Release Date: Jun 18, 2012
Record label: Kompakt
Most of Taragana Pyjarama's first full-length album has a direct reference point in numerous other electronic albums released over the past few years. That's not a criticism. If anything, one of the best compliments I can pay Tipped Bowls is that it sounds like ten albums I've heard before, but there's no single album that sounds just like it. It is pretty, tinkly, swirly and feels as though it's all taking place in something the size of a petri dish-- disco for microbes, maybe.
When you call your debut LP Tipped Bowls, you’re pretty much setting yourself up to be considered “high art”: something that comes off as impenetrable and rarified. Taragana Pyjarama – which is the alias for Danish producer Nick Eriksen – does reach for some high flautin’ concepts across the 10 tracks presented on the album, but Eriksen’s apparently not above getting a little 8-bit here and there. You will hear on a few songs the “warp” noises along with the 1-UP and coin collection sounds lifted from the original Super Mario Bros.
Copenhagen, Denmark's Nick Eriksen debuted on Fool House with a 2011 EP led by swirling, heavens-reaching tracks like "Ocean" and "Girls." The release was supported by Trentemøller and Michael Mayer, the latter of whom signed the producer to Cologne's Kompakt label. This self-titled set is the follow-up -- Eriksen's first album as Taragana Pyjarama. It's neither as spooky nor as makeshift as the cover might indicate.
I look to my right and see a pasty faced guy in a red hooded top crouched over a moog synthesizer. He talks into a silver microphone, but what he says doesn’t appear to be human. Around him, in the corner of the bar are chin strokers and slow motion head nodders, they seem to be getting this. I’m not fully comprehending or even understanding what is going on.
Last year, Danish producer Nick Eriksen released a gorgeously constructed self-titled EP under the name Taragana Pyjarama. The aptly titled EP standout, "Oceans," was a perfect example of how a driving beat could be used for more than just shameless club bangers. On Tipped Bowls, his debut LP, Erikson falls in-line with dreamy progressives like Caribou and Four Tet, generating ten new compositions that sound as beautiful as they do bouncy.