PRESS RELEASE: ANNOUNCING: Tigue's sophomore album "Strange Paradise"


Strange Paradise

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out April 27

pre-order via Bandcamp

watch album trailer

Album Release Show:

featuring live performance of album + opening set by Operator Music Band

Sunday, April 27 - 8:00pm
LPR Presents at Elsewhere
Brooklyn, NY

album art by  Devra Freelander  and  Gregory Wikstrom

album art by Devra Freelander and Gregory Wikstrom

" imaginative, distinctive, hypnotic yet kinetic blend of
indie classical, minimalism, post-rock and drone music."

— Alan Young, New York Music Daily

New Amsterdam Records is excited to announce Strange Paradise, the sophomore album from Brooklyn-based composer-performer percussion trio Tigue. Co-released by NewAm (CD + digital) and NNA Tapes (vinyl), the album follows the group’s widely-celebrated debut album, Peaks (2015) and is now available for pre-order via Bandcamp.

The band will also celebrate the album’s release on Friday, April 27 with a performance at Brooklyn's Elsewhere, a new multi-room venue from the owners of the now-defunct venue Glasslands. The performance is presented by LPR Presents and Operator Music Band will open. Tickets are on sale now here.

Tigue is a group of three percussionists with a fluid musical identity. Praised for their energetic and focused performances, the members of Tigue (Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody) have continued to to develop their own language of instrumental minimalism while simultaneously performing in collaborative endeavors over the past five years. Strange Paradise sees them creating as a unit, pushing each other to transcend the limits and expectations of their percussion instrumentation through the construction of long-form, radiant hypnotic soundscapes described by the group as “rendered in ecstatic complexity.”

The music on Strange Paradise flows directly from the hands and minds of the members, the result of a deep human connection that can only come from playing music together for nearly a decade. The group wrote the music with a sense of immediacy — everyone together in a room, with vibraphones, drums, synthesizers, gongs and garbage — with every sound maintaining an intimate connection to its creator. The members’ distinct musical voices interlock seamlessly, and the pieces radiate with warmth.

As a result, Strange Paradise is a luminous, abstract, non-narrative world that funnels inspiration from patterns, objects, and relationships. Built on an intricate patchwork of tones where instrumental lines and textures shift in and out of alignment to produce a vibrating landscape, Strange Paradise is designed for a mode of “extended listening” — asking listeners to explore slow gradations of change between rhythm and texture. The album creates a sound environment that envelopes the listener but continually defies expectation — shapeshifting at each point it seems understood. Though the music floats from the serene to the uncanny, Strange Paradise is perhaps most notable for providing a distinct sensation of interconnectedness. 

Tigue  Top to bottom:  Matt Evans, Amy Garapic,  and  Carson Moody  Photo Credit: Catalina Kulczar

Top to bottom: Matt Evans, Amy Garapic, and Carson Moody
Photo Credit: Catalina Kulczar

Strange Paradise was produced by Tigue & Seth Manchester, and recorded at Machines with Magnets in Pawtucket RI and Brooklyn NY. The album was engineered and mixed by Seth Manchester, and mastered by Heba Kadry at Timeless Mastering. Special guests on “Triangle” include: Benedict Kupstas (guitar); Seth Manchester (guitar); Tristan Kasten-Krause (bass); Trevor Wilson (Wurlitzer); and Eliot Krimsky (OP1).