Brooklyn-based Tigue is a group of three percussionists with a fluid musical identity. Praised for their energetic and focused performances, Matt Evans, Amy Garapic and Carson Moody have played together since they were practically children – continuously making their own blend of instrumental minimalism while simultaneously performing in collaborative projects. Second studio effort Strange Paradise sees them building worlds as a unit, pushing each other to transcend the limits and expectations of their percussion instrumentation in the construction of long-form, radiant hypnotic soundscapes.
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 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 – shape shifting 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.