Tik & Tok's 'Dream Orphans' CD now includes as a bonus
the 2005 dark and blistering version of "Vile Bodies".
Produced by Geoff Pinckney and Peter Steer from tenek!
£15 (inc. postage in the UK & Europe) £18 (inc. postage for the rest of the planet).
Purchase by PayPal only to:firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy!
a 22 year lunchbreak Tik & Tok returned in 2007 with a brand new eclectic
album that ranges from lo - fi ambient to full - on electronica. Enjoy!
done boys, the album has an edge, a uneasy undertone that makes you
feel uncertain, unsure of what's coming next. I don't know why but I
feel slightly dirty after playing it, probably the sweaty bits in the
middle! This is how I would describe the album: Kraftwerk meets Vangelis, fondles Numan and gets a good kicking from
the Prodigy, all with a modern dance style and plenty of the TnT tartiness
we all love." From Zag. Feb 07.
by Keith (Blue 22)
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue
these then are the facets that make Dream Orphans a natural
successor to the 1984 Intolerance album. Orphans
offering the listener a broad spectrum of musical styles ranging from
delicate ambience to industrial strength electronica; from thrash metal
to dub, its all here to one extent or another. For a better part
of its duration the album appears to shift through a series of
atmospheres like some kind of musical travelogue, its constituent
parts threaded together by a variety of garbled samples, with many nods
to the past adding a ready air of familiarity to the new material.
Like a slow train moving off the music graduates from the cinematic
drama of the opening title track through to a generally more laid back/ambient
first half to the album set, events gathering pace building to a steady
head of steam. Theres a twist at the halfway mark with Intolerance
V, then were away on a musical rollercoaster of a
ride with a whole bunch of tracks that are pure electronica, cram packed
with as much dynamism as could possibly be squeezed into each of the
pieces,( just like in the good old days). The tracks thriving on a carefully
cultivated framework of driving rhythms set to stun.
General highlights: - there are many!!! Track two,
A Strange Spacial Circumstance is a well paced ambient
track. Most uplifting, light and airy; the gypsy violin improvisations
are absolutely spot on. Tokyo Girls
l found to be alittle too lightweight and poppy for my taste, but theres
no denying that the sequencing and mood cannot be faulted. The same
is true of the following track Your Face
or Mine, a track in which grows in intensity, but at just
5 mins ends way too soon taking until its final minute to really
get into its stride. The edgy Intolerance
V for me makes that transition of two decades between albums
perfectly. Track ten,Gone Sparky
is where things really peek; a defined musical statement and for
my money where the guys should be heading next. Its loud
and proud with just a hint of devil may care about it!!!.
Dream Orphans is an album which
l found to be stronger as a whole rather than one which relies on the
individual merits of its tracks,( the same could and most
probably was said of Intolerance back in the 80s)
each track feeding off the others strengths adding momentum and
variety, though never really straying too far from that musical path
that Tik and Tok fans will be more than happy with. This coupled
with a crisp and punchy production job which at its very heart
sees a solid core of melody around which multilayered synth textures
swirl and rather adept sequencing moves.
The subtle,( and sometimes not so subtle) guitar work throughout pinning
everything together adding that all important human touch to events,
making for music which sounds composed rather than generated. The anthemic
Time4Us winds up the album set in such a way as to
almost parody their own 80s style, but dont turn off the
CD just yet as the hidden track 14,Runny
Dutch Rub A Dub plays after a short pause. Its a
completely fun track that has little if anything to do with the rest
of the album, demonstrating that the lads arent taking themselves
All said and done a frighteningly good album that manages to keep a
foot firmly down on the entertainment pedal!!!