Trinity Laban-based trio Tandem have just released their debut album "From Good Stock", a fascinating and highly original blend of folk music and electronics which defies conventional classification.
The traditionally inspired contemporary fiddle and guitar band was formed when third-year guitar student Dave Malkin and fiddle player Charlie Pell teamed up with Trinity Laban composer Ben Corrigan. Dave and Charlie, who also studied composition at Trinity Laban, had made music together since their school days, while Ben added the electronic elements. The music blends guitar and fiddle and occasional vocals around haunting electrickery to create a shimmering, reflective soundscape.
To produce the album, Dave assembled a classy troupe of fellow students and musicians to add a golden-threaded overlay to an already rich tapestry of sound. Featured guest musicians include Pete Hill (drums), Ben Hayes (bass), Timea Gazdag (vocals), Tom Dennis (trumpet), Sam James (keys), and celebrated Irish percussionist Keiran Leonard, all Trinity Laban students.
The album was written, arranged, recorded and mastered by the trio.
"It's been a long, hard process, but rewarding ultimately to maintain complete control of the project, preserve the purity of the vision we had and have the support we needed to realise our dream of getting our music heard by wider audiences."
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Pictured: Tandem, from left, Ben Corrigan, Dave Malkin and Charlie Pell