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Big Black Square

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Album Review

The exact converse of its sister EP, Paper White, Big Black Square is a 43-minute improvisation and was the last thing recorded by the group during the We Move Through Weather sessions. Unlike Paper White or even We Move Through Weather, Big Black Square retains a darker quality right from the immediate onset, using field recordings and sounds of raindrops in an alleyway to segue into familiar drones and industrial sounds. It's only about 15 minutes into this stark exercise in ambience that the first hints of percussion come in and the band begins full force. It's not so much an exercise in post-rock as it is a display of the band's sonic limits. The result is a full-length performance that stacks up to anything else Tarentel has ever committed to disc.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

The line-up of Trevor Montgomery, Daniel Paul Grodinski, Jonathan Joseph Hughes, Jefre Cantu-Ledesma, and Jeffery Rosenberg have been composing lengthy, indie-ambient ballads under the moniker of Tarentel. Since their 1998 debut EP, this San Francisco quintet have been churning out Brian Eno-influenced instrumentals with the help of the Baltimore based label The Temporary Residence Limited. This label eventually...
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