TONGUE // How Nice It Is

This is to introduce a project that I have been working on with three friends and collaborators. TONGUE is a band project, consisting of two trombones, vocals and electronics / synthesisers. We released our debut E.P. with Don’t Delay records on 1 September with an audio-visual installation at the River Rooms at Somerset House. The installation was a collaboration with the artist Sam Travis, who also designed the cover art and website for the release.

 

Here’s the TONGUE bio:

TONGUE is musicians Huw Thomas (Glad Hand), Timothy Slater (Adult Jazz) and sound artist Alex De Little. Paring down compositions to include only trombone and voice – alongside additional electronic manipulation from producer Dan Jacobs (AEVA, Glad Hand, Makeness) – TONGUE explore songwriting and arrangement within the framework of these instrumental limitations.

 

And here’s a review of the E.P., courtesy of Norman Records:

‘Nicely weirded, Tongue. What this band make out of a struggle is marvellous: their holy trinity of trombones, vocals and electronics make for an EP of writhing, half-completed pop music, as if these songs were wading through the bad underwater level of a wonderful video game.

“How Nice It Is” offers languishing trombone notes and a swarm of vocal coos, both stomped on by beats that leave the footprint of a dinosaur on proceedings. It sounds both delicate and unrooting, recalling the newer electronic developments of Adult Jazz with kinda glorious results. “You Say / Hallelujah Me” sees a short, snappy aphorism on the horn loop into a majestic calamity of fanfare noise not dissimilar from Sufjan Stevens’ work on ‘The Age of Adz’ — the record makes a real racket out of its sparse framework, this track burrowing itself into near-techno bleat and a euphoric looped outro.

Flip it and the band continue their gleeful disregard for the musical constitution, pushing their instruments onto a cantankerous drone of horns that recalls Yoshi Wada at full blast. Then you get “Thanks Being”, where they segue into a marching movement before quickly dovetailing it back into the trombone’s booming, tectonic bass notes. Honestly, I can’t believe I put off listening to this for so long — it’s a fantastic bit of bleat.’

 

Check out Hang and Thanks Being below, and visit TONGUE’s digital home here.