Tapage
Overgrown


4.5
superb

Review

by Zettel USER (37 Reviews)
December 8th, 2011 | 8 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tapage is on the rise.

Let us see: if you are familiar with the music usually associated with the "IDM" tag, there is no description I could use for this album that you have not heard before. Not only that: you probably will not find anything truly unique in Tapage's Overgrown. But, damn, what a great record this is.

Tijs Ham aka Tapage is a relatively new name in the scene, releasing his first full-length in 2008, The Institute Of Random Events, and this 2011 Ham is finally graduating from the imaginary IDM College.Of Sound, with his third effort Overgrown. Tapage was always an advanced student, and his previous works showcased a notorious talent, but somehow he was still not quite there. This new album, though, fully displays his outstanding command of the aesthetics and inner workings of the IDM style. He borrows a little from seemingly every major figure in the genre, a bit from Bola, a bit from Plaid, a little from Autechre, shades of Gridlock, and then he proceeds to shape every single influence into something certainly not original but definitely cool-sounding. Every thing that can be attractive from glitchy sounds, unusual and abstract soundscapes, oddly structured compositions or irregular rhythms, is effectively condensed in an hour.

What strikes the most is how engaging a recording Overgrown is. To newcomers this album might seem "out there" at points, but it is above it all a very dynamic and rich listen, full of little surprises and a very interesting sound. It is apparent that Tapage is in his element when creating glitchy soundscapes --all his previous works are testament to this--, but this new record is perhaps his best rounded and more accessible. Constantly shifting and pulsating, filling the air with micro-sounds and strong beats, Overgrown is arguably the top IDM album of this year.



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MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2011


4507 Comments


Hmm ... somebody say Autechre?

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 9th 2011


6145 Comments


good review, pos


From what you write, you may enjoy Beefcake too (especially their last two albums).

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/bands/Beefcake/21506/





Edit: Listened to this, this is good, but nothing groundbreaking in general...

As I said, listen to Drei and Coincidentia Oppositorum from Beefcake and your 4.5 in here will turn to a 3.5...

Digging: Raven Throne - ???????? ?????????

taylormemer
December 9th 2011


4917 Comments


lol Tapage

Zettel
December 9th 2011


598 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Voivod:

I am glad you listened to this. The point was never the album was groundbreaking in any degree, it just shows Tapage's mastery of the sound. I agree Beefcake's body of work is spectacular (I also follow Khal's work with Kattoo), but I still think this is one of the year' finest.

EDIT: None of Beefcake's albums are reviewed on here! Come on, Voivod, what are you waiting for? ;-)

Thanks for reading, you all.

Yotimi
December 9th 2011


6505 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll be sure to check this out. And yeah Drei rules.

Digging: Chrome Sparks - Goddess

Activista anti-MTV
December 10th 2011


3144 Comments


Have to check this out.

scissorlocked
December 10th 2011


3510 Comments


will dig this anytime soon

good review

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 10th 2011


6145 Comments


EDIT: None of Beefcake's albums are reviewed on here! Come on, Voivod, what are you waiting for? ;-)

While i can write a review for rock/metal music literally with my eyes closed, I find it difficult - for the time being, that is - to describe the vibe and feel of Electronica records.

However, I'm reading reviews from Deviant, you, Adash and the other Electronica Sputnik nuts to get ideas, so that time to do the Beefcake records will be up sometime, I give you that.



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