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An intimate overture. Woodwind instruments in a whispering dialog. With “octant” this second album of the Tied & Tickled Trio begins far away from the Storm and Stress of their self-titled debut. It begins in a mood that is typical for “EA1 EA2”, which was originally released on the small Weilheim-based label Payola in autumn 1999. Also the second track “unwohlpol” - built around an electronic pattern - spreads a calm, nearly melancholic atmosphere. Or “yolanda” with its charming piano tune, a remembrance of Eric Satie or a long autumn walk.
“EA1 EA2“ is a cool, sometimes even a calculated album. It is about reducing and pausing; less free-jazz than the debut. Like in “d.b. track” where the nervous shimmering of electronic noises flows into the warmth of a swelling trombone. “cool jazz” - that's what the press was reminded of.
In some directions “EA1 EA2” is the consequent follow-up to The Tied & Tickled Trio's self-titled first album. It isn't a minor intensive record, but it is intensive in a more introvert manner. The different influences of The Tied & Tickled Trio are clearly separated: Sensitive Jazz without fear of pleasant soundings, noisy but carefully measured electronics and the polyrhythmic drumming of Markus Acher and Casper Brandner, who had both started the Tied & Tickled Trio as a drums-only duo in 1994.
But there was also something new about the debut: “EA1 EA2“ deals with the recording studio's possibilities in a curious and open-minded way. It phrases the difference between the live and the studio situation, which from then on became a challenge for The Tied & Tickled Trio. Seven years later the band has just released film material of one of their recent concerts on their DVD “observing systems” on Morr Music as a result of this process: Their concerts are not just a reproduction of their studio recordings and vice versa.

Tied & Tickled Trio: Ea1 Ea2

Octant (Intro) Tied & Tickled Trio 1' 59''
Unwohlpol Tied & Tickled Trio 3' 15''
D.b. Track Tied & Tickled Trio 3' 31''
Utrom Tied & Tickled Trio 5' 48''
Yolanda Tied & Tickled Trio 2' 37''
Van Brunt Tied & Tickled Trio 4' 19''
Sevastopol Tied & Tickled Trio 3' 04''
4 Pole Tied & Tickled Trio 6' 18''
Numerate Tied & Tickled Trio 1' 40''
Octant (Outro) Tied & Tickled Trio 2' 37''
Curry Park Tied & Tickled Trio 4' 43''
Monolith Tied & Tickled Trio 4' 25''
Wedding Song (T+tt Remix) Tied & Tickled Trio 4' 18''

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