TETREZENE What Once Was (New Glue Records) Rating: NNNN Rating: NNNN
Tetrezene may just be the missing link between the Cocteau Twins and Protection-era Massive Attack. Monochromatic rhythms, droning guitar, hypnotic bass and minimal programming and vocals create an emotive soundscape that defies traditional songwriting. This is late-night dreamy music more suited to a couch and headphones than a car and a main strip. How to make a song with no beginning, middle or end last for 24 minutes and completely blow you away is a trick many bands can't figure out. Maybe the secret is the use of lap steel guitar, played by NOW's Benjamin Boles to such mesmerizing effect it would shock the shit out of Nashville to know these sounds were even possible.
Tetrezene launch What Once Was on October 24 at the IV Lounge.