Ladies and Gentlemen, I introduce to you:
Who are these people? Theyâ€™re a group on Full Time Hobby Records (former home of The Hold Steady, current home of Viva Voce), who bill their genre as “folktronica,” which seems as apt a name as any other for this extremely experimental sound. Much of it is electronic: Ambient noise spliced with random people saying (or shouting) things (probably clips from movies or TV shows). But then thereâ€™ll be a real song stuck in there, like â€œItâ€™s Because Weâ€™ve Got Hairâ€ from Comments from the Inner Chorus, which has a truly beautiful melody. And sometimes theyâ€™ll combine the two, as in â€œMan in the Box,â€ throwing a sound collage over a perfectly good song. The combo tunes make for something extraordinary and wildly unique, and their most interesting work. Theyâ€™ll take a lyrical theme thatâ€™s vaguely mythical (like fairy tales or abstract woodland fantasy) and combine it with gentle banjo or
acoustic strumming, making it sound like a traditional folk song, but then jam electronic blips or vibrations over it. â€œSweet Williamâ€ is a great example of this. Old fashioned music done new-fangled.
And then thereâ€™s the singular cover: â€œPioneers.â€
Jenny Again-Tunng. From â€œComments from the Inner Chorus.â€
Sweet William-Tunng. From â€œComments from the Inner Chorus.â€
Pioneers (Bloc Party cover)-Tunng. From â€œThe Pioneers EP.â€
Motherâ€™s Daughter-Tunng. From â€œMotherâ€™s Daughter and Other Songs.”