In part, the core rhythm section of brothers Micha and Markus Acher had spent a great deal of time perfecting the sound of their other group the Notwist's last disc, while also recording and performing with separate projects Ms John Soda and Lali Puna. Morr Music In returning to the Tied and Tickled Trio fold for Observing Systems, the nucleus of the group's rhythm section now featuring some great hand percussion is all the more rock-steady for the group's expanded horn section to play off. The disc's eleven compositions are nothing short of brilliant in the orchestrating, arranging and conducting departments which marry up modern jazz combo horns with thick, live grooves and electronic elements. Four other interesting, electronic-based avant garde-type interludes weave between these tracks. For a recording that features thirteen musicians, the only presence of electric guitar on this disc is the brief, sampled motif which introduces the infectious "Revolution.
Share on Twitter Open share drawer There aren't too many albums out there that can simultaneously evoke the chandeliered, satin-curtained ballrooms of s Hollywood and Don't let the goofy bandname throw you, by the way-- this is heady music by accomplished musicians most of which are either members or associates of The Notwist. Also, they're not really a trio, typically arranging their music for twice that many musicians. This is actually the Trio's fourth full-length of slippery electronic jazz, and they've gotten successively better as time has passed, this time choosing to augment organic performances with dub and mechanical flourishes.