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Tautlologic: Re:Psychle

Between 2000 and 2002 Tautologic set about releasing a pair of albums, before staging 'multimedia' theatrical pieces featuring their music. A third album, Re:Psychle was recorded in 2007 but the band ground to a halt due to financial challenges.

A decade later and Tautologic are back with that unreleased effort, and a six piece line-up, although sixteen different people are credited as contributing. So convoluted in the creation this album may have been, but fittingly, convoluted in execution it also appears to be. That may sound harsh but the psych prog and much else that unfolds here is indulgent in a way that needs unlocking and unravelling. Nothing is instantly revealed and no real singular groove ever sought out. That in itself is a strength but it's also a weakness, different tracks satisfying in different ways and at different times. I've played this album through numerous times and found every piece at some point to be a rewarding interesting excursion and at others, off hand exercises in self fulfilment.

The core duo of the band has long been singer, keyboardist, acoustic guitar player Ethan Sellars and drummer Pat Buzby and much sparks off the bases they build. Using the likes of Camel, Caravan and countless others as foundations, what spins off can be seen as psychedelic, jazzy, fusion, art, avant-garde and even straight up prog and pop. It's great fun and quite a trial, while being tough going and instantly rewarding. In the end, as "The Professor" and "Coltrane Supermarket" or "Osaka Garden" and "Loud Shoes" play out, it's this never ending lack of cohesion that leaves you impressed but at arms length. Desperately seeking to find out more, but often on the wrong side of the door marked 'answers'. That in itself may have been partly the point Tautologic set out to achieve, with the initial music laid out here part of a wider picture that involved other moving, theatrical parts. Maybe the solutions were there, for while everything here is immaculately crafted and carefully constructed, conclusions are seldom catered for.

Track Listing
1. Loud Shoes
2. Not If But When
3. The Admiral
4. The Professor
5. On Your Left
6. The Choirboy
7. Coltrane Supermarket
8. The Whistler
9. The Gospel Lady
10. Osaka Garden

Added: February 24th 2018
Reviewer: Steven Reid
Related Link: Tautologic online
Hits: 311
Language: english

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