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And Then We Saw Land

Tunng Audio CD
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Tunng: always different, always the same. The band we meet, gathered in a cosy room in a Dutch barge on the Thames, are here to talk about a record that is dramatically different to any of their previous three. It's got a new lyricist and a new lead vocalist. It's got drums. It's got synthesizers. It's got massed singalong choruses. It's got guitar solos. And rather ... Read more in Amazon's Tunng Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Mar 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Full Time Hobby
  • ASIN: B0035LXVI4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,237 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

A quiet and oh-so English revolution has swept through folkie collective Tunng since their last album, 2007’s Good Arrows. Not only have they lost founding member, singer and once-chief songwriter Sam Genders, they’ve added a new lyricist, renewed their acquaintance with electronic experimentation and embraced their inner adventurer. And, like all revolutions before they turn into despotic dictatorships, it’s been a revealing, liberating experience.

It wasn’t easy, however. Troubled by collective writers’ block, they embarked on a tour last year with desert bluesmen Tinariwen, finding common ground in their very different musical heritages that produced a snaky, loose-limbed hybrid of both bands’ work that freed up their minds. Their asses, as George Clinton once predicted, soon followed, and after three albums that gradually toned down the blips and squelches, …And Then We Saw Land is littered with electronic flourishes which take Tunng far beyond the ‘folktronica’ tag they’ve been handed. In fact, if you look at it from the other direction, they’ve become less a folk band with bleepy bits and more the acoustic Hot Chip.

This set is dazzling in its breadth. The most traditional track here, the almost a cappella These Winds, could be a group of pub singers by a forest inn fireside, and yet it’s sandwiched between By Dusk They Were in the City, which features a Thin Lizzy-esque guitar solo, and Santiago, which circles a cute synth melody and looped handclaps. And then there is The Roadside. If it was played by robots it would be hailed as Kraftwerk at their epic best; if it was shrouded in layers of guitars small indie boys would be throwing their caps in the air that Spiritualized’s return was nigh. But it isn’t. It’s largely acoustic but has all the repetitive, explosive, shuddering and gliding hallmarks of a Motorik classic or an indie gospel masterpiece.

Throughout, there is a sense of rebirth, nowhere more so than in the voice of Becky Jacobs. This is the first time on an album she’s taken centre stage, and her new-found confidence swims through everything else.

Tunng were always the eccentric cousins of British folk: a band born in a basement that played seat-of-the-pants shows with Malian freedom fighters, at ease with traditional folk music as cut up loops and samples. That, however, is a world they’ve outgrown. Instead of shadowing the pack, this album puts them right up the front. --Andy Fyfe

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Their biggest and best album yet 2 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
Tunng's fourth album sees them operating as a full five-piece band rather than simply the personal project of Mike Lindsay and the now-departed Sam Genders Thinking cynically, this could be an attempt to finally shake off the `folktronica' tag, a tiresome label which presumably gets as much welcome as a one-star review to the bands lumped with it. But of course, that's not the case (though it might be a nice side-effect): this is a natural evolution, and it's yielded some joyous results.

`...And Then We Saw Land' is by far Tunng's most accessible work yet, its bigger scope allowing Lindsay's ear for melody to take centre stage. In `Hustle' they have their first radio-friendly hit, a cute shuffle flavoured with banjos and African-flavoured percussion (they've clearly been taking some notes since touring with members Tinariwen last year). Elsewhere they take their trademarks of delicate fingerpicked guitar and nature imagery and apply them to their most memorable tunes yet.

But this is by no means a reluctant bid for commercial appeal. It is a shame to see a curtail of the liberal use of samples and electronics which made their earlier albums so distinctive - the bleepy refrains which make up the second half of the album will be greeted warmly by their fans - but the songwriting is stronger than ever and the fact the band has been fleshed out never compromises the songs' intimacy. There's none of the grating filler that 2007's `Good Arrows' suffered. "Don't look down or back" sings the 15-person `Mega Chorus' of mates on the epic track of the same name. It's a philosophy that the confident and fully-formed Tunng of this fine fourth album clearly shares.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Their best yet! 18 Mar 2010
By Simon
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Earlier albums featured moments of song writing genius linked by pleasant musical meanderings. These were as if they had set out to complete a song or two but the sun was shining and they were smiling, so the songs remained unfinished but delightful. This album is a more cohesive set of individual songs yet it is no less Tunng. Whether or not any of the individual songs matches your favourites from the past is a matter of personal taste but the overall quality is far more consistent.

They are often described as Folk but there is no Celtic nostalgia here, no melodies reverse engineered across the pond through modal tuning, no longing for the mines, no working hardship, pirates, poachers, highwaymen or lords and ladies dancing. If this references the past it is the whimsical innocence of Barrett's Floyd or the lyrical brilliance of Ray Davies at his peak. Their work speaks not to the England that would break us but to the England in our hearts, or perhaps the one just a step or two beyond the looking glass.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not my favourite but very good nonetheless. 21 April 2010
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Tunng's fourth album felt long overdue. I've been following the band since Comments of the Inner Chorus was released, and loved it all.

There is some very different stuff here from This is Tunng - Mother's Daughter and Other Songs and Comments. This feels like a continuation of some of the trajectories in Good Arrows. I like it a lot, although it doesn't appeal to me quite as much as the earlier stuff.

But then, if they stayed in the same groove with each new record then it would get boring wouldn't it?
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5.0 out of 5 stars October 4 Jun 2014
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"October" was the first Tunng track I came across (on BBC Radio 3’s Late Junction), and it prompted me to buy the album. which turned out to be inventive throughout. “October” is representative, an original song that sounds traditional with its contrasting vocal duo singing in octaves (by Mike Lindsay and Becky Jacobs), with whispering, breathing and silence contributing greatly to the atmosphere, unexpected electronic music interludes, quirky instrumentation and cross rhythm accompanying figures on guitar, keyboards and backing vocals.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ok to disappointing 26 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
Well first, I've read the other reviews and don't particularly disagree with any - both those that like it and the one that doesn't. That could sound silly in a review of most bands, but maybe fitting for a Tunng album. All those new ingredients are there and most are as good as claimed. I like the opening acoustic guitar opening, and the heavy guitar solo and general power of "don't look down or back", the extra colours of the tonal palette and increased dynamic range compared to earlier albums. With a few exceptions ("santiago" is just a bit irritating), it all works well, there's lots of good bits. So what's missing? Why doesn't it hold my attention over time? Where's the bigger resonance of the ideas of the earlier albums? Oh yes, the songs aren't as good. It's all a bit more ordinary. Or accessible, if you like. The claim is that it's more like the live band, and this may be true - I've seen them a few times, and they've not come across that well. OK, sometimes that was problems with the sound, and they really need the right venue, festival stages just fail them. And like the live shows, I really want to like this, and kind of do. It's ok. But come on, this is Tunng, they have been AWESOME. This is, well, a little bit awesome and a little bit bland. Guess I better check out what Sam Genders is up to...
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