myspace to hear more.


ben said...

sounds good, thanks for heads up!