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TANGLE EDGE / HISTORY

Tangle Edge
Psychedelic ethnic, & ritualistic / raga space-rock from Norway


 

The torch bearers of underground instrumental space rock from Norway since the 1980s. They have almost constantly been the line-up of Ronald Nygård (guitar) and Hasse Horrigmoe (bass), plus various drummers and occasionally a winds player. Both Ronald and Hasse are also adept multi-instrumentalists, which has kept the palate of the recordings varied although nearly always within a recognisable style. Their brand of instrumental rock draws in a wide range of influences, not least a lot of Nordic culture, and a wide variety of Eastern ethnic influences, with references to early Amon Düül II, Popol Vuh and Hawkwind, their sound is both familiar and unique.
    Of our Auricle releases "Improvised Drop-Outs" was one of our biggest sellers for a while, and is now a rare cassette. It has since been reissued as just "Droupouts" (which is a slightly different mix and includes six new tracks, with one track omitted) on LP & CD. The two new ones "Sumerian Kings And Joyful Doubts" and "Cosmorama" were previously issued on Tangle Edge's own CDR label, and have been remastered for these new reissues. These both document Tangle Edge live in the 1990s with material from the albums "In Search Of A New Dawn" and "Entangled Scorpio Entrance" plus previously undocumented compositions.

Expose review of Tangle Edge's "Tarka"
Always of interest, the Norweigan trio Tangle Edge have been around for quite a while now, putting out great instrumental rock. "Tarka" is a worthy comeback from a band we haven't heard anything studio-wise from since the belated "Eulogy". The band is still a trio and this album seems to be more like "In Search Of A New Dawn" than "Eulogy" with an equal tradeoff between ethnic tinged and acoustic oriented soft pieces, and those ripping jams with tons of guitar soloing. I do lament the fact that Tangle Edge don't find a fourth member, as on "Eulogy" the addition of sax and flute was a good idea. At times, when the band goes into a long jam, the bass lines can get fairly repetitive, it's like you're waiting for that fourth melodic or rhythmic line that gives it something else to listen for. Ronald Nygard fills this in sometimes, especially when there is both an electric and acoustic playing simultaneously - these parts are absolutely beautiful. Nygard is certainly one of the best guitarists of the current progressive scene, his playing is as sublime as some of the masters. Yeah, I like it - a lot in fact, the more I listen to it the more I uncover. It's their best in many years. Mike McLatchey.

Fom GEPR - http://www.gepr.net/ta.html
Tangle Edge are a relatively new Norwegian psych band that like to go off on extended guitar excursions. They have made quite a stir among psych fans. I have two albums, In Search of a New Dawn and the live, 2CD set Entangled Scorpio Entrance. In Search... is a good blend of acoustic and electric guitars, flutes, bowed guitar (sounding like an electrified hybrid of violin and sitar), moog and a variety of percussion (such as bells and bongos) weaved together into a cerebromorphing series of songs. The eight minute "A Secret Inside Clopedia" is a celestial blend of bongos, acoustic guitar and the bowed electric guitar; other songs, such as "Caesar's Integrated Flaw" and the 15 minute "Solorgy" are mind-bending electric jams. Most of the songs are in the 2-5 minute range. This album is a solid doses of psychedelia! Entangled Scorpio Entrance finds the band down to a trio (they had been five members) in a live setting so their sound is parred down relative to In Search.... On this outing, you can hear the band's propensity to go off on long guitar jams. The longest track is nearly 30 minutes and four others are between 14-20 minutes. Heck, the remaining two songs are each more than nine minutes in length and the total set runs just shy of two hours. None of these songs appear on In Search of a New Dawn. The trio is just electric guitar, bass and drums. The long (relatively speaking) songs tend to run on a bit but I don't mind so much when I have a buzz on. It's not the recommended starting place though. Tangle Edge are recommended only to psychedelia fans. Most prog fans will find it boring, I'm sure. -- Mike Taylor

discography...

IMPROVISED DROP OUTS - MC Mushroom MR 001C (1983), Auricle AMC 043 (1990)
LIVE IN THE PRESENCE OF APHRODITE ‎- MC Mushroom MR 003 (1986)
RADIO STROGANOFF 1986 ‎- MC private (1986) demo
The Approaching Triptykhon Sunset - 7" flexi Vinyl VS-04 (1987)
IN SEARCH OF A NEW DAWN - LP Mushroom MUSHLP 1 (1989), CD Demi Monde DMCD 1009 (1994)
ENTANGLED SCORPIO ENTRANCE - 2CD Mushroom MUSHCD 1/2 (1992), 3LP Colours COSLP 011 (1992)
EULOGY - LP Demi Monde DMLP 1029 (1993), Demi Monde DMCD 1029 (1993)
TARKA - CD Delerium Records DELEC CD 065 (1997)
SUMERIAN KINGS AND JOYFUL DOUBTS - CDR Tangle Edge Productions TEP 1 (2002), Auricle AMCDR 227 (2016)
COSMORAMA - CDR Tangle Edge Productions TEP 2 (2002), Auricle AMCDR 228 (2016)
SERPENTARY QUARTERS - CD Mellow Records MMP 466 (2006), LP Tangle Edge Productions TEPLP 3 (2009)
KATHAMKARAM ‎- LP Synesthetic Recordings SYRE 025 (2008)
Long Time Since I Saw An Egg / Ambrosia Parallels - 7" Synesthetic Recordings SYRE 027 (2009)
DROPOUTS - 3LP Tangle Edge Productions TEPLP 4/5/6 (2010), 2CD Tangle Edge Productions TEPCD 6/7 (2010)
INFINITY STEPS BACK - 2LP Pancromatic PLP 2021 (2016)

unique Tangle Edge tracks on various artists releases...
 ESCAPE FROM THE CAGE 1: SPACE-ROCK & THE 4TH DIMENSION - MC Auricle AMC 040 (1989), CDR Auricle AMSCDR 007 (2002) track: Banana-Raincoat
FUN WITH MUSHROOMS - LP/CD Delerium DELEC 009 (1992) track: Half-Moon Flower
LIVE-OPTAGELSER FRA RYTMEPOSTEN - CD Rytmeposten (1994) track: End of The Rainbow
TURN CENTURY TURN - CD Mother West mwr010499 (1999) track: Dxui

Tangle Edge articles and reviews in Audion - #13/7, #16/21, #19/11, #23/34, #28/36, #38/42, #42/43, #47/37, #52/35, #53/38, #54/9

 

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