Sven B. Schreiber (sbs)
"The Flood" already was an album as beautiful as can be. "The Question" is in the same vein, and even goes a step further with regard to the songwriting, featuring sublime large-scale horn and string arrangements that are not of this world. Maybe I should issue a warning, because this music is highly addictive, but on the other hand... what a wonderful addiction!
Favorite track: Something More.
Tulalah are a group from Melbourne and this album is, I think, very very good indeed. A big but well crafted and gentle sound with beautifully inventive arrangements, orchestrations and female lead vocals. Highly recommended.
Favorite track: Lungs.
A change to the original line up has left little impact on the character of their sound. The arrangements are sublime; exploring dynamics, phrasing, focusing on the vocal harmonies, keeping the time signatures away from the conventional and letting other sections meander to relax the pace. And this is all I the first 3 track preview. The Flood, the best debut I've heard from a band in ages, will be hard to eclipse but I think they could pip it. Fingers crossed!
'The Question' is the second studio album from Melbourne-based eight-piece, TULALAH.
TULALAH weave their broad influences into a unique brand of 'Orchestral Folk' with a distinctive Australian sound.
'The Question' was recorded in a number of spaces throughout Victoria including a family beach house in Blairgowrie and several churches within Melbourne.
A very special thanks goes out to the Conos Family for enabling this album.
released June 19, 2017
Lena Douglas // Vocals and Piano
Nicholas Roder // Guitars and Vocals
Jesse Glass // Drum Kit, Glockenspiel and Vocals
Andrew Clarke // Guitars and Vocals
Stephen Hornby // Double Bass
Theodore Conos // Tenor and Soprano Saxophones
Felix Watson // Trumpet and Flugelhorn
Finn Bennet // Trombone and Vocals
With help from //
Fabian Acuna // Trumpet
Cheryl Durongpisitkul // Alto Saxophone
Ian Wildsmith // French Horn
Jane Robertson // Clarinet
Lawrence Dobell // Clarinet
Willow Stahlut // Violin
Rose Kavanagh // Violin
Susanna Ling // Viola
Anita Quayle // Cello
Tracking & Mixing Engineer: Jono Steer
Assistant Tracking Engineer: Callum Edwards
Mastering Engineer: Joe Carra
Photography and Design: Georgina Jane Design
Horn and String Arrangements: Nicholas Roder, Felix Waston and Andrew Clarke
Ah, why didn't I buy this earlier? Has been on my wishlist since it's release and Bad Elephant Music's sampler and ongoing sales campaign luckily triggered the buy.
Tags given are post-progressive and post-rock, but the music feels much lighter than I usually associate with those tags. Quite song-oriented, indeed. Great music, great vocals. Carsten Pieper