Friday, March 21, 2014

REVIEW: Tripping the Light Fantastic - ... Is Tripping the Light Fantastic

One of the great secrets of the indie pop world is the existence of Jigsaw Records.  They scour the world for all manner of pop records, and generally will have in stock wonderful stuff you won't find elsewhere.  And if you live in the US, you can avoid international postage on the great releases Chris, the Jigsaw CEO, brings back from his trips abroad.  And not content to bring you delicious pop from other labels, Jigsaw runs its own label as well, and we think it is worth writing about.

Today's focus is the Hamburg, Germany outfit Tripping the Light Fantastic, and their debut album ... Is Tripping the Light Fantastic.  The band was formed in 2001, and assumed its current name in 2008.  Their past releases include several singles and an EP.  With a large line-up consisting of Frauke Brammer, Adrian Adam, Cornelius von Tiedermann, Henning Kasbohm, Jil Hesse, Johannes Huhmann, Leif Gutschow, and Tilman van der Leeden, the band can deploy male female voices in multiple combinations.  Musically, they appear related to the Glasgow guitar pop of The Pastels and Orange Juice, but  as you might expect with a collective this size, Tripping the Light Fantastic benefits from the infusion of a number of musical personalities.  The ten tracks include jangle pop, ballads, sugary noise pop, vampy piano-driven tunes and a bit of chamber pop.  There is a lot of fun here, and the digital copy is only $7.  Take THAT, iTunes!

You can purchase a digital copy or a CD at the Bandcamp link below, as well as stream the entire album.

Bandcamp for album
Jigsaw Records page for album

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