Taavi Tulev 12"

by Taavi Tulev

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    Compositions selected for this album were created between 2004 and 2011
    Vinyl only edition.

    Side A:
    1: Orelimüra – Noise of the Organ (2006)
    2: Ilmaga – With Absence (2008)
    3: Kakao Tume Minevik – The Dark Past of Cocoa (2011)

    Side B:
    1: Milleks Ärgata? – Why Wake Up? (2008)
    2: Seisundi Seiskumine – Halting of State (2008)
    3: Pihlakad – Rowan Berries (2004)
    4: Taas – Again (2006)

    Cover painting by Holger Loodus, based on a photo taken by Fred Laur
    Handwriting by Riin Murov

    ~30min, 180g

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This album consists of works made in a broader range of time. The material is released on vinyl only!
Tracks listenable here are previews only.

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REVIEWS:

Textura, March 2016:
Though Taavi Tulev is apparently well known in his native Estonia, the electronic music composer's name is less familiar to those of us living outside its borders. That makes this self-titled, vinyl-only release an especially valuable document for the simple reason that its seven tracks are drawn from a seven-year period of activity, specifically 2004 to 2011, and thus provide a solid introduction to the composer's music as well as a good overview of it. The album is a mere thirty minutes in length, yet each setting manages to make a complete statement within the time granted to it.

Tulev's been active as a field recordist for many years, but that side of his production approach is downplayed on the album's seven pieces, which are generally electronic compositions free of extra-musical content. His background in interior and architectural design and engineering makes itself felt in the care with which the soundscapes have been conceived and structured. While the pieces function perfectly well as stand-alones, it also would be easy to imagine them incorporated into display environments.

Though its title translates as “Noise of the Organ,” “Orelimüra” exudes an early electronic character in its layering of brooding bass tones, mid-range patterns, and upper-register flourishes. Rich in ominous atmospheric treatments and throbbing pulses, “Ilmaga” (With Absence) brings a chilliness and austerity to the album that collapses the distance between Tulev and Pan Sonic. Using ultra-minimal means, Tulev conjures in “Milleks Ärgata?” (Why Wake Up?) an invitingly becalmed ambient landscape dotted with detail, whereas “Seisundi Seiskumine” (Halting of State) is declamatory and stately, much like a country's anthem. “Taas” (Again) concludes the album on a wistful and soothing note using combinations of lilting chords and old-school drum machine patterns.

All such pieces are fine, but the album's standouts are 2011's “Kakao Tume Minevik” (The Dark Past of Cocoa) and 2004's “Pihlakad” (Rowan Berries) for the way they capture the fullness of Tulev's vision. In the former, his skills as a sound designer come to the fore when various elements—claps, hi-hat patterns, synth washes, and chugging rhythms—cohere into an aggressive exercise in industrial IDM-electronica; the latter by comparison harks back to the early days of electronic exploration, with synth melodies this time augmented by celeste, flute, and string sonorities.

Tulev's melodic material communicates much, even when a piece is no more than three minutes long. Despite such brevity, Taavi Tulev encompasses a generous range of moods and styles, and one leaves the album hearing its creator as a member of that league of explorative electronic composers whose work branches out into related areas such as ambient and IDM. The musical content on the album offers no small amount of listening pleasure, and the presentation of the release—an attractive cover painting by Holger Loodus and the crimson red vinyl pressing—also does much to strengthen its appeal.
www.textura.org/reviews/tulev_taavitulev.htm


Eesti Ekspress, 2016.04.20:
Seitse aastatel 2004–2011 salvestatud lugu, mille Taavi Tulev on pressinud punasele vinüülile, langevad meeleolult ja olekult Tulevi varasemate plaadistatud soolotegevuste vahele. Ühelt poolt tema loodushäältesalvestusplaadid („Rand“, „Kuku!“), mis on põhimõtteliselt üles lindistatud õnn, teiselt poolt tema varasemad katsetuslikud elektroonikateosed (artistinime Wochtzchée alt), mis on olnud üsna elektrilised, nurgelised ja sutskavad. Uus plaat on niisamuti elektrooniline, aga avar ja rahustav nagu loodus.
Tulev armastab oma hoolega valitud ja otsitud kõlasid ja käitub nende kõigiga nii lugupidavalt, et ei näi üht teistele eelistavat. Ükski saund ei ole tingimata esiplaanil, peaosas, kõik joonistuvad reljeefselt, isegi kehaliselt välja. Kui see plaat oleks kudum, siis need saundid oleksid kui eri värvi jämedad lõngad, mis aeglaselt üle teinese sõlmuvad. Ja nii – paiguti selgemaid, paiguti abstraktsemaid – mustreid luues.
Aga eks see plaat ole ka techno. Techno, millel luustikku – rütmipille ja bassi – pole, on ainult liha – suured saundid, mis meie elamuse ruumiliseks teevad. Kui luustikku ise ette kujutada, siis mulle tundub, et Tulevi kaunistused sobivad kõige rohkem dub-techno kaunistuseks. Lugu „Kakao tume minevik“ vajab muidugi äkilisemat hoogu, sest pala lõpust tuiskub ehtsat acid-krudinat.
Aga piisavalt hea on tõesti juba vaid Tulevi helisid jälgida. Kuidas nad kulgevad, kuhu suubuvad, milliseid kujusid loovad – sellest jagub loominguliseks kuulamiseks juba küll ja veel. (Ja kui ma enne mõtlesin, et võrdlus kudumiga tuli juhuslikult, siis nüüd meenub, et Tulev tegi plaadi punast värvi just sellepärast, et kandis lugude valmimise ajal punast kampsunit. Nii et see fantaasiarikkus on tal vist üsna põhjalikult alateadvusesse suunatud.)
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released February 17, 2016

All tracks are composed, performed, mixed and mastered by Taavi Tulev
Painting by Holger Loodus, based on a photo by Fred Laur
Handwriting by Riin Murov
ISRC EETA11600001

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