TUNNEL, THE: Apparition Overdrive: CD

Mar 22, 2016

I would guess that of all the music I like to listen to, about ninety percent of it is because it is fun. Music makes me happy. The Tunnel falls into the other ten percent. It isn’t fun and it doesn’t make me happy… But I can’t stop listening. Every time I try and to put it into words, I end up hitting backspace because it’s not quite right. I can’t remember the last time I had this much trouble describing a band. If the band is reading this, I apologize for this ham-handed attempt to describe what I am hearing. Musically, it is as if you’re able to combine The Jesus Lizard with Portishead and it somehow works. The vocals are a whole other story—they creep and croon around the songs—yet are right out in front of everything. It slides a bit too far into “bluesy weirdo” territory for my liking at times, but not enough for me to want to turn it off. In fact, I can’t turn it off. This record is not enjoyable yet incredibly satisfying.

 –Ty Stranglehold (Glorious Alchemical, insidethetunnel.com)