After checking out Scottish Electronica producers Plum and Fiona Soe Paing Ralph thought it was time to turn his attention to some electro/pop a bit nearer to home so here's Tingle In The Netherlands from Manchester. If you're expecting doom 'n' gloom heavy synths think again.
Their lyrical narratives are certainly 'different' and to prove the point I quote a line from 'The Housewives Lament' from their debut album released on the Nerve Echo label.....'Why Can't You Write Something Nice For A Change'.....
"I'm shagging the milkman...and I'm shagging him good."
It's a tale of angst ridden female revenge best served cold on a bed of light, clean, crisp synth in a Ladytron stylee..... Depeche Mode with a sense of humour and the vocalisations of The Flying Lizards.
The entity that is Tingle In The Netherlands comprises poet Helên Thomas and electronic musician Owen J and they've been honing their craft since 2009. While Owen creates the majority of the music Helên provides most; but not all, of the lyrics as well as contributing some vocal melodies.
Their first EP, ‘Prostitute's Handbag’ was released in 2010 and included a remix by Atomizer of the title track ‘Prostitute's Handbag’ which reached number 11 in the Dandelion Radio Festive Fifty 2010. There are obvious comparisons to be made (which I'll avoid) but their quirky lyrics and tightly produced music are quite unique.
Tingle In The Netherlands eclectic sound has led to them being played at numerous events and clubs including Club Lash and Analogue Trash at Legends, Manchester. Bed Supperclub Bangkok, The Whitby Goth Weekend and numerous clubs in London, Berlin and Tokyo. They've been played on the radio in the US and Argentina, Dandelion Radio in the UK, local radio in Manchester and have been asked to create a mix for The Garden of Earthly Delights on CRMK Radio. Although they've performed at Ste McCabe’s Pussywhipped event in Manchester they consider ourselves to be a studio band so sadly, at the moment they don't have any plans to perform live.
Ralph's advice.....go buy yourself a copy of 'Why Can't You Write Something Nice For A Change'.....have a listen to 'Prostitutes Handbag' because with lyrics like "Made in China - Bought with Vagina" it's the most fun you can have with your headphones and clothes on!