Album review: TAUTOLOGIC – Re:Psychle

TAUTOLOGIC - Re:Psychle

[Release date 18.01.18]

If you’re into ‘prog’ and looking for something, well, ‘different’, then this release from Chicago-based sextet Tautologic could be worth exploring.  It’s like nothing you’ve ever heard before, at least not on a single album.

Formed back in 1997 by Ethan Sellers (vocals, keyboardist and acoustic guitar) and drummer guitarist Pat Buzby, and born out of a shared appreciation 70′s progressive rock, the band released albums in 2000 (their debut, West Is North, East Is South) and 2002 (The Basement Sessions), and had a third  Psychle – in the pipeline when financial constraints put the band on ice.

A decade on, that project sees the light of day, in the form of Re:Psychle, and  it sees past and present band members throwing just about everything into the melting pot.

Everyone will spot their own reference points, but there’s a bewildering breadth  from Steely Dan jazz inflected guitar work married to 10cc wordsmithery (‘Loud Shoes’), through pastoral Caravan/King Crimson (‘The Gospel Lady’, ‘Osaka Garden’) moments, and strange juxtapositions like ELO and Steeleye Span (‘Not If But When’).

Other influences randomly spring to mind – like The Beatles, David Byrne and Talking Heads – as beguiling melodies shift effortlessly through rock, opera, the classics, Calypso, reggae, and folk, while blues guitars duet with cellos.

Like a good thriller there’s a twist at every turn, but don’t take my word for it  if you’re in the mood for something weird and wonderful, check Re:Psychle out for yourself at Bandcamp.com.  ***1/2

Review by Pete Whalley


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