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Sunday 18 February 2018

Bidding fond farewell to folktronica

Let there be light: Former folkies Tunng
Let there be light: Former folkies Tunng
John Meagher

John Meagher

Album Review: Tunng Turbines (Full Time Hobby) 4 STARS

London's Tunng were at the forefront of the UK's folktronica movement in the middle part of last decade, but their early electronic influences appear to have been phased out.

Turbines, their fifth album, is much more about the clever interplay between organic instruments than a marriage of folk and synthetic sound, and it's all the better for it.

So Far from Here is typical of their slow-burning appeal: a stately composition in which the male and female vocals mesh together beautifully, it unfurls beguilingly.

Elsewhere, The Village and Once are stripped back to their bare bones and the simplicity of their arrangements resonates powerfully. They offer reminders that some songs – if sturdily composed from the outset – don't necessarily need to be dolled up.

It should be said that the band haven't abandoned their electronica interests completely: Heavy Rock Warning's beats and glitches sit comfortably alongside more conventional instrumentation.

KEY TRACKS The Village; So Far from Here

Irish Independent

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