Title: Gate One
Artist: TNKS
Release Date: 2014 July 15
Genre: Electronic
License: CC BY-NC-SA
Label: Sucu Music

Introduction

Behind gate number one we have a release that defied my understanding of Sucu Music. I have come to expect most of the releases from Sucu Music to be in the ambient and experimental areas.  However, this release does not fit that (mis)perception I had.

Behind Gate Number One

This is a release I would¬†have mostly categorized as electronic pop music. ¬†But not your typical electronic pop — the use of electronics borrows heavily from more experimental and soundscape styles of music with a bent towards being slightly more dark / dense.

TNKS (aka Francesco Palermo) teamed up with Gaetano Fontanazza and Tony Colina in producing this recording.  Together they have produced a recording that really is unique in terms of style.

Take ‘Theatrical’, a track that starts with a thumping bass line and mechanical drum machine with vocals that sound like something from a German rock band. ¬†And the lyrics are about a character that is experiencing a break with sanity. ¬†This definitely not the material of standard pop music, nor is the instrumentation with noises and atonal guitar stabs, and several other elements. ¬†But it works, not just works, it’s a gripping and engaging piece.

‘Nocturne’ opens with a synthesized bass line, and a drum track that literally fools me every time into thinking I am listening to a track from Professor Kliq. ¬†But then the layered guitars enter into the work and I know we aren’t listening to Kliq. ¬†Once things have percolated and built a bit, we have the introduction of an odd phone conversation into the piece. ¬†It really takes the piece to a new level of the unusual.

I could go on covering each piece on this release because all of them are exceptional. ¬†But I will mention just a couple more. ‘Sinapsi’ is a burbling rhythm and synth filled track with a late Berlin School feel and an almost glitch touch to it, while ‘Inside Winter’ is a very melodic, ambient jazz type of tune.

There’s¬†few words to express how astounded I am by this release. ¬†First it shattered my expectations for Sucu Music’s output — in a good way. ¬†Then it kept surprising me from track to track with quirky smile-inducing tunes, and foot shuffling grooves. ¬†Scratching deeper, the number of elements and styles¬†referenced is nothing short of a marvel.

Conclusion

Do I like this recording? ¬†I didn’t think I left any doubt, but: hells yes I like this recording. ¬†This is another example of what the music industry is missing today: the kind of musicality and experimentation that puts this release on the edge, but still is a very accessible electronic pop music work. ¬†I would give a bit round of applause to all the artists involved in bringing this release into the world:¬†Francesco Palermo, Gaetano Fontanazza and Tony Colina.

TNKS: Gate One

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8.5

Rating

8.5/10

Posted by George De Bruin

2 Comments

  1. wow, that’s great! Why thank you for the review and glad you enjoyed the @frances08541837 music

    1. Aha! He does have a Twitter account. I searched for TNKS, but didn’t find it. ūüôā

      Thank you guys for the work on the release. I have to say it made a nice change from many of the other releases I’ve been listening to, and it is a really fun listen.

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