TENGGER have returned to ease your mind and bring you some much needed peace with the soothing Nomad. 

The South Korean/Japanese wedded couple that make up TENGGER are extremely adept at crafting music that feels both natural and electronic with a deeply spiritual core. The songs on this new record are perhaps the greatest example of this, as they are all constructed from retro synth waves that flow like snaking rivulets and lilting birdsongs while harmonizing with singer Itta’s divine vocals.

For instance, in the dazzling “Achime,” analogue pulses loop and repeat like a computerized raga, while textured electro drones build and soar with a chorus of heavenly vocalizations (again, provided by Itta). The song radiates with a positive, triumphant energy and cascades with life, like the gorgeous waterfall seen on the album cover.

The record’s combination of motorik beats, cosmic atmospherics and influence of nature makes it sound like some long lost Krautrock record. Tracks like the hypnotic “Eurasia” could easily be the Edgar Froese/Cluster/Popol Vuh jam that never was.

Yet, there’s a significant amount of heart and humanity that can be felt throughout the album, especially in the dreamlike tranquility of “Us,” that makes TENGGER’s latest offering stand out from its potential influences and its peers. There’s a nurturing compassionate vibe throughout the record’s six songs that surrounds and calms the listener. It’s a feeling that says: “It’ll be ok.” “You don’t need to feel alone.“I’m here for you.” With the year we’ve all been having so far, we all could use an album like this.

You can get yourself this lush, stunning LP from your friends and mine, Beyond Beyond is Beyond, right now.


Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and Thewaster.com and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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