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Tarentel

We Move Through Weather CD

The stories that make up Tarentel's existence are almost as dramatic and hard to follow as their musical trajectory. The San Francisco group started in the mid-90s as an outlet for guitarists Jefre Cantu-Ledesma and Danny Grody to make left-of-center instrumental guitar suites. Their sound and vision proved very infectious, drawing in more collaborators and full-fledged members than anyone has time to count. Over the course of nearly a decade, the band has become a bit of a legend in independent music; the very rare group that has simultaneously charmed and confounded legions of fans across the world. Where there is a Tarentel performance, there is usually a story to follow: Their infamous performance that literally shattered a ballroom chandelier; the night they blew the power in a venue and continued playing the moment power was restored without missing a beat; the performance at Terrastock that made spectators see spots for several minutes afterwards. The only thing longer than the stories are the songs themselves. Averaging over 10 minutes each with some stretching past the half-hour mark it's quite common for a Tarentel album to be made up of no more than 5 or 6 songs, and pushing well over an hour's length. Perhaps then, it comes as a bit of a surprise that their first album in nearly four years bears more songs in less time than ever before. Though hardly a pop record, We Move Through Weather is Tarentel's most focused album since their 1999 debut, From Bone To Satellite. However, the similarities stop there. Now stripped to a trio (Sonna's Jim Redd completes the line-up on drums), the sound is almost entirely intuitive. Virtually every song is built from expansive improvisations of sweeping drones and walls of discordant feedback. Where taught, meticulous guitar melodies once drove their songs to conclusion, thunderous drumming now navigates the group through an uncertain abyss of layered noise, horn bursts(courtesy of musician Steve Dye's arsenal of homemade instruments) and the occasional lonely piano. Perhaps for the first time since their inception, the studio Tarentel and the live Tarentel are one and the same. With nearly all obvious reference points now removed, their music has become incredibly difficult to describe. Rather than trying to say its sounds like this or that, now you're best off just saying "Let me tell you a story..."
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