Tempest

Album Review of Tempest by Tussle.

Tempest

Tussle

Tempest by Tussle

Release Date: Oct 16, 2012
Record label: Smalltown Supersound
Genre(s): Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock, Instrumental Rock

65 Music Critic Score
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Tempest - Fairly Good, Based on 4 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

Tussle took a break after releasing the ambitious Cream Cuts, but they found inspiration in their time off. Contributing the song "Soft Crush" to the 2009 comp Tradi-Mods vs. Rockers: Alternative Takes on Congotronics, the band applied that track's simpler approach to their fourth album, Tempest. While these songs are certainly more stripped-down than any of the band's previous work, and especially when compared to Cream Cuts' dense pile-ons, in its own way Tempest furthers the concept of organic-sounding dance music they developed on their last album.

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Pitchfork - 60
Based on rating 6.0/10
60

Shamelessly infatuated with Cologne geniuses, Kingston greats, and New York cult heroes, Tussle have never had a wholly unique sound. But they've definitely had a signature style. Taking off from dub's radical reduction of reggae to bass and noise, post-punk's DIY appropriation of funk, and krautrock's hairy perversions of academic electronics, Tussle's minimalist beat contraptions were take-it-or-leave-it stark, and occasionally indistinguishable.

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Prefix Magazine - 55
Based on rating 5.5/10
55

Described in broad terms Tussle's fourth album, Tempest, is built nearly identically to the three full lengths that come before it. The formula is simple: Its runtime is dominated by long groove-oriented instrumentals. The band's jigsaw-tight rhythm section provides the backbone of each track and a diachronic array of electronic ornamentation flesh out the body.

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Exclaim
Their review was generally favourable

Change is good. The first three albums by Tussle established the San Francisco band as a mainstay in dance rock, with their post-punk and Krautrock influences propelling their polyrhythmic beats into the stratosphere. With their fourth album, "hybridity" is no longer a primary descriptor of their sound. Tempest sees Tussle present themselves as a pure electronic act, managing to pack more rave into one album than Klaxons could muster in their entire catalogue.

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