Tied + Tickled Trio是来自德国的五人电声团体.最初Markus Acher与Christopher Brandner只是一对精于打击乐器演奏的音乐组合，后来因为一次展览场合而结识了另一名电子乐手Andreas Gerth，随后并招揽Markus Acher弟弟Micha，以及萨克斯手Johannes Enders的加入,Tied + Tickled Trio正式成型.
07年发行的新专辑"Aelita",Tied + Tickled Trio放下为人熟知的爵士音乐概念重投对独立电子创作的热爱.大量采用木琴、钟琴与小型簧片风琴等乐器作为伴奏,搭配阴郁电子氛围谱写出迷人的古典电子篇章.专辑同名曲"Aelita",一如巴黎女伶Colleen音乐里的古灵精怪之姿.长达八分多钟的"You Said Tomorrow Yesterday"在风琴充满中世纪浪漫风情与阵阵低限电子节拍的调效之下,似乎是受到巴洛克主义的薰染而来."Tamaghis"迷人的Dub音乐剪裁.被誉为是Echo-Chamber-Music的典范.
Coming out of the indie scene of Weilheim, Germany the Tied and Tickled Trio have released yet another album of cerebral minimalist jazz and electro-dub. The band, which isn’t really a trio at all, emanates from other Weilheim acts including the ambient rock group The Notwist and indietronic outfit Lali Puna. The trio’s 2003 effort, Observing Systems, was a successful attempt at electro-jazz fusion, blending the traditional with the avant garde to create an ambitious album of danceable grooves and electronic soundscapes—sort of like Medeski Martin and Wood if they dropped some peyote, jammed out for days and then tweaked around with Pro Tools.
Aelita takes us down a separate, yet equally eclectic path. The songs are dark and brooding. The album is intensely deliberate and oddly coherent (The record is book-ended by “Aelita 1” and “3”, while “Aelita 2” shows up smack in the middle). Songs stretch out beyond the eight-minute mark, and can sometimes go four or five minutes deep with little, or no, percussion. The instrumental dub on Aelita has the free-form feel of a jazz composition while at the same time possessing the spatial dreamscapes present in so much atmospheric pop these days. This unlikely combination creates a soothing, yet ominous, feeling—sort of like an approaching storm.
Essentially Aelita is a concept album without any lyrics. The songs emit the desolate, solitary nature of a Texas landscape, with their sparse and textured arrangements. The album isn’t likely to evoke intense interest among jazz enthusiasts (some may even consider it banal). But within this genre, which has not fully embraced the era of Pro-Tools, The Tied and Tickled Trio has constructed a compelling argument to meld these two worlds together. Let’s hope these musicians quit their day jobs (as indie rockers) because they could do some groundbreaking things with these traditional genres.
01. Aelita, Pt.1
02. You Said Tomorrow Yesterday
04. Aelita, Pt.2
05. Rocket Debris Cloud Drifts
07. Other Voices Other Rooms
08. Aelita, Pt.3