[ah037] Ten and tracer - You'll be a hero soon, speaker
Label: Archaic Horizon Records
Released: January 2010
1. Fenton Relay Tag 2. Wentzl Ruml 3. Have You Ever Been? 4. Dodecahedron Leads the Way 5. After Time 6. Eclipse Vide 7. Sometime Tyne-tees 8. Edgar
Jonathan Canupp, the fellow behind the name Ten and Tracer, gives us these previously thought to be lost songs as the album 'You'll be a Hero Soon, Speaker'. He says they come from one of the best and most transformative periods of my life and reflect a new expermintation in his music. As fans of Ten and Tracer's early work would expect, this album is filled with the corrupted chords and detuned drones that listeners quickly learned to crave. Synths are ever mysterious, as they elusively pan the stereo field and compose emotive melodies.
While some tracks revolve entirely around ambient tones and melodies, drums remain an integral part of Ten and Tracers music. As Jonathan says, "they're probably made out of tapping twigs and reproduced Rolands". Whatever the case, for songs like 'Dodecahedron Leads the Way' and 'Sometimes Tyne-Tees' the rhythms become a more driving force. Their soft timbres and lively repetitions create a beautiful counter to the swelling, sustained chords so prominent in this album. Aside from this rhythmic play over ambient textures, Ten and Tracer laces in samples of obscured voices and clever references leaving much to be deciphered.